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dosha imbalances

When Vata meets an obstruction in the channels, it angers and tries to find another route – dragging Pitta and Kapha along with it until it finds a weak point, where it then release the excess doshas – causing a specific type of disease. When Vata increases under dry conditions, it causes disease directly related to Vata. Vata is the moving force and thus, is responsible for the misplacement of all the doshas. If the doshas are not adequately organized in the digestive system and toxin occurs, they enter the six tissues, if they are still not alleviated; they enter the organs causing deep-rooted illness.

In Ayurvedic diagnosis, positive signs are first looked for i.e. bright complexion, good flesh and fat, solid bones, strong nervous system, and eyes full of luster. This indicates the tissues are well nourished. Then questions on bowel movements, urine, and an examination of pulse, tongue, and face follow. Excess of Kapha causes mucus, indigestion, lethargy, cough, and nausea. Insufficient Kapha leads to weakness, dryness of skin and mouth, body aches, palpitations, and insomnia. Too much Pitta causes excess bile, creating anger, acidity, body heat, burning sensations, yellowness, lack of sleep, and excessive hunger and thirst. Insufficient Pitta accounts for coldness, a lack of vigor and joy, stiffness, and weakened digestion. Excess Vata promotes weakness, emaciation, dryness, flatulence, constipation, pain, insomnia, tremors, giddiness, and impairment of sensory and motor functions; and decreased Vata causes reduced metabolism and disturbed digestion.