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Dr KK Aggarwal,  23 February 2021
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The universe is made up of five elements, i.e. Air, Space, Fire, Water and Earth. According to Vedic principles, these five elements are responsible for the formation of the human body. 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 Kaphahumors. 

People with Vatahumor personality have more of air and apace elements, thus having more dry and cold extremities. Those with Kaphahumor personality have more of structure and water, thus having wet and cold extremities. In terms of atmosphere, Vata period is cold and dry and Kapha period is cold and wet. 

Going by the Vedic concept, early winter is cold and wet with more humidity while 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 individuals will experience fluctuations in blood sugar and will have more frequent attacks of bronchitis, expectoration and joint 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 greater odds of heart muscle dysfunction. 

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

In the early Kapha wet winter, the odds are higher for water retention, depression, movement disorders, seasonal effective disorder and craving for sweets and salts.
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