AYURVEDA: Three Aspects of Health & Disease
All of the knowledge of AYURVEDA revolves around Three aspects of Health and Disease: Hetu (causative Factors), Linga (signs and symptoms), Aushad (therapeutic management of diseases and health).
In each of the three aspects of Health and Disease management, the Ayurvedic physician looks for and follows the basic principle of similarity and dissimilarity. The similar is responsible for the increase and the dissimilar is responsible for the decrease of substances, properties and actions respectively. This means that when a similar substance is consumed, or a property of similar nature is used, or an action similar in nature is undertaken, it will respectively increase the similar substance, property and the action in the body.
The opposite holds for dissimilar substance, property or action which will decrease the respective dissimilar substance, property or the action in the body. In Ayurvedic therapeutics and diets, recommendations for substance, property and action can also be used together.
So, now that you know about the Doshas, you can understand why like increases like. For example: More Vata increases Vata. Vata is cold, dry & light. Put a Vata person in cold, dry, windy weather and they get out of balance, they feel anxious, their skin becomes dry, and they are generally not happy.
Instead, put a Vata person in a warm, humid climate and that person thrives. They become more balanced, calm, their skin glows and they feel great.
This principle of similarity and dissimilarity is used everywhere in preventive, promotive and therapeutic Health Care by Ayurveda.
P.S. to your eternal Health & Happiness