Hi friends, in this pandemic situation, we all listen to various things, though the sources are different. News channels, WhatsApp forwards, etc. carries a lot of information with it. But, how much is trustworthy? Lots of nearby people tell you various home remedies and sometimes that’s a fail for your body type. Thus Herbal Hills came up with a series where we talk with respected and eminent doctors and know their views on a typical topic, in which they have the expertise.
Today, we have come up with the most known yet understated topic, ie ”Importance of Nadi Parikshan and Body Type in Ayurveda”. In the Ayurvedic culture, Nadi Parikshan plays a great role because it helps to examine your body and helps in providing the right medication. Another important thing while suggesting any medication is knowing your Body Type.
Today’s Expert – Dr. Sushma Khandelwal
To know all these things, today we have eminent Dr. Sushma Khadelwal. She is M.D.in Ayurveda and has been Ayurveda for the past 15 years. He owns a clinic in Indore, named as Dr. Sushma’s Ayurveda hub. She has also worked with Sri Sri Panchakarma as a nadi consultant. Along with Nadi Parikshan, she also deals with various health issues such as Migrain, hyperacidity, allergic rhinitis, childhood asthma, infertility, depression, insomnia, digestive disorders. Dr. Sushma also talks about the Lifestyle, Stress, and Various health problems in Clubs, Institutes, National & International conferences to empower common people. Dr. Sushma is also a visiting consultant at RRCAT.
Let’s see what are her views on these following common questions.
Question & Answer Session
1. What is Nadi Parikshan and How to Diagnose any Health Problem with its help?
Ans: In Ayurveda, there are 8 types of diagnostic tools, and Nadi Parikshan is one of the best amongst them. There are other techniques such as MRA, Cityscan, etc, in the same way, ancient Ayurveda is based on the Nadi Parikshan techniques. Shortly, it is the oldest science that will help you to diagnose various health ailments along with your Prakruti, Body Type, and Dosha Imbalance. Dr. Sushma is been practicing Nadi Parikshan since past 10 years, and she explains that the pulse of a body tells everything about the person’s body, and its a miracle of science.
2. How Many Body Types we Have?
Ans: In Ayurveda, Body Type is known as Prakruti and it gets decided when you are in your mother’s womb. It is based on the genes of your mother and father, dominant Doshas of your parents, and also depends upon the condition of the womb and in which month you have born. This prakruti will never change in your entire life span. Mainly our body type is based on 3 Dosha’s, ie. Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. And according to Ayurveda, there are 7 types of Prakruti depend on the three Doshas such as Vata, Kapha, Pitta, Vata-Kapha, Vata-Pitta, Kapha-Pitta, and Vata-Kapha-Pitta. It can be mixed and can be single.
3. What should be the Lifetsyle for these different types of Prakruti/Body Type?
Ans: Firstly, you should be knowing your Prakruti then only you can decide on what to consume and what to avoid. Dr. Sushma mam is giving example that we make same food for every member of our family. Some people experience acidity, some people get fat, some get thin and some feel healthy, owing to their prakruti.
Qualities of 3 Prakruti
Vatta Prakruti: According to Dr. Sushma’s experience, these people are a little thin, energetic, and somewhat dark-skinned. They are quick in their work and thinking also. They also have a forgetful and talkative nature. They are kind of short-tempered. They are able to adjust in the hot environment easily.
Pitta Prakruti: These people are mostly mentally stable and less reactive. They hardly lose their temper, but when they do it is worse. They feel very hot and body temperature increases quickly if placed in a comparatively hotter environment. These people are sharp-minded and intelligent too.
Kapha Prakruti: They also have a stable mental state and sometimes lethargic in nature. Tries to avoid doing their own work, but when do, there is a perfection in their work. They are intelligent and peaceful. They tend to gain weight easily. One of the best qualities is that they value the relationship and tries to maintain it for lifelong.
Lifestyle for 3 Prakruti
Vatta Prakruti: These people should take a sound sleep as they are very active in nature. They can consume heavy food like Ghee-enriched food and avoid light food to nourish their system. They should avoid spicy food.
Pitta Prakruti: They should avoid hot and spicy food such as Italian sauces. They should include almost every food type in their diet. It should be balanced because they carries a great metabolism system.
Kapha Prakruti: They should avoid oily and fatty food items as it tends to increase the weight. They should include salads, raw foods, fruits. Also, try to avoid sleeping in the day time.
