Essay on An ayurvedic case study

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CASE #1:

Female
Age 40 Ht. 5'2 Wt. 100Lb

Pakriti / Vikriti :
Vata – Kapha (air -fire/ water – earth)

Vata is contained in ether, and so it is also said to be composed of ether. It resides in the empty spaces in the body and fills up the subtle channels.
It's qualities are dry, cold, light, mobiile, erratic, rough, bitter, astringent, pungent.
Seems like she presented some excess of Kapha while childhood, which is common in most people.

Located in the colon, thighs, hips, ears, bones, and organs of touch.
Primary site: colon.

Agni / Ama:

According to the symptoms : Excess Vata

Which explains symptoms like nervousness, anxiety, fear, confusion, grief, sadness, insecurity, lack of integrity, lack of comunication, moodiness,

Excess on tissues:

Primarely preseing excess of vata and kapha in the plasma and lymph tissue.
Definitely already on the spread stage of excess of vata and a little excess of kapha as well.

Mental State (Gunas)

Patient currently in the state of Tamasic Vata.

-Types of therapy recquired:

-Key to balancing vata is regularity. -Oil nostrills specially during cold weather.
-Regular Habits. -Reducing excess of air.
-Attention to fluis.
-Rest
-Warmth.
-Sesame oil massage
-Adequate sleep and meditation.
-Stay warm.
-Eat vata pacifying foods (will get into details)
-Take a long warm bath or shower in the morning before meditation.
-Make surroundings bright.

#1- Dietary Guidelines:
This is a List of foods to avoid and consume according to vata's doshas ,mostly trying to avoid airy foods, and we are looking to more moisty, as well as recognizing the predominant tastes of the vata dosha: sweet, sour and salty. Light cooked and especially with ginger added.

Air / space foods to avoid:
-Most leafy greens and lettuces.
-All cabbage family vegetables.
-All hollow vegetables with tiny seeds ( no peppers )
-All bitter fruits and vegetables
-All dry, rough, stale foods.
-Some nightshade foods-
-Most dry and compact legumes.

-Foods for consumption:
Best when its sour and not overly ripened or sweet. This will bring balance to both doshas vata and kapha.
Bananas, berries, cherries, coconut, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes, mango, melons (avoid watermelon) , oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapples, plums. appricot

-Vegetables:
Cooked vegetables: asparagus, beets, carrots, garlic, cooked onions, radishes, spinach sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini

-Grains:
Cooked oats, rice, wheat.

-Legumes:
Avoid beans, they provoque bloating.
Recommended mung beans due to their size they are less likely to provoque bloating, tofu, tempeh.

-Nuts:
Small quantities (all) specially: almonds, sesame, walnuts and cashews.

-Oils:
Important need of oils, all of them are good, most specially sesame, almond, and ghee.

-Sweeteners:
*NOTE: refined sugar = poison . Overuse of any sweeteners will eventually cause imbalance.
Natural sugars are ok in moderation: raw honey most recommended.

-Spices:
All spices recommended but specially: basil, cardammon, ciammon, cumin, asafoetida, fennel, garlic, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric. (dry ginger and fennel to digest ama).

-Dairy:
It is best for a vata-kapha to use raw or organic milk products. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spices such as ginger and cardammon, specially buttermilk, cheese, cottage cheese, ghee, milk and yogurt.

-Meat and Fish:
Small amounts: chicken or turckey , salt water fish.
NOTE* - Repeated research show that plant based diets are healthier than meat based diets and prevent many diseases.

-Patient has a strong interest on detoxifying, recommended:
Hot spices like: cayenne, black pepper, dry ginger, long pepper, asafoetida, mustard, cardammon, cumin, coriander, basil, fennel.
Food combination should be kept simple with only a few different kinds per meal.
All over…