Question: On the weekend lectures on the sunshine coast and the online lecture you suggested all disease starts with inflammation. Essentially when 'ama' (vata, pitta, kapha) in excess enters into the tissues the body's immune response attempts to clean the excesses and inflammation is a healing / cleaning process. This can be easily seen in pitta ama type conditions and in some vata conditions, i was wondering how does ayurveda conceptualise this when the disease or symptoms show a 'cold' nature that could be either derived from vata or kapha? Is there always inflammation regardless of the hot o cold nature of symptoms?
Every disease is inflammations at a different level. Zero inflammation, light inflammation, full inflammation, beyond inflammation etc are some stages we can see.
Zero inflammation: In vitiligo it never starts. So we give inflammation as the healing. Hemiplegia is similar. The treatment is generating inflammatory qualities with heat and moisture. Light inflammation: In cancers and schizophrenia, it begins, but never ripens. In gastritis it is obvious. Full inflammation: Gastritis, dermatitis etc. In auto immune conditions, immune system stops paying attention - the baby sitter for the tissues and inflammation is missing. Beyond inflammation: 1) Degenerative: Ama is a little too strong, and it turns body's normal functions off. And 2) Death: Its a storage situation, where the so called buzzingly healthy person suddenly dies. Here the ama is too fast and super strong for the body, so body doesn't deals with it.
Any inflammation is orchestrated by body's intelligence called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata blocks the ama (preventing further proliferation and related dangers), Pitta attacks it (burns is) and Kapha keeps it all contained and prevents the neighbouring tissues being affected by it.
A Vata (predominant) inflammation will have 1) body dehydrated / depleted and thus possibility for more blockages and resulting pain. Pitta inflammation will have 1) overheated /acidic body and 2) prominent / raised temperature / heat / redness. And, Kapha inflammation has 1) dampness in the body and 2) more fluid padding around the site of inflammation.
If Vata doesn't participate, ama cannot be cornered, stopped or trapped. If pitta is absent, ama is never attacked / inflamed / burnt. If Kapha is missing the blockage and inflammation can spread all over the body and end up killing the person.
If Vata is inadequate,
Inflammation has fundamentally three signs. Pain (Vata), redness (Pitta) and swelling (Kapha). This illustrates the involvement of all doshas.
Usually we/they blame poor little doshas for blocking channels (V), causing burning (P) and fluid accumulation (K). And the suggest we flush the doshas. But, this is another way of looking at it. This is to avoid the word 'ama' from the whole description. A word saved gives ecstasy to the learned. When we flush the doshas, in reality we flush the ama.
Dosha means physiology/pure tissues and pathology/pathogen, depending on the context. This confuses everyone. Knowing the context is everything in life and healing, I guess.