4. How to Control the Anger, if I belong to Vata Prakruti?
Ans: Firstly, you have to understand that is this person is that important to you that fighting is the only solution. If not, then just let things be. First, drink a glass of water and count the numbers from 10 to 1. It will give you some time to think about this situation. Because scolding someone or saying something in an Anger situation will harm you the most than the person opposite to you.
5. Is this Pandemic condition in more dangerous for Kapha Prakruti Person? And if Yes, then how to take care of that thing?
Ans: Yes, compared to other Prakruti, Kapha Prakruti people have a high risk of this Pandemic situation, because they are more prone to common cough, cold, and other respiratory problems. So do not eat or drink anything cold. In this weird weather like summery, windy, and monsoon, there are high chances that you will feel hot. But at time, you need to control yourself and avoid drinking cold water and also sitting directly in front of AC. Instead, do gargling at least once a day. And also, it is suggested that Kapha Prakruti people should drink lukewarm water throughout to avoid cough accumulation or formation. You should also practice yoga and exercise on a regular basis to be healthy.
6. If I am Asthmatic, then should need to take more precautions in this Pandemic?
Ans: Yes, because the people with Ashma have a week respiratory system and also they lack on healthy Immunity. These people should continuously sip in lukewarm water, take steam on everyday basis, and gargle once a day. They should also add Turmeric to their diet to improve the overall immune health.
7. In this Pandemic situation, it not convenient to reach out to Doctors for Nadi Parikshan. So how to do it at home?
Ans: There are various questionnaires on the internet. You can simply go through these questions and find out your Prakruti. But, keep in mind that do not go with your current condition. Answer these questions according to your normal nature and body history. You can also have a telephonic communication with doctors and find out your body type, by simply sharing your situation with them.
For eg. If people are saying that they are suffering from acidity and indigestion, then it suggests that this people have a Pitta imbalance. If someone says that I feel lethargic and sleepy all the time, then it depicts Kapha Prakruti. Furthermore, if there are complaints like Joint Pain, Low energy, Hormonal imbalance, then these people belong to Vatta Prakruti.
8. Should our Food Choice should be according to our body type? How it impacts our lifestyle?
Ans: In this busy lifestyle people have no time to eat exactly according to their body type. But yes, they can follow the Don’t. For example, Kapha Prakruti people should avoid Sweets and fried things as it tends to increase weight. Oily and spicy food should be avoided by Pitta prakruti people as it tends to increase in acidity. Vata Prakruti can eat everything healthy and should include all food types in their diet.
Everyone should avoid oily, junk food, and soft drinks to live a healthy lifestyle. Everyone should add sprouts, homemade Paneer, Chas, fruits, salads, etc. Stick to Alkaline food because when acidity increases, our body faces Dosha imbalance.
9. Is there any specific herb that helps in balancing the Tri-Doshas?
Ans: According to Ayurveda and Dr. Sushma, Triphala is one such ingredient that helps in maintaining the Tri Doshas of our body. It just that in every season there are different ways to consume it. Sometimes we consume it with honey and sometimes with Sunthi. Amla is also one of the ingredients that work great for three Doshas.
Additionally, fresh buttermilk will also help in the Dosha balance. There should be ¼ cup curd and ¾ the cup of water. Also, one tip, use the sand vessel to make curd for better results.
10. How to Control Migraine?
Ans: Basically it depends on the digestive system. When your diet is on the toss, it creates acidity and when you go to the noisy area or get exposed to excessive lights or fasts, then kit triggers the Migraine. One advice from Dr. Sushma mam is that follow 6 meal diet – 3 are main like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While in the other 3 meals, consume buttermilk, fruits, salads, juices, etc. Set the biological clock around to the Sun.
11. Please suggest any particular exercise for these 3 Doshas
Ans: The liking towards exercise depends upon the Prakruti itself. For eg. Vata prakruti will love to do Aerobic exercises and dancing, while Pitta prakruti people will love to go to the gym, and Kapha Prakruti people will love to practice yoga. Vata prakruti people should not go for vigorous exercise as it can lead to increase in Vata dosha. On the other hand, Kapha prakruti people should go for vigorous exercise as they have the ability to gain weight easily. Pitta people should avoid exercise that produces extra heat.
“So as a conclusion, know your body type and try to follow DONT’s to maintain a good health”