Ayurveda herbs and rasayanas are taken to maintained the balance of three subtle energies; known as Vata; Pitta, and Kapha.
These energies account for all forms of matter (Kapha), the force and direction they move (Vata), and the transformations they go through (Pitta).
As all life forms possess these qualities, the purpose of Ayurveda herbs is to bring these forces into harmony so that they promote physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
All treatments are designed to return these forces to an harmonious balance rather than concentrate on what their imbalance manifests.
Thus it focuses on causes rather than symptoms and as each individual has their own particular balance or blend of these three forces, Ayurvedic treatments are person, rather than disorder specific.
Such an approach has proven effective over the centuries and as a result, many of Ayurveda's healing regimens have been adopted and refined by peoples all over the world. This may be the reason why it is considered the "mother of all medicines".
ln Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty are intimately related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively-regardless of our particular body shape or proportions. Ayurveda herbs are used to maintain this balance.
To better understand prakruti you must first understand how Ayurveda views the body. Individuals are considered to take form as a result of three life-giving forces.
"These forces are called "doshas",name-ly Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. They are considered simply as the inherent intelligence of the body: they are the invisible forces that orchestrate all the functions of the body thus shaping how we look; how our metabolic processes function, how we respond to different surround-even how we think and feel.
For example, it is the influence of Kapha that makes us salivate when we are hungry and see something that we want to eat. It is Vata that facilitates swallowing the food and Pitta that makes the digestion process possible.
In this way we can see that it is vital that doshas work together in harmony for the body to work to its maximum potential. Likewise the imbalance of the doshas is viewed as the underlying cause of all physical, mental, and spiritual problems.
The unique characteristic of Vata is dryness, Pitta is heat, and Kapha is heaviness. So, we say that whenever there is a lot of dryness in the body Vata energy is high. This may be dry skin, dry hair, cracked lips, or internal dryness resulting in constipation.
When there is excess heat, Pitta energy is high, as in the case of fevers and inflammations, or hot temper.
When there is excessive heaviness,and extra Kapha energy is present, making for excess weight, cellulite, water retention, swelling or puffiness.
Your prakruti does not change; it remains constant throughout life. The state of the doshas can change. This changed pattern is called vikruti or conditional state, as it does not match the original pattern.
It causes disruptions that eventually result in some kind of disorder Let's examine a little closer at how this vikruti comes about.
The attributes given to Vata, Pitta, and Kapha exist all around us. They manifest in the climate, living conditions, emotional atmosphere, and in the foods we eat.
These qualities from our environment act on our bodies, bringing to it their qualities. The outer elements are directly changing the balance of inner elements.Therefore Ayurveda herbs should be taken only after understanding your prakruti.