There is no debating the fact that no two individuals are alike. What causes these differences though? Genetics offers some answers but stop short of explaining the unique idiosyncrasies that characterize individuals. Ayurveda, the ancient science of biology explains the differences using the 3 doshas of body – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, – which form the basis of this science of the sages.
Ayurveda claims that the ways the three biological energies – or doshas – unite and work together define the unique characteristics of an individual. Any change in the sync pattern can cause an imbalance, which we perceive as an illness.
What are the 3 doshas of body?The doshas are simply a manifestation of the properties of the five basic elements present in the body. Each dosha is a manifestation of one or more elements – Vata – Space and air Pitta – Fire Kapha – Earth and Water A perfect balance of doshas means a perfect balance of the five elements. This, in turn, means perfectly good health.
The Ayurvedic Concept of DoshasAyurveda claims that the perception of health and well-being is based on the presence, proportion, and action of the three doshas in the body. This does not necessarily mean that the doshas are not static. Their balance keeps shifting constantly depending on our environment, diet, lifestyle, and other factors. Growth occurs as a result of this shifting balance. The disease is a condition where the balance is not “optimal”.
The Human BodyEvery human being possesses all the three doshas in varying combinations that make them unique. Every individual has a predominance of one dosha – and this is called his prakriti or nature.
What Dosha are you?Every dosha has certain predominant traits that define an individual. Ayurvedic practitioners determine the dominant dosha by reading the pulse of the individual and observing individual traits which may point to a particular dosha. Some predominant traits of each dosha include –