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Vata dosha controlls all the activities and movements in the body. Various types of vata are responsible for following functions- Salivation, coughing, eructation, sneezing, respiration, deglutition, phonation, secretion of the gastric juice, retaining the food in the stomach or intestine for the required time, helping in absorption of processed and digested food material. Further it also controls elimination of the semen, urine, faeces etc. The movements related with the delivery of fetus are also governed by it. Pulsation of heart and blood circulation, movement of eyes, limbs etc. are caused by vata dosha. Apart from these activities, unvitiated vata dosha in balanced state is also responsible for generation of enthusiasm, vitality, complexion etc.
 
Vata dosha controlls all the activities and movements in the body. Various types of vata are responsible for following functions- Salivation, coughing, eructation, sneezing, respiration, deglutition, phonation, secretion of the gastric juice, retaining the food in the stomach or intestine for the required time, helping in absorption of processed and digested food material. Further it also controls elimination of the semen, urine, faeces etc. The movements related with the delivery of fetus are also governed by it. Pulsation of heart and blood circulation, movement of eyes, limbs etc. are caused by vata dosha. Apart from these activities, unvitiated vata dosha in balanced state is also responsible for generation of enthusiasm, vitality, complexion etc.
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==== Pitta ====
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=== Pitta ===
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==== Etymology ====
 
The word Pitta is derived from the root ‘Tapa’ which means heat (Santāpa). This Doṣa is responsible for digestion and metabolism of the body.  
 
The word Pitta is derived from the root ‘Tapa’ which means heat (Santāpa). This Doṣa is responsible for digestion and metabolism of the body.  
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==== Attributes ====
 
''Pitta'' is mildly unctuous, hot, sharp, viscous, sour, mobile and pungent, and can readily be pacified by drugs and food articles having opposite properties.
 
''Pitta'' is mildly unctuous, hot, sharp, viscous, sour, mobile and pungent, and can readily be pacified by drugs and food articles having opposite properties.
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==== Types ====
 
It is of 5 types viz. Pācaka Pitta, Rañjaka Pitta, Bhrājaka Pitta, Ālocaka Pitta and Sādhaka Pitta.
 
It is of 5 types viz. Pācaka Pitta, Rañjaka Pitta, Bhrājaka Pitta, Ālocaka Pitta and Sādhaka Pitta.
    
Pācaka Pitta is located in the Grahaṇī (stomach and intestine). Its main function is digestion and it also augments the other Pitta situated in the body. Seats of function of Rañjaka Pitta are liver and spleen. Its main function is to convert Rasa into Rakta (blood), Bhrājaka Pitta is found in the skin and it provides pigment to the skin, hair etc.
 
Pācaka Pitta is located in the Grahaṇī (stomach and intestine). Its main function is digestion and it also augments the other Pitta situated in the body. Seats of function of Rañjaka Pitta are liver and spleen. Its main function is to convert Rasa into Rakta (blood), Bhrājaka Pitta is found in the skin and it provides pigment to the skin, hair etc.
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==== Function ====
 
Ālocaka Pitta is situated in the eye, and vision and discrimination of colours are its functions. Sādhaka Pitta is located in the Hṛdaya and it is responsible for intelligence and ego. It is due to this Pitta that all the functions of the mind and body are co-ordinated.
 
Ālocaka Pitta is situated in the eye, and vision and discrimination of colours are its functions. Sādhaka Pitta is located in the Hṛdaya and it is responsible for intelligence and ego. It is due to this Pitta that all the functions of the mind and body are co-ordinated.
    
=== Kapha ===
 
=== Kapha ===
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==== Etymoloy ====
 
Kapha is also called Śleṣma. One of its main functions is to provide nutrition to the bodily tissues.  
 
Kapha is also called Śleṣma. One of its main functions is to provide nutrition to the bodily tissues.  
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==== Attributes ====
 
''Kapha'' is heavy and dense, cold, soft, unctuous, sweet, immobile and slimy, and can be subsided by drugs and food articles possessing opposite properties.
 
''Kapha'' is heavy and dense, cold, soft, unctuous, sweet, immobile and slimy, and can be subsided by drugs and food articles possessing opposite properties.
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==== Types ====
 
Kapha is also of five types viz. Kledaka Kapha, Avalambaka Kapha, Tarpaka Kapha, Bodhaka Kapha and Śleṣaka Kapha.
 
Kapha is also of five types viz. Kledaka Kapha, Avalambaka Kapha, Tarpaka Kapha, Bodhaka Kapha and Śleṣaka Kapha.
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==== Functions ====
 
Kledaka Kapha is situated in the stomach. It is slimy (Picchila) in quality, sweet in taste and has the action of moistening the food ingested. It also protects the digestive organs from being hurt by the digestive juices.
 
Kledaka Kapha is situated in the stomach. It is slimy (Picchila) in quality, sweet in taste and has the action of moistening the food ingested. It also protects the digestive organs from being hurt by the digestive juices.
  
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