Balancing the Doshas
Balancing your Prakriti through your diet and daily routine can sometimes be more beneficial then herbs, supplements or what we know as “medicine”. One of the wonderfully practical aspects of Ayurveda is that anything can be used as a medicine because everything that exists has quality. This includes but is not limited to: herbs, foods, colors, drinks, environments, essential oils, lifestyle practices, and relationship choices.
Ayurveda teaches us that if a dosha increases beyond its original, natural proportion for us, it fosters an environment where disease can flourish. It is common for our predominant to increase more quickly than other doshas because we tend to perpetuate what we know best. For example, if your dominant dosha is Vata, you will naturally incline towards a life filled with activity, due to the mobile quality of Vata. However, if you are too active, you are likely to aggravate Vata eventually and thereby exhaust the nervous system.
If a dosha increases in our bodies, Ayurveda suggests that we will want to decrease it to restore a healthy balance to our constitution. Just as if you had a pile of dirt, and you keep on adding dirt on to the pile, you are just to have a bigger pile of dirt. Medicines are substances that decrease the excess dosha by providing the opposite qualities to it. For example, if Kapha has increased due to the slow quality, or excess stagnation in your life, activity such as walking can be a medicine.