Did you know that our bodily movements are primarily governed by the air or the vaayu element? All the five elements, including water, air, fire, earth and space, govern specific vaastu zones in your home and have their own roles and effects. Of the five, vaayu is responsible for movement and growth in life, and is also responsible for blood circulation in our body. Vaastushastri Khushdeep Bansal, founder of the MahaVastu Group explains, “In the context of human body, Ayurveda also relates blood circulation to vaayu. According to this discipline, vyana vaayu is responsible for circulation, but is influenced by the prana, samana, and apana vaayus,” he says.
Bansal adds that vyana vaayu circulates throughout the body and goes down with the help of apana, and moves up with the help of udana. “These movements of vaayu in the body are also a part of circulation. Cold legs or feet indicate weak apana. Cold hands are because of weak samana, and cold scalp is because of weak prana,” he says.
Documented research based on over 5,000 MahaVastu case studies highlight that the imbalance of vaayu in a house can lead to problems for the residents. “According to this research we conducted, health problems in different organs of human body are related to different vaastu zones of the house. Blood circulation is primarily related with East-North-East and East vaastu zones, both of which are governed by air element,” says Bansal. The report also says that since the element governs blood circulation in human body, imbalance in air results ailments related with blood circulation, like perspiration on palms, cold scalp and cold feet.
“A person residing in such a house will feel lack of happiness in his life. He won’t feel refreshed, despite having a long sleep. This is because happiness and rejuvenation are attributes of the East-North-East zone. Such a person has to depend more on digestive medicines,” says Bansal. He also says that extension of the East-North-East zone in the house, placement of a bar for serving alcohol or liquor, or woolen clothes in this zone, presence of store, generator or inverter in the East zone, and presence of white, yellow or grey colours in these zones also cause problem of blood circulation.
Doctors, however, say that unhealthy surroundings could account for the scientific explanation for such ailments. “Unhealthy air in the surroundings or in the home will not cause direct effect on the blood circulation. However, in people with lung diseases such as asthma, COAD or chronic heart diseases, it may affect adequate oxygenation in the lungs which can lead to more impure blood or blood with high CO2 concentration in the circulation,” says Dr Satish Koul, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.
There are precautionary measures to avoid such health problems. “Ideally, these activities should be avoided in the said vaastu zones. Vaastu recommends guidelines to be followed for positions of doors, windows, ventilators and balconies, height of structure, and placement of trees and plants, to balance the air element, so that the air enters a building from north east. By using them, you can easily restore the balance of air element in your house without making structural changes or demolitions or reconstruction,” says Bansal.
Doctors also suggest a simple approach. “People can increase their intake of electrolytes, for instance, with the consumption of coconut water or orange juice. This will help stimulate blood circulation in the body,” says Koul.