Vaat Imbalance Symptoms


The Vaat dosha is the most important of the three doshas. If Vaat becomes imbalanced for long enough and sufficiently enough, it can also cause the other two doshas (Pitta or Kapha) to become imbalanced.

Some major causes of a vaat imbalance include:

▪ irregular schedule

▪ eating old, leftover, dry, or too much or only raw food 

▪ not eating enough or very less food/ usually seen in crash dieting

▪ eating too rapidly

▪ suppression of bodily urges, such as sneezing, passing gas, or elimination/ or not passing the urine or stools for too longer

▪ staying up late

▪ overstimulation of the senses

▪ overexertion/ over exercising 

▪ excessive worry, fear, or loneliness

All of these things, especially when they are done repeatedly over a period of time, can cause vaat to increase.

Vaat out of Balance

We have seen functions of all types of Vaat  in our body (in this post ) already. these are the symptoms when Vaat is aggravated.

Prana Vaat:

Worries, overactive mind, sleep problems, difficulty breathing.

Udana Vaat:

Dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, general fatigue.

Samana Vaat:

Slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation, weak tissues.

Apana Vaat:

Intestinal cramps, menstrual problems, lower back pain, irregularity, diarrhea, constipation, gas.

Vyana Vaat:

Dry or rough skin, nervousness, shakiness, poor blood flow, stress-related problems

Vaat Imbalance Psychological symptoms:

anxiety, nervousness, fear, loneliness, insecurity, restlessness, hyperactivity, giddiness, spaciness, and/or confusion.

Excess Vaat can also cause a racing mind, interrupted sleep, a lack of groundedness, a fear of commitment, and forgetfulness

Chronic insomnia, delirium, mental instability, blackouts, and severe depression

Physical Symptoms:

The home site of Vaat dosha in the body is the large intestine,

Early signs of Vaat-type digestive disturbances include burps, hiccups, gurgling intestines, excessive thirst, gas, bloating, and constipation. 

Excess Vaat in the digestive tract can also cause an irregular appetite, mild weight loss, pain in the flanks, pressure under the diaphragm, a dry taste in the mouth, mass peristalsis, diarrhea, dry feces, and/or hemorrhoids. When Vaat is high, you are also likely to crave meat and fatty, salty, sour, or spicy foods. 

Long-standing Vaat in the digestive tract can cause the stools to become hard, dry, dark, small, and bullet-like in shape. It can also lead to emaciation, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as anal fissures and fistulas

In the Circulatory System, Skin, Nails, Scalp and Hair

Excess Vaat in the circulatory system, skin, nails, scalp, and hair may cause goose bumps, dryness in the skin, lips, or hair, split ends, cracking skin, heel