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Dr KK Aggarwal,  08 October 2019
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The whole universe is made up of five elements, i.e. Air, Space, Fire, Water and Earth. These five elements are also responsible for formation of the human body as per Vedic principles. In our body, Air and Space components are responsible for different types of movement functions, Fire and Water elements for metabolism and Water and Earth components for formation of secretions and structures. Ayurveda calls them as Vata, Pitta and Kapha humors.

People with Vata humor personality have more of Air and Space elements and, therefore, have more dry and cold extremities. On the other hand, people with Kapha humor personality have more of structure and water, therefore have wet and cold extremities. In terms of atmosphere, Vata period will be cold and dry and Kapha period will be cold and wet.

According to the Vedic concept, early winter is cold and wet with more humidity and late winter is dry and cold with less humidity and more of windy movements. The chances of fog and smog are higher in early winter as compared to late winter. Hypothermic deaths are much more in late winter because of cold winds.

As per Ayurveda, in Kapha period, prone persons will experience fluctuations in blood sugar and will have more frequent attacks of bronchitis, expectoration and joints pains with effusion. The lower blood pressure will rise more than upper blood pressure and if a patient ends up with a heart attack there are more chances of heart muscle dysfunction.

Whereas in the cold and dry winter due to Vata aggravation, there will be acceleration of upper blood pressure and more chances of brain hemorrhage, nose bleeding, joints pain and heart attacks presenting with abnormal accelerated rhythm disorders.

In the early Kapha wet winter, there are more chances of water retention, depression, movement disorders, seasonal effective disorder and craving for sweets and salts.

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