Ayurveda is one of the oldest natural healing systems in the world, medicine for the mind and body originating from India. This is an ancient Vedic tradition practiced for five millennia, representing a complete “Science of Life”.
Proven over millennia, the methods of Ayurveda are a reliable basis for a harmonious and fruitful, healthy life.
Ayurveda is based on three main types of energy balance in the body, the five elements that make up the universe, and six tastes. Before we focus on them and how coffee affects them, let’s take a look at the basics of this teaching for a moment to understand how it works.
For anyone seeking lasting results from a system, the question “What is the fundamental nature of the world?” Is logically the first question addressed to this teaching.
According to the Vedic tradition, the reality that underlies the world is “pure consciousness,” or in a little more words, “unconditional, thought-free awareness, beyond all ideas, emotions, and sensations.” This underlying whole existence, an elusive being that makes both life and the universe possible, is beyond birth, change, and extinction. This is the only independent reality, the absolute (Chit in Sanskrit).
As derivative manifestations of this essence, the five elements that make up the world are:
The biological correspondence of Air is called Vata, that of the element Fire – Pitta (Pitta), and the biological equivalent of Water is called Kapha (Kapha). These three “substances” can be considered as the basic bodily “fluids” or energies in the body.
The three Doshas
If we look at the different people around us, we will notice that we are not just similar to each other. Each of us is different in different ways, both physically and mentally. Each person has a unique constitution different from that of any other person. The shapes and sizes, temperaments and characters of people have huge variations, and they in turn affect our health and happiness.
In order to receive well-being in life and harmonious coexistence, we must understand our own, as well as that of others. For example, a type of food that is good for one person may not be good for another. One person may benefit from certain spices, while another may not be able to consume them at all. Without understanding our specific constitution, we can lose our health and develop diseases. One of the great advantages of Ayurveda is that it helps us understand all our individual abilities and specific features.
On the other hand, the unique human constitution is not arbitrary and falls into a certain category. In other words, common patterns and principles are observed. Just as the five elements that make up the world occur in different and unique proportions in the outside world, so the three basic bodily energies occur in different combinations in different people.
The specific combination of bodily energies determines the individual constitution of man. This could be likened to the DNA structure in Western medicine, which is also a unique human imprint. However, an individual’s unique energy balance determines not only the specifics of the physical organism, but also his mental inclinations. In this sense, the individual psycho-physical constitution is more general than the unique DNA code.
Ayurveda does not view man as a limited set of biochemical processes. The mind is not simply seen as a function of the brain. Also, the individual is not a simple product of social circumstances, although all of these factors may be important. For Ayurveda, as mentioned above, the basis of man is pure awareness, and the body is one of the manifestations of this essence.
So, the three types of constitutions or Doshas are:
- Pitta and
Vata Biological energy, similar to the element air, is called Vata and refers to the properties of wind. Vata also includes as an element the space that represents the field in which something moves.
The spaces in the head, joints and bones serve as containers for this energy. Vata controls the movement and is responsible for releasing all impulses, voluntary or involuntary. It is manifested mainly through the work of the brain and nervous system. People with this energy as dominant are prone to mental disorders.
In the digestive system, it refers to the lower abdomen, especially the colon, where gas can accumulate. The senses, which correspond to air and etheric elements, are touch and hearing. Vata is the force that directs and directs the other energies.
Cotton wool allows agility, adaptability and flexibility in actions. This power makes us feel alive and enthusiastic. It controls sensitivity and mobility in the mental realm. Vata nourishes all mental functions from the senses to the subconscious. This allows the psychic reaction to external and internal impulses.
The main emotional disturbances in this type are the fear and anxiety that are generated when we feel our life force is threatened. Reflecting on the nature of Vata, it will not be difficult to conclude that it makes it light, cold, dry, rough, mobile, fine and pure.
The flavors that balance Vata necessarily have the opposite qualities – sweet, sour and salty taste.
Pita. Biological fire energy is called Pita, which means “what cooks.” Fire cannot exist directly in the body, but is contained in warm or hot liquids such as blood and digestive juices. The pie contains water as a secondary aspect. Pita directs the transforming functions in the body and mind, such as digestion and absorption, either of food or ideas. It dominates the digestive system, especially the small intestine and liver, where the digestive heat is located.
Fire as a sensory corresponds to vision It is also responsible for cellular metabolism. In psychic terms, Pita governs reason, intelligence and understanding, the “illuminating” capacity of the mind. This is the ability of the mind also to perceive, judge and distinguish, because fire is focused heat.
