Simple Guidelines For Decreasing Vata
Signs & Symptoms of Increased Vata
You may be experiencing some of the following signs or symptoms:
- nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
- twitches, tics, tremors, spasms
- dry or chapped skin
- constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stools
- low body weight
- dislike of cold and wind
- difficulty tolerating loud noises
- light, interrupted sleep
- spacey, scattered feeling
- excess thinking or worrying
To decrease vata, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. Here are a few underlying concepts that these strategies are based on:
Vata Pacifying Herbal Remedies
Herbs are useful allies when it comes to balancing the doshas. Ayurveda has a long history detailing the use of herbs and herbal combinations. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will customize herbal formulas to suit the unique constitutions of their clients. General formulas based on traditional combinations of herbs are also used. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for balancing vata. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will customize herbal formulas to suit the unique constitutions of their clients. General formulas based on traditional combinations of herbs are also used. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for balancing vata.
- For a broad spectrum vata pacifying herbal formula consider Healthy Vata
- To support mental calmness and well-being consider Tranquil Mind
- To balance vata in the joints, nerves and muscles consider Joint Support
- For dry or chapped skin consider Vata Massage Oil
- To support healthy elimination consider Triphala
- To support healthy weight gain consider Ashwagandha
- For dislike of cold and wind consider Healthy Vata
- For difficulty tolerating loud noises consider Healthy Vata
- To Support a sound, restful sleep consider I Sleep Soundly
- To Support stability and grounded awareness consider Mental Clarity
- To support healthy, comfortable digestion consider Vata Digest
- Life as you would imagine a master would: with calm awareness and a gentle pace.
- A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc.
- A daily 10-20 min. self-massage with 1/2 c. warm sesame oil. Click here for more information on abhyanga.
- A gentle exercise routine that includes a calm, stretch-focused form of yoga, Tai qi (tai chi), qi gong (chi gong), walking, swimming (but don’t get chilled) about five times per week.
- Keeping warm, no matter what the weather.
- Sweet, soothing music, smells, scenes and company.
- Vata-reducing oils.
- Vata-reducing herbs and remedies.
Our lives, environments and health change regularly. We recommend that you take this Vikriti test again in about month. Then you can see how things have changed and decide which remedies would be the most beneficial to regain balance. It may be helpful to learn more about vata so that you can understand why following these simple guidelines really can help. For more information about vata, click here.
The above information was written by Dr. Claudia Welch and edited by Melody Mischke for the exclusive use of Banyan Botanicals. The information is protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without the written permission of Dr. Claudia Welch and Banyan Botanicals. More about Dr. Claudia Welch
The above Prakriti test and results are intended as a convenient tool to provide practical information on your Ayurvedic constitutional type. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. In addition, it should be noted that while this information should be considered highly useful it is not meant to replace the skilled constitutional analysis of a professionally trained Ayurvedic Physician.