Prana Vata - Vital Life Energy

Prana Vata - Vital Life Energy

by Julie Wardwell July 14, 2023


Prana is the vital life force that energizes what is essential for all life. Prana vata is the inward movement of life force energy coming into our bodies. It’s the inhalation of oxygen, the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and the perception of sensory input that connects our senses, mind, and body. Prana is directly responsible for life itself as it nourishes the vitality of all our cells.

In today’s living environment there are many reasons why prana vata becomes aggravated and out of balance. Many social, work and environmental factors leave us vulnerable to prana vata aggravation, at the top of the list is any excess stress that causes disturbed sleeping and eating habits, too much traveling, talking, or exercising. Essentially, what aggravates prana vata are the things we do every day in our lives.

To maintain a healthy balanced prana vata we must adopt life habits that calm the effects of our fast moving lives. Activities such as breathing exercises, meditation, yoga nidra, maintaining regular sleep and mealtimes, gentle yoga and walks in nature are all very beneficial.

Two very special Ayurvedic herbal products that offer direct support for prana vata.   

Dhanwantaram Gulika Supports Prana Vata

Dhanwantaram Gulika is a well-known Ayurvedic herbal pill that supports both the respiratory and digestive system. It supports Prana vayu by enhancing the incoming life force of oxygen and nutrients. The potency of this herbal formula is indicated by its name, as Lord Dhanvantari is considered the founding father of Ayurvedic Medicine. The Indian government has declared Lord Dhanvantari’s birthday as "National Ayurveda Day."

  • Dhanwantharam gulika can be taken with dry roasted cumin tea to support digestive bloating, gas, pain, sour belching, acidity, hiccups and excessive gurgling in the stomach.
  • Dhanwantharam gulika can be taken with fresh ginger tea to support kapha mucus in the respiratory system, it helps ease breathing, congestion, and chronic cough.
  • Dhanwantharam gulika balances vata and kapha at the level of the chest and gut

Dhanwantaram Gulika Ingredients

  • Ela - Elettaria cardamomum
  • Viswa - Zingiber officinale
  • Abhaya - Terminalia chebula
  • Ajaji - Trachyspermum roxburghianum
  • Brihati - Solanum virginianum
  • Jirakam - Cuminum cyminum
  • Jeenoshanam - Piper cubeba
  • Bhunimba - Swertia chirata
  • Rudraksha - Elaeocarpus serratus
  • Suradaru - Cedrus deodara
  • Karpura - Cinnamomum camphora
  • Himambu - Rosa centifolia

Dhanwantaram Oil Supports Prana Vata

Dhanwantaram Oil balances and nourishes vata dosha and supports vata related disorders of the muscles, bones, nerves, and joints.

Abhyanga is an herbal oil massage and is considered the best pacifier for an aggravated vata dosha, and Dhanwantaram Oil is considered the best oil for an aggravated vata dosha. A daily warm oil massage followed by a warm shower or bath will greatly counterbalance the effects caused by the stressors of daily living. Read our article Abhyangam Oil Massage to learn more.   

Dhanwantaram Oil contains many nutrient dense ingredients like sesame oil, castor oil and ghee along with 43 herbs that nourish and soothe the aggravated vata dosha.


Kottakkal is committed to offering the highest quality Ayurvedic Healthcare. We offer two ways to have an Ayurvedic consultation. 1. Free 15-minute Consultation with our Ayurvedic practitioner, Julie Wardwell for when you need a product recommendation for a basic health problem. 2. In-depth Consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor, Vaidya Vishwanath Guddadar for when your condition is chronic with multiple symptoms.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Kottakkal Ayurveda products and information are not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. If you have serious, acute, or chronic health problems, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the advice of a trained Ayurvedic professional, call (800) 215-9934 or email us at We will provide you with information to consult with Ayurvedic professionals. Always check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant or nursing.


Julie Wardwell
Julie Wardwell

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