VATA, PITTA, KAPHA
In Ayurveda, everything around us is made up of five elements: ether, air, water, fire and earth. As long as these five elements are in balance in the universe, the world will continue to function properly. Where the balance is upset, natural disasters, floods, earthquakes, temperature spikes can occur. It works the same way in the human body: we are healthy when the elements of our body are in balance.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the definition of the personal body type (prakriti) is of primary importance. Each person is born with a particular body type, it is their personal prakriti that determines their physical attributes, height, eye and skin colour, bone structure. It also includes a large part of their mental characteristics, such as whether they are withdrawn or more combative. It determines what foods are good for them and their metabolism. Without establishing prakriti, Ayurvedic treatment is not possible.
When discussing the dosas, we noted that the varying proportion of them gives a person their uniqueness. A person who has more Vata doshas in their natural body type (prakriti) is called pure Vata. In the same way, there are pure Pitta and pure Kapha types. Those who have equal amounts of two doshas are called vata-pitta, vata-kapha or pitta-kapha. Although very rarely, it happens that the three doshas are present in equal proportions, in which case we speak of a tridosa, or a vata-pitta-kapha, subtype.
The 7 main physique types:
Usually they are physically underdeveloped, their chest is flat, veins and muscles are visible. Skin is cool, coarse and dry, broken. They usually have birthmarks. Typical to their height is that they are either too high or too short with a thin body form. They need sweet, salty and sour tastes. You can read more about the Vata dosha here.
Medium height, thin, their body type is delicate. They have several birthmarks, freckles. Their muscle development is medium. Their skin is soft, warm, their hair is often red, graying early and have a tendency to balding. They seek the sweet, bitter and acerbic tastes. You can read more about the Pitta dosha here.
Their body is well developed, have a strong tendency to overweight. Their chest is wide, veins and sinews are not visible because their skin is thick and have a good developed musculature. Their skin is soft and oily but cool and pale. Their hair is thick, dark and wavy. You can read more about the Kapha dosha here.
For example people of kapha type have a tendency for kapha diseases, such is the tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds and catarrhs. The pitta type people are prone to bladder, bile and liver abnormalities, hyperacidity, stomach ulcer or they have frequent different skin problems. The vata type people are exposed to high flatulence, arteriosclerosis, back pain and they have regular digestion problems, difficult stool, or a typical vata problem is the osteoporosis.
The vata illnesses originate in the colon, the pitta illnesses originate in the small intestine, while the origin of the kapha type illnesses is in the stomach
Summer is under the rule of pitta, so fiery people typically get sick during summer.
FIt may be important to observe the time when a particular disease symptom occurs, because, especially if it is repeated, it shows which energy is predominant. This is also important because herbs and medicinal products should be taken in such way that we know which energy overload they are taken against.
It may be important to observe the time when a particular disease symptom occurs, because, especially if it is repeated, it shows which energy is predominant. This is also important because herbs and medicinal products should be taken in such way that we know which energy overload they are taken against.
It’s the flavors that build up the tissues. Basically, it is necessary to strive to consume possibly from all tastes, however, it is important to pay attention to the proportions. Eat more of those flavors that help restore the upset balance. That is, when the vata-pitta-kapha is in balance. Therefore, if one of them becomes predominant, it should preferably be restrained, so this is done by varying the tastes.
Source: dr. Vasant Lad, Hémangi, Mireisz László
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