The 3 Constitutions of Ayurveda
by Manju Balram
[Editor's note: Just
in case you're new to Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda is a complete
different medical system... however, the Pulse of Oriental
Medicine is open to passing on any alternative medicine
Ayurveda is seeing revival throughout the world. International
cosmetic brands are coming up with their ayurvedic lines. Ayurvedic
tonics are the new aqua vita, and the industry is growing at an
amazing rate of 30 percent a year. Dr. Mehra of Ayur Health Care
Institute in Delhi, explains, "Ayurveda adopts a holistic
approach to get to the root of the problem, after analyzing the
basic constitution -'prakriti' of the individual, and eliminates
the disease right at its root level, thus ensuring total well
The A in Ayurveda
The basic principle of ayurveda is that "balance is order,
imbalance is disorder. Health is order and disease is disorder."
Says Dr Robert Svoboda on ayurveda.com. "When one understands
the basic structure of the disorder the re establishment of order
becomes easier," he adds.
'Doshas', namely Vata, Kapha, Pitta - the three ruling forces,
or constitutions - determine this order. Each dosha is linked
to an element, which in turn reflects its influence in bodily
harmony. Vata is dominated by air and space, and symbolizes the
energy of movement. Kapha is ruled by earth and fire, controls
the body frame, and Pitta composed of fire and water and controls
the metabolism. All these qualities of vata, kapha, and pitta
are present in everyone, but one of them is dominant. The combination
of these three makes your prakruti. Anne Green in 'Principles
of Ayurveda' says that, "knowing your prakruti helps you
understand your reactions to people, places, food and even weather".
The VATA DOSHA
This is the most imaginative dosha, with changeability as its
principal trait. Thoughts and sensation are a part of vata-dominated
people, so they often come across as erratic, emotionally wrought
The Vata person is usually taller or shorter than average, with
dark course hair and skin that tans easily. Dr Scott Gerson in
'Ayurveda, the Ancient Indian Healing Art' says that "because
it regulates the nervous process, emotions, thoughts, eating,
and drinking, its disorder is the most common." Vata imbalances
cause insomnia, memory lapses, confused state of mind and digestive
and respiratory turmoil. On the brighter side, it makes a person
optimistic, and intuitive. Meditation along with soothing music
and sweet smells work like wonder for the vata-dominated people.
Also, try a cup of hot ginger milk at bedtime.
The PITTA DOSHA
This dosha makes you a dynamic and passionate person, who is
capable of extreme emotions - be it, joy, grief, jealousy or even
hatred. The main function of this dosha is digestion, metabolism
and skin luster. The pitta person needs to take it easy and should
understand that projects can get delayed and that leisure time
is for relaxation. Success typifies the pitta person, but they're
prone to deep bouts of depression when confronted by failure.
Sight is the sense that is most closely linked to this dosha,
therefore concentrating on a candle flame works like magic.
Excessive pitta can make her drained out, thirsty and sweaty.
She should cut down on salt, caffeine, and oily food and should
consider an all fruit and vegetables diet at least once a week.
Carrot and Ginger juice is good for the liver... try it.
The KAPHA DOSHA
Firmly rooted in the earth, the kapha person is calm, compassionate,
often sensual, has large eyes, glowing skin, a strong well-proportioned
body and thick hair. Kapha is the anabolic force that gives the
body its resistance and also supports the healing process. The
kapha person is caring, diplomatic and can find the perfect solution
in difficult times. The sense of security and constancy that radiate
from the kapha force restore order to the other two doshas. However,
on the negative side, a kapha force can make you greedy, possessive
and addicted to sleep and food.kapha needs a bit of inspiration
at set intervals to jump-start from the natural inertia. Incense
and exercise is indispensable for the kapha-dominated personalities.
Perfect potion-Yoghurt with Ginger and a dash of mint .
About the author, Manju Balram
Manju Balram is a Freelance Journalist from India. She has been
writing for the past seven years for journals in India. Her areas
of interest are Alternative health care, which includes topics
on Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Yoga,
Meditation, Natural Healing, Reiki etc. She has several appropriate
articles on the topics mentioned above . If interested please
contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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