Pronounced as: Puk-vah-sh-i-yah Gah-tah Vah-tah
Vata dosha affects the different tissues and organs of the body and can cause various diseases.
To understand the condition of Pakvashya Gata Vata, we need to understand the meaning of ‘Pakvashya’, ‘Vata’, and ‘Gata-Vata’.
‘Ashya’ in Sanskrit means ‘an abode’. The word ‘Pakvashya’ has been derived from this Sanskrit word, eventually meaning “where the ‘Pakva’ (or the digested food) ‘resides’”.
Obviously, this location would be the lower part of the abdomen starting from the terminal part of the small intestine to the end of the large intestine (the colon). However, in Ayurveda,this is also a functional unit rather than just a standalone anatomical organ.Hence, all organs that are present below the umbilicus fall under the umbrella term of ‘Pakvashaya’.
Vata is one of the three forces (doshas or body humors) involved in the physiological functioning and disease conditions in our body. Vata, as mentioned in Ayurveda, is a governing and principal force which is responsible for movement, communication, transportation, respiration, circulation, elimination and thinking.
The seat of Vata is which principally found in the nervous system. This includes the central nervous system (CNS) as well as the peripheral nervous system (PNS), all of which come under the purview of Vata and indicate its functional aspect. Due to the importance of these functions, Vata is known as the principal force. The physical manifestation of this dosha is through its constituent elements, namely ‘Space’ and ‘Air’. These elements give certain properties to Vata through which its physical presence can be identified. These properties are dryness, lightness, coldness, subtlety, roughness, mobility and clarity, which when discovered in any part of the body, warn us about the presence of Vata.
In the condition of ‘Pakvashya Gata Vata’, these manifestations can increase manifold within the area demarcated as ‘Pakvashya’ due to various causative factors, thereby giving birth to health conditions.
Out of the several reasons behind this doshic imbalance, given below are the primary ones:
The symptoms of Pakvashya Gata Vata seem to arise from a combination of the local increase of Vata properties (that manifest in the formation of ailments like formation of urinary stones) and a diminished Vata (that can cause issues like impotence).
Other symptoms of this doshic aggravation includesborborygmi(rumbling sound of the intestines), colicky pain, swelling of abdomen, inability to defecate, pain, rigidity in lower back (referred pain due to swollen abdomen), stiffness of the back, impotency, pain around the umbilicus, painful urination, precipitation of the formation of urinary stones, hernia etc.
Pakvashya Gata Vata can be managed by improving digestion, pacifying the local aggravation of Vata, and restoring the natural flow of urine, stools and flatus.
The process includes:
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