The main emotional disturbance is anger, which is “flaming” but also helps us protect ourselves from external attacks.
Composed of fire and water elements, Pita is a light, sharp, hot, greasy, liquid, spreading and delicate principle.
The sweet, bitter and astringent taste of food has the opposite properties of Pita, and therefore regulate it within normal limits.
Kapha. The biological aspect of water is called Kapha, literally “what sticks.” As a side effect, it contains the element earth, which defines the outlines of the places where it is held – the skin and muscular membranes. Coffee is responsible for shape and materiality, as well as for weight, adhesion and stability. This is the liquid solution, the “inner ocean” in which the other two energies spread. It is the main substance of the body. Provides proper lubrication, secretion and softens nerves, mind and senses.
Coffee predominates in body tissues and the upper body – stomach, lungs and head, where mucus accumulates. Refers to the senses of taste and smell corresponding to water and earth.
Kapha controls the feeling, emotion, and ability of the mind to “anchor” to certain forms. Gives mental calm and stability, but can prevent growth and growth. Desire and attachment are the main emotional imbalances in this type, keeping the mind on things that can overload the psyche.
Coffee consists mainly of terrestrial and aquatic elements, which make it heavy, slow, cool, oily, smooth, dense, soft, stable, rough, “foggy” and vague principle.
The flavors that balance Kapha are spicy, bitter and astringent, because they have opposite properties.
Ayurveda for coffee
The coffee was discovered by an unsuspecting Ethiopian goat farmer in the 15th century.
In our culture, addicted to stimulation of all kinds, we eat a variety of foods every day, but coffee – one of the most powerful and stimulating herbs in nature – is something we take every day without fail.
How does Ayurveda view this favorite beverage? As with most things, Ayurveda believes that coffee is both a medicine for some and a poison for others, also depending on the situation and current conditions.
From an energy point of view, coffee is hot, light and dry in quality. It is a carrier of the elements Air and Fire and produces a stimulating effect on the stomach. Due to the increasing effects on Vata and Pita, a cup of coffee is useful for balancing the Kafa types and Kafa conditions. This helps:
- emptying the stomach.
- stimulates bile secretion.
- reduces appetite.
- stimulates the intestines to move.
All these effects are beneficial for Kapha’s lazy and overworked body.
But for the Vata or Pita type, where heat, lightness and dryness have been coexisting for a long time, the effects of coffee can lead to:
- over time, diseases.
Chronic problems can develop, such as hormonal imbalances and insomnia, which, if left untreated, will lead to even more serious conditions such as arthritis and digestive dysfunction.
Here are a few more things you may not know about this liquid alarm clock:
- Coffee depletes the body’s vital energy: According to Ayurveda, coffee causes the body’s vital energy to move up and out, thus depriving the body of nourishment. This flow of energy, moving up, to the head and out of the body, sends the nervous system into a “fight or flight” mode and always creates a post-caffeine breakdown when the body is depleted of its vitality and vitality.
- If you are going to drink coffee, make it from organic ingredients, limit your consumption to 1 cup / day and only after meals, never on an empty stomach. Drink between 6-10 o’clock in the morning, during the Kafa period, for to oppose the heavy and sluggish qualities of this Dosha.
- Coffee could balance people who have a lot of Coffee in their constitution. Signs of excess energy include water retention, weight gain, sinus congestion, lack of motivation, and a “general feeling of haze.” In these cases, drink one glass a day. The hot, dry, stimulating qualities of coffee will compensate for the heavy, wet, sluggish qualities of your Dosha.
Drink your coffee black Milk or cream can increase congestion, and sweeteners can lead to weight gain in Coffee.
- On the other hand, people with high Pita content should be more careful. For example, if someone with high Pita is already “overheating”, emotionally or physically, the hot, spicy qualities of coffee will further increase these factors. In this case, avoid coffee.
If these symptoms are absent, at Pita type you should sweeten your coffee with high-quality maple syrup or organic cane sugar, but skip the cream to counteract the acidic properties of the drink. You can take a maximum of one glass a day.
- If you have symptoms of excess Vata, such as dehydration, dry hair, dry skin, constipation, insomnia, poor memory, anxiety, if you feel scattered or distracted, then coffee will worsen these symptoms. If you do not experience the symptoms listed above and you are a Vata type, prepare your coffee creamy and sweet, because this way it will have a stabilizing, nourishing effect on your system. Do not exceed one glass a day.