Health Tips for Vatta


The core of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet. You cannot cure with a drug or herb what you have created with a lifestyle. You must correct what is wrong and use the herbs. Here is a template for a health lifestyle for Vatta. In real life, we are all bi-doshic, (some few are tridoshic) so this must be adjusted by your Ayurvedic consultant to accomodate your primary and secondary doshas….


*establish a regular routine of food, exercise, rest, and sleep

*do an Ayurvedic self-massage with warm sesame oil or herbalized sesame oil 1x a week

*get plenty of rest—early to bed early to rise for Vata.

*avoid stimulants like coffee, tobacco, alcohol, firearms

*eat warm, nourishing meals on a regular basis. Minimize dry and cold foods like cold cereal.

*eat meals with friends or alone quietly, but not in front of the TV or while reading.

*avoid fasting

*favor foods that are warm, heavier, oily/unctuous, sweet, sour, and salty.

*reduce cold, dry, light, spicy hot, bitter, astringent foods and meals

*no iced beverages, cold or carbonated ones.

*favor warm liquids. In India, old folks drink hot water. They are in the Vata stage.

*stay warm during cold, windy weather

*remedy dry weather with a humidifier and with self oil massage with sesame oil

*create a calm quiet home environment with meditation and simple non-cluttered decorating

*take vacations to warm moist calm places like rural areas in the tropics

*have fun, but avoid excessive stimulation like at casinos, Las Vegas, noisy restaurants. Try museums and cathedrals instead.

*reduce unnecessary travel. When you can walk or take the train rather than drive.

*deal with issues creating anxiety. Talk it over. Work with a psychologist if you need to. Meditate.

*treat insomnia if you have it. You need to sleep. Use herbs and deal with issues keeping you up

*have good sleep culture. Nothing electronic in the bedroom–no TV, no illuninated radio clock. Keep the clock in the other room. Let the bedroom be a refuge from artificial concepts of time and stimulating electronics.  Do body scanning/progressive relaxation at night before bed.

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