Vata Dosha and Autism


How Vata dosha and autism are linked?

According to Ayurveda, our mind-body system directs our health, as our mind is accountable for various actions in the body. Both words are connected and so to explain one’s health concerns; it’s vital to recognize the mind-body type. Ayurveda describes this psychophysiological connection via 3 operating factors known as the Doshas  viz – Vata, Pitta & Kapha.

In this article, we are going to shed light over the Vata dosha; so let’s get started. 

“The word Vata suggests to blow or move likes the wind”

It consists of the two elements, ether and air, that are the primary force of motion in the mind and body. If Vata dosha is healthy, body movements are graceful, unrestrained, and yet constrained. And if they lack balance, then the person shows erratic, excessive, blocked or decreases activities. To understand about the Vata dosha, it is vital to know its peculiarities. Vata dosha is light, dry, mobile, cold, hard, rough, sharp, subtle, flowing, and clear. A body and mind in which the Vata dosha dominates expresses or displays these qualities. The division of Vata dosha incorporates processes accountable for cell division and cell signaling, movement at all levels of the physiology, elimination of wastes, and also cognition.

Functions of Vata dosha 

  • Vata controls the actions of Kapha and Pitta. 
  • For all psychosomatic activities in the body it is the initiator, thus it control the mind and its activities.  
  • It is quick in action and quite strong 
  • Vata dosha is independent and control major functioning of the body 
  • It is the fundamental for sound and touch 
  • It is responsible for enthusiasm and pleasure 
  • It helps to keep the body healthy by allowing the elimination of excretory products. 

On the other hand, if Vata dosha goes out of balance, it affects the body in a bad manner and simply leads to destructive activities. Its imbalance leads to; Strength disturbances, disturbance in pleasure and in the mind 

It leads to fear, delusion, confusion, depression, ignorance .

Dosha -brain type – 

The mind has a very strong impact on our overall health and well-being. Ayurveda describes health not only as a lack of disease but also as a very holistic level of energy throughout our lives. Let’s see how dosha brain type works with different brain patterns; 

Prefrontal executive circuits – The Vata Brain-Type presents a high range of prefrontal functioning heading to the probability of being simply overstimulated. Their complete action is very quick. Learn fast or forget soon. They kind of like multitasking and their quick mind provide them with a side in a creative problem-solving approach. 

Reticular activating system – The Vata brain-type shows a high range of arousal levels that lead to a feeling of over-reacting to the world. They also experience trouble sleeping.

Autonomic nervous system – The fight-and-flight response is quickly switched on in Vata brain-types. The Vata brain-type is highly receptive to pain and chilly temperatures. Due to the poor circulation in their limbs, they are cold and since they have high sympathetic activation that decreases peripheral blood flow.

Enteric nervous system – The Vata brain-type manifests a great range of digestive power that lead to an abnormal appetite, infrequent bowel movements, and constant formation of gas. Their body is mostly influenced by eating late at night or overeating. And they are more likely to react to the new foods. 

limbic system – the limbic system is extremely sensitive to variations in the environment in Vata brain-types. Their sentiments are highly mutable. Even if over-activated, Vata-brain type shows unnecessary fear and phobias.

Hypothalamic control – 

In Vata brain-types, the hypothalamus is continually shifting the state of mind and body. They will encounter explosions of activity and rest, and will constantly meal and drink.

Sensation-seeking in Vata brain type 

The Vata brain-type may point more to impulsivity rather than to sensation-seeking. Impulsivity is acting without thoughtfulness of the outcomes of one’s activities. The Vata brain-type is characterized by the variable response to outside circumstances that would point to bursts in attention, in terms of physical energy, and in autonomic response to circumstances. Vata-brain type is marked as neither as high nor as low sensation-seeker.

Vata dosha subtypes 

Prana Vata

“Prana Vata rules the brain, head, lungs, and heart,” “It’s accountable for sensory perception, inhalation, heartbeat, ingestion of food, coughing, spitting—all these sorts of action—and even comfort and pleasure. It directs the mind-heart bond.”

Udana Vata

Udana Vata essentially rules the chest region.

“It moves uphill from the navel toward the heart, lungs, throat, and even the brain. “It stimulates the mind and stimulates energy. It has a lot to do with the lungs, the respiratory system, and speech ability.  

Vyana Vata

Vyana Vata controls circulation and the heart,

“It also represents mindfulness, because the heart is the accommodation of mindfulness and genuine love. Vyana Vata distributes all rakta dhatu (blood) everywhere in the body, and it measures the sentiments, nerve impulses, sensory motors, and muscular contraction and relaxation.”

Apana Vata

The colon signifies the seat of Vata dosha—particularly Apana Vata. It’s all about air and space and Apana Vata also supervises the complete pelvic cavity area, the reproductive organs, uterus, urinary tract, and bladder. 

