Basic principles of Ayurveda, the Tridoshas
Ayurveda is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago. It is a holistic system of medicine that uses a constitutional model. Ayurveda is not only a system of medicine but also a way of healthy living, aiming to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.
Ayurveda understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human
beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas. In Ayurveda every person is
considered a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are ether
(space), air, fire, water, and earth. Just as in nature, we too have these five elements
in us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have
an influence on us. The foods we eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence
of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primary elements, certain
elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions.
We are all made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These ratios of the
doshas vary in each individual. The constitution of the individual is decided by the
predominant dosha. For example a person who has vata as the predominant dosha is generally
tall and thin, has poor memory, is fearful ,anxious, nervous, has dry skin and low weak
voice, has variable appetite and likes travelling. A person who has pitta predominnet will
have strong willed and courageous and will tend towards fiery emotions, such as
irritability or anger. A person with Kapha predominent will generally be heavily built,
and will be kind, considerate and loyal, but will dislike changes of any kind.
With kind permission from the Baga Natural Health Centre
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