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Ayurveda Theory of Diseases

Ayurveda understanding of the diseases process

The three doshas, Vatha, Pitha and Kapha may change their proportional balance as a result of a variety of factors, such as lifestyle, diet, activities, mental/ physical stress, which are mainly occur due to a lack of understanding of our own bodies. When change takes place in our body and is pre-clinical in its development stage, it may take some time before signs and symptoms appear. Very often, when change occurs, disease may take a path along the inherited weak areas of the individual.

Sometimes, in certain individuals, disease may set in beyond the control of the individual and these are known as Karmic diseases due to the theory of cause and effect.

Ayurveda medications are mostly herbal preparations and some include natural mineral preparations. All herbs or minerals possess the following properties according to ayurveda:

Rasa - Taste

Guna - Quality

Virya - Potency (heating or cooling effects)

Vipaka - Effect after digestion and metabolism

Prabhave - Specific power of the substance


In general, all herbs have the power to increase or decrease the three doshas, Vata, Pitta or Kapha, to different extents and in different combinations.

Classical ayurveda applies theory into practice. Firstly, a physician will prescribe suitable herbs in single or combined form, with the appropriate dosage to control ailments.