See how the vagus nerve serves as a biomarker for Vata-dosha activity. 

It was concluded after several studies that there is a strong relationship between the survival and homeostatic roles of the parasympathetic vagus nerve, and functions directed by its five significant Vata sub-types dosha (Praana, Udana, Vyaana, Samaana, and Apana). 

Four analyses were presented to hypothesize that vagal activity is a robust candidate biomarker of essential Vata dosha functions. 

  1. First, common Vata dosha and the vagus control neural, respiratory, and digestive homeostasis, and dysfunctions in both objects produce much related diseases. 
  2. Second, Vata dosha governs more powerful neural functions such as mental health and behavior, and the ‘polyvagal theory’ suggests comparable roles for the vagus. 
  3. Third, the related functions of Vata dosha and vagus in maintaining gut homeostasis, suggest that vagal movement in the ‘gut-brain’ link is a candidate biomarker of pakwashaya (lower gut), a basic governing site for Vata dosha. 
  4. Fourth, the vagus is the single important nerve whose action can be certainly regulated and managed. These discussions place vagal activity as a fitting candidate biomarker for individual purposes of Vata dosha.

Symptoms of Vata increase 

Emaciation – The organ influenced by Vata usually experience shrinking. Normally, underweight people have a Vata increase.

Weight loss 

Black discolorations – Increase in Vata cause the black discolorations of the affected part.  

The desire for hot things – The child desire for hot food and beverages

Tremors – As stated earlier, that movement is Vata activity, thus increase in its level increased the hands and legs movement or fluid and impulses activity inside the body. 

They also become sensitive to cold, which leads to tremors or extreme coldness in winters. 

Loss of sleep – As Vata controls the sense organs and mind. So an increase in Vata leads to a rise in the body’s activities, which ultimately cause loss of sleep.  

Loss of sensory functions – Child experience the speech problems 

Digestive issues – Three Doshas are somehow related, so fluctuations in any of them can disturb the others too. That’s why Vata increase also aggravates the pitta dosha symptoms such as; 

  • Fullness, 
  • Distension of the abdomen 
  • Bloating,  
  • Gas 
  • Constipation 
  • Loss of strength, 
  • Weakness

Delusion, Dizziness, Giddiness – Child may perceive delusion, due to the loss of strength of sense organs and mind.

Ptosis– Due to the disorganized movement of nerve signals, they encounter the eyelids drooping.

Cutting pain – Pain is a natural characteristic of Vata. Whenever a disease involves pain, then it clearly signifies Vata Dosha engagement.

Loss of sensation causes cutting like pain in a child, sometimes twisting pain

Or splitting pain

Tingling sensation 

The roughness of body parts – because dryness is a Vata symptom, high level of dryness directs to roughness.

Feeling of emptiness – Because Vata is formed of ether and air.

Pulsation – because of the extreme flow of fluids in body arteries and blood vessels

Astringent taste in mouth – because astringent taste aggravates Vata

Limited memory

Unstable mind

Ayurveda and Autism – 

Ayurveda holds autism to be a dysfunction of Vata, a Sanskrit term signifying the oneness of the body’s communicative and transportive mechanisms, especially the nervous system. Autism is a neurological disorder, and it’s quite hard for one to understand his or her encompassing environment. Sometimes when they are encountered suddenly, it might feel painful and make them desire to run away from the meeting. They may get quickly disappointed while in the company or when facing some kind of social or ambiguous information. They may seem scared and disoriented and have a problem in communicating.

For this reason – because autistic individuals can neither efficiently separate sensory stimuli nor adjust their responses to it –difficulties in their capacity to concentrate their activities or react proportionately to their surroundings are simple. For the same assortment of reasons, insomnia is usually a difficulty.

Ayurveda recognizes the nature of the human brain in a totally distinctive manner from modern day’s psychiatric and physiological theories. 

Ayurveda can make certain proposals about the environment of the autistic individual’s to improve their level of self- and environmental alliance. At Amritha Ayurvedam with Panchakarma therapy, we work to balance the autism symptoms. If your child is having Autism, then you should understand this is not a disease, but it is a set of certain neuro-behavioral and neuro-developmental symptoms that cause behavioral impairments. 

With diet modifications and ayurvedic therapies, you will be able to spot improvements in your child’s behavior. To consult with us feel free to contact us at +91 99897 59719, or for more information, you can visit 

Don’t look further because maybe your child is thriving hard to adjust in the present environment. 

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Dr. Santhisree Bheesetti

Driven by her passion, she has cultivated a profound understanding of complex conditions like Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Speech disorders, and Anxiety disorders, alongside her specialization in Women’s issues and Neurological disorders in adults.
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