All sub-types of Vata can and do cover each other, for a total of 20 types of mutual covering.
Treatment of Blocked sub-vatas and Doshas
|Covering Sub-type||Covered Sub-type||Symptoms||Treatment|
|prana||vyana||vacantness of all senses, diminution of intellect, memory and strength||manage like supraclavicular disorders|
|vyana||prana||excessive sweating, horripilation, skin diseases, numbness in body parts||unctuous purgatives|
|samana||prana||disorders of grahani, sides and heart, and pain in stomach||appetizing ghritas|
|prana||samana||stunning, stammering, dumbness||uncting substances used in 4 ways (intake, massage, snuffing + enema), and also in sustaining enemas.|
|prana||udana||stiffness in head, coryza, difficulty in respiration, cardiac disorder, dryness in mouth||Treatment as in supraclavicular diseases, consoling at the same time.|
|udana||prana||loss of activity, immunity, strength, and complexion or even death.||Sprinkled slowly with cold waters, consoled, and given all comforts.|
|prana||apana||Vomiting, dyspnoea, etc.||Enema, etc. (the 5 karmas?), and carminitive, light diet.|
|apana||prana||Mental confusion, diminution of digestive fire, diarrhoea||Emesis, appetising and astringent diet.|
|vyana||apana||vomiting, tympanitis, usavarta, gulma, distress, cutting pain||Unctuous measures|
|apana||vyana||excessive discharge of stool, urine and semen||Astringent measures|
|samana||vyana||fainting, drowsiness, delirium, malaise, loss of agni, immunity, and strength.||physical exercise and light food|
|udana||vyana||Stiffness, poor digestion, absence of sweating, loss of activity, and closing of eyes.||Wholesome, measured and light food.|
Mastering the information on the above chart on Vata Sub-types will take great skill. The best place for the novice to start may be to memorize the symptoms associated with the various combinations of sub-type coverings. By repeated practice in identifying these combinations, one should eventually become proficient at identifying the workings of the V sub-types directly.
General Treatment for The Vata Sub-types: Udana should be led upwards, apana should be directed downwards, samana should be brought back to the middle [umbilical region] and vyana should be moved in all these three directions. Prana should be protected most carefully, because it’s location in its normal location is essential. Those Vata sub-types dosha which are covered or moving in the wrong course should be brought back to their normal positions.
Importance of Prompt Treatment of Vata sub-type dosha
The wise, in case of a disease, gets relief by external or internal or surgical measures. The childish, due to confusion or carelessness do not know about the emerging disorder in early stage as fools about the enemy. The disorder, though having a minute start, advances afterwards and gradually becoming deep-rooted takes away the strength and life of the foolish one. The fool does not realize till he is afflicted and only then he decides to control the disease. Then he collects son, wife and kin and requests them to bring some physician even at the cost of his entire possession, but who can save him, the devoid of life, weak, afflicted, emaciated, anxious and with the sense organs waned away. Thus not finding a savior that fool leaves his life like an iguana with her tail bound and dragged by a strong person. Hence one, who wishes happiness, should counteract with medicines before the disorder is produced or when it is newly arisen.