Could Knowing Your Dosha be the Secret Treatment for Your Health Complaints?
Sometimes it feels like that you need a different doctor or specialist to treat every ache and pain in your body. According to Dr. Oz, the secret to treating your health complaints may not with your doctor, but with your “Dosha” as Dr. Oz reintroduces the ancient healing practice of Ayurvedic medicine.
“I am going back in time to an ancient healing practice called 'Ayurveda.' Now Ayurveda is not about treating body parts, it’s about your body type. And it promises to be the holistic solution for all of your health complaints,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that Ayurveda is over 5,000 years old and has been recently integrated into modern medicine.
The basic premise of Ayurveda is that the health of the human body and mind are tied into the elements of life: fire, water, earth, air and space. According to Ayurvedic medicine practitioners, these elements form together into your body to create 3 distinct body types―Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which are referred to as “Doshas.” When balanced, your Dosha defines your personality. But when your Dosha is out of balance, it often leads to illness.
“A Dosha is our unique body/mind type and the Dosha is a very interesting phenomenon,” says Dr. Oz special guest Dr. Trupti Gokani, an M.D. and board certified neurologist who tells viewers that we each have a very special and unique Dosha within each of us. “With our Dosha we have the ability to dictate our ability to handle stress, digest foods, process thoughts, and manifest pain.”
This Dosha Dr. Gokani speaks of is reportedly one that is innate—in other words, we are born with our Dosha and in order to maintain good health throughout our life we need to nourish our particular Dosha by choosing the appropriate foods and lifestyle that will help keep it in balance.
“What is happening is that most of us do not know our ideal Dosha at birth and so we stress ourselves, eat certain foods, we have certain lifestyle routines that push our Dosha out of balance and our system gets out of balance. Our goal is to bring our system back into harmony,” says Dr. Gokani.
To help viewers discover their inner Dosha, Dr. Oz and Dr. Gokani define for viewers the three Dosha types and what they mean to your health.
Dosha Type #1: Pitta
“Pitta types tend to have a medium frame and a medium build,” says Dr. Gokani who elaborates further by telling viewers that Pitta has to do with the element fire and that people with this type of Dosha tend to exhibit fire–related traits such as:
• Being intense
• Having a warm body
• Are intelligent and goal oriented
• Have glowing skin
• A strong appetite
Dr. Gokani explains that when a person with a Pitta type Dosha becomes imbalanced that the fire element within begins to flare up and results in health complaints such as:
• Becoming irritable, caustic, demanding and hostile
• Developing acid reflux, nausea and diarrhea
• Difficulty with sleeping
• Feeling stressed and edgy
• Sweating a lot
• May develop itchy rashes and experience headache pain in their temples
“Pittas need cooling and Pittas need nourishing,” says Dr. Gokani who recommends that to help bring the Pitta type Dosha back in balance they should take a supplement called “AMLA” that is made from the Indian Gooseberry. The dose is 500 mg twice per day.
In addition, to help cool down an inflamed Pitta type, Dr. Gokani recommends a daily head massage using coconut oil that focuses on the top of the head, the neck and the ears—the sites of multiple acupuncture and acupressure points.
Dosha Type #2: Kapha
“The next Dosha is the ‘Kapha Dosha’ and it is composed mostly of the earth element,” says Dr. Oz. Dr. Gokani explains that because of the earthiness element, the Kapha type is one that is full bodied, well-grounded and stable. Other traits of the Kapha type include:
• Being calm and very giving
• Cold body temp
• Resilient to stress
• Having a slow digestion
And just like the Pitta type, the Kapha type exhibit characteristic health problems when their inner Dosha goes out of whack.
“With too much of the Earth element, you can begin to start to gain weight,” says Dr. Gokani who tells viewers that an unbalanced Kapha Dosha type person tends to experience additional health related complaints along with the weight gain such as:
• Poor digestion and circulation
• Sinus headaches
• Feeling unmotivated to do much of anything
“Kapha types tend to feel too grounded and too heavy,” explains Dr. Gokani when a Kapha Dosha is not in its prime health state. “For Kapha types who are feeling very sluggish and heavy, you want to be enlightened and awakened—right? So one of the things you can do is take Holy Basil,” says Dr. Gokani who tells viewers that Holy Basil will help clear congestion, clear your mind and lift your spirits. The recommended dosage for taking Holy Basil is 250-500 milligrams per day.
In addition, Dr. Gokani also recommends aromatherapy using eucalyptus oil as a great way to make you feel more refreshed and motivated again. One easy and effective way to do aromatherapy yourself is to place a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil an inner wrist and rub your wrists together. Next, place your left thumb against your left nostril—blocking it—and begin breathing through your right nostril while breathing in for two counts followed by breathing out for 4 counts. Repeat this sequence for 2-5 minutes.
“What you did by using the right nostril and eucalyptus is that right-sided breathing is very activating,” says Dr. Gokani who explains that Kapha types need to be activated and this is one way that has a great immediate effect on a person. However, if you are a Pitta type, you must block the right nostril and breathe in and out through the left nostril to prevent from over-activating i.e. inflaming your particular Dosha.
Dosha Type #3: Dosha Type #2: Vata
The Vata type of Dosha is one that is described as the most “airy” of the Dosha types.
“Vatas are small frame, small bone structures—the movers and goers,” says Dr. Gokani who tells viewers that this type is one that has the most health complaints of the three when out of balance.
Vata types have the characteristics of being:
• Without a set schedule
• A good communicator
• Cooler in body temp
Dr. Gokani tells viewers that when thinking of Vata types, you have to think of air and how it can blow through a person and how this relates to their special health problems with an imbalanced Dosha. Vatas typically experience:
• A racing mind
• Difficulty in going to sleep
• Dry hair and skin
• Cold hands and feet
• Constipation and bloating
“Vatas need what the Kaphas have too much of. Vatas need to be grounded,” says Dr. Gokani who states that imbalanced Vata type people should take something that will both ground them and warm them at the same time. Her recommendation is drinking a tea made of cumin, coriander and fennel. She tells viewers that all you need to do is take ½ teaspoon of each of the three seed types and steep them in hot water for a minute or two before drinking.
“It’s detoxifying, it’s grounding, and it really calms you. It’s great for gas and bloating. And I have my patients drink this tea throughout the day—especially during this season, which is a cold and dry season,” says Dr. Gokani.
For an additional informative article about Ayurvedic drinks that can help you fight belly fat, click-on the titled link, “Dr. Oz Reveals 4 Ayurvedic Fat Fighters That Can Help You Lose 50 Pounds.”
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