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What are Doshas in Ayurveda.

In Ayurveda, dosas (or doshas) are the three fundamental energies that govern physiological and psychological functions in the body. They are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosa is associated with specific elements and governs various bodily functions:

Vata Dosha: Comprised of the elements of air and ether, Vata governs movement, including breathing, muscle movement, and the pulsation of the heart. It’s also associated with creativity and flexibility.

Pitta Dosha: Made up of the elements of fire and water, Pitta is linked to metabolism, digestion, and energy production. It’s also associated with intelligence and understanding.

Kapha Dosha: Formed from the elements of earth and water, Kapha governs the structure and lubrication of the body. It’s associated with stability, strength, and immunity.

In Ayurveda, balance among the dosas is thought to be essential for maintaining good health, while imbalances are believed to lead to illness. Ayurvedic practices aim to identify an individual’s unique dosic constitution and provide guidelines for diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies to restore or maintain dosic balance.

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