Do you suffer from allergies or health issues like Asthma, Wheezing, Headache, Sinusitis, Cough, Sneezing, Running nose, as well as Tension and Skin problems? Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine which focuses on natural healing to provide finite solution to these issues.
Diagnosis is the process of finding the root cause of a health issue, which is the vital part of any system of medicine. In Ayurveda, diagnosis depends on the body type (or Prakriti) of each individual, making the treatment different for every individual. These body types differs as per the balance between three doshas (or Tridoshas) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – in each individual’s body.
As per tridoshas, Ayurveda classifies human body into
- Vata type
- Pitta type
- Kapha type
- Vata-Pitta type
- Vata-Kapha type
- Pitta-Kapha type
- Vata-Pitta-Kapha type
Physical appearance and Psychology of people are also classified as per their body types
Vata type people are more likely to have a lean and tall body, while Pitta types have more chances of having a medium body, and Kapha type people to have a Heavy body.
Vata type people will mostly have a restless and anxious mind, Pitta type people a clever mind, and Kapha type people will have a calm and slow mind.
The three states in tridosha system
- You are ‘Balanced’, when all the three doshas in the body is in its natural proportion.
- You have an ‘Increase’ in any dosha, when a particular dosha or combination of some doshas is in greater-than-normal proportion in the body.
- You have a ‘Decrease’ in any dosha, when a particular dosha or combination of some doshas is in lower-than-normal proportion in the body.
In general, if the proportion of tridoshas in your body is same as that of its value at the time of your birth, you are considered to be healthy. If there is any change in your body’s tridosha-proportion from the time of your birth, it is considered as an imbalance. Imbalance means difference from your natural body type. According to tridosha system, each body will be more prone to certain types of health issues. Let’s have a glimpse of health issues for the three basic body types in general.
Illnesses associated with each body type
Vata type body
Vata represents wind or movement inside our body. Vata-doshas are named as the ‘King’ of all type of doshas since it represents the moving energy of all our biological activities. Vata is believed to be located at colons, thighs, bones, joints, ears, skin, brain, and nerve tissues. Common illnesses faced in Vata-dosha are, dry skin, constipation, as well as anxiety.
Pitta type body
Pitta represents the energy of digestion and metabolism in our body. Pitta break down the food molecules and energise our body. So, a balanced Pitta offers joy, sharp intellect, and vitality, while Pitta imbalance can alter mental peace, stability and focus resulting in decreased immunity inviting infections and inflammations. Pitta is believed to be located at small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat. Common illnesses faced in Pitta-dosha are, Heartburn, infections, ulcers, inflammations, over-activity, aggressiveness, etc.
Kapha type body
Kapha represents the energy which ensures our body’s smooth functioning and which provides the body its physical form. Kapha nourishes the body through moistening food, lubricating joints, storing energy, cooling body fluids like water, mucus, and lymph. Kapha is believed to be located at lungs, chest, throat, head, lymph, fatty tissue, connective tissues, ligaments, and tendons. Common illnesses faced in Kapha-dosha are, sinus problems, mucus related problems, allergies, headache, obesity, lethargy, depression, etc.
Identifying a dosha imbalance in advance can fully prevent future illnesses, making Ayurveda a perfect preventive medical system. Visit Ayurvalley to identify your body type and find out whether you have any tridosha imbalance.