Pain by doshic imbalance
Keep in mind that regardless of your prakruti (constitution), any of the three doshas can be out of balance. You can read more about the doshas and how they work in your body here.
The type of pain you are experiencing can tell you a lot about which dosha is out of balance:
- Vata pain travels. This is the type of pain associated with nerves or bones.
- Pitta pain is sharp and often accompanied by inflammation or heat.
- Kapha pain is dull, as in a sinus headache.
Some illnesses and diseases may result in pain that reflects one or more dosha imbalance. Don’t try to diagnose, just observe your experience as pain comes and goes and use a wellness journal to determine what kinds of changes you can make to reduce or eliminate pain from your life.
Ayurvedic remedies for pain relief
- Vata is cold, dry and moving. To bring it to balance, focus on adding warmth, moisture and stillness. Abhyanga with ashwagandha bala oil is especially powerful for balancing vata dosha, as are Ayurvedic treatments, such as snehan.
- Pitta is hot, oily and sharp. Balance pitta pain with cooling and soft practices. This could include applying bhringaraj oil to the pain and eliminating warming foods, such as chili peppers and coffee. The Ayurvedic treatment of shirodhara (a peaceful flow of oil running over the head in a continuous manner) calms and releases anger that can cause pain.
- Kapha is cold, wet and heavy. You can balance it by getting more active in your body. Gentle asana is great, and you can also use Banyan Botanicals’ Joint Balm to bring relief and warmth.
Whether it is pain in your body, anxiety or a diagnosis that creates fear, remember that you don’t have to let an imbalance define you. Ayurveda offers a well of wisdom for healing. You have the ability to turn back the clock at any point in time by committing to making the changes that will point you in the direction of the life you want to live.