According to Ayurveda each individual is unique and all made up of elements that create health when well-balanced, and illness when imbalanced. This can be on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. It takes into account all of the unique aspects and qualities of each person and helps to relieve symptoms, prevent diseases and treat illnesses.
These elements are the five gross elements of existence (The Pancha Mahabhutas): space, air, fire, water, and earth manifest in each of us in a unique way to give us our physical and mental qualities. These elements then combine into three constitutions, or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Air (Vayu), Ether (Akasha), Fire (Agni/Tej), Water (Apas) and Earth (Prithvi) exist in everything in the Universe. They uniquely manifest in all life, as well as each of us - to give us our physical and mental qualities. Each person has their own unique combination of these 5 elements that contain 20 different qualities.
These elements then go on to further combine and form three distinct physical and energetic DOSHAS: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each Dosha behaves very differently and responds to different treatments.
Cold, Dry, Rough, Light, Sharp, Subtle, Flowing, Mobile, Hard, Clear.
Colon, thighs, hips, ears, bones and organs of hearing and touch.
Vata governs movement of all things. It gives life to all things. It is responsible for breathing, movement, flexibility and biological processes, bodily activities and sensations. It controls the movement of blood through the circulatory system, delivery of nutrients to the cells and the removal & excretion of waste products.
It governs the nervous system and sensory functions.
Thin, Small Frame, Small Muscle Tone, Thin & Dry Hair.
Tranquility, Stability, Calmness, Creativity, Energy, Enthusiasm, Light-heartedness, Easy digestion, Restful sleep, Adequate hydration, Grounded and Focused.
Anxiety, Fear, Anorexia, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Dehydration, Dry skin & hair, Brittle nails, Light & painful menses, Sensitivity to cold, Constipation, Overwhelm, Indecisiveness, Addictions, low mood, Fatigue, Insomnia, Aches & Pains in the body, Depletion, Low immunity, migraines, tinnitus and Sensitivity to Cold/Wind.
Vata aggravate in Winter or cold climates.
Hot, Rough, Clear, Moist, Light, Oily, Subtle, Flowing, Mobile, Sharp, Hard.
Small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, lymph & eyes.
Pitta governs all heat in the body. represents metabolism. It governs digestion and metabolic transformation of nutrients into biologically usable forms. It also imparts the capacity to absorb ideas and impressions and bestows intelligence and an enthusiasm for life.
Responsible for digestion, metabolism, chemical transformations and the production of cellular energy. Also governs digestion of information.
Pitta-types are very sharp thinkers, philosophers, analysts, consultants, managers, advisors, mathematicians and engineers.
Medium Frame, Medium muscle tone, Sharp & Radiant with slight redness to skin. Early Grey Hair.
Strong appetite with cool digestion& assimilation of nutrients, low level of toxins, focused, intellectual thought, soft leadership, balanced work/rest & healthy ambition.
Excessive body heat, Acid reflux, Feelings of Anger, Jealousy or Resentment, Auto-Immune Disorders, Vision problems, Hot skin rashes, Excess acidic sweat or urine, Psoriasis, Anemia, Diarrhea, Liver or Gallbladder issues. Being Critical or Judgmental, Extreme competitiveness, Excessive Work or Production, Unable to rest, Burnout, Fever, Toxic blood, Inflammation of bodily tissues, bones, joints, Sensitivity to heat or sun.
Pitta aggravate in Summer or hot climates.
Cold, Moist, Soft, Smooth, Cloudy, Heavy, Gross, Dense, Dull, Static or Stable.
Chest, throat, head, pancreas, stomach, fat, nose and tongue.
Kapha governs the structure and stability of the body. It gives strength both physically and psychologically. It enhances resistance to disease and promotes the healing process.Supplies nutrition and hydration to bodily tissues. Binds and solidifies our existence. Creates bodily tissues and holds bones and muscles together.
Short, Dense Frame, big round eyes, full lips, luminous skin, thick & wavy hair, Husky voice.
Good digestion, Flexible joints, Adequate Energy & Movement, Gentle nature, Caring, Loving, Happy, forgiveness, laid back, Loyal, Ambitious and Can adapt to Change.
Depression, Lethargy, Weight Gain, Swelling, Edema, Nausea, Diabetes, Sluggish digestion, High Cholesterol, Toxic Accumulation. Possessiveness, greed, envy, Cluttered, Unmotivated, Excess Mucous Production, Frequent Congestion, Sensitivity to dampness.
Kapha aggravate in the Spring or damp climates.