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The three doshas

... and what they have to do with the individual balance of energies

The basis of ayurvedic theory is the view that five major elements make up all matter of which human beings and the world around derive. On this basis, interactions between humans and the world are systematically explained.

People are shaped by two ‘components’:

1) Structural components such as tissues, e. g. muscle or fat tissue and various management systems, e. g. blood vessels and nerves.
2) Forces or energies, because man is changing constantly. Among these "energies" the three so-called doshas are particularly important, as they regulate human functions.

Vata -
regulates movement processes, such as breathing, the movement in the gastrointestinal tract and elimination processes. On psycho-spiritual level Vata causes keen perception and mental agility.

Pitta -
has an effect on conversion processes, for example the recovery of the food in the digestive tract. Pitta functions on psycho-spiritual level include a sharp intellect and assertiveness.

Kapha -
stands for stability and structure in man and preserves the natural softness of the mucous membranes and joints. A good long-term memory is also facilitated by Kapha.

Ayurveda is based on the notion that everyone is a unique being with an individual constitution from birth onwards. Thus there is no universal human being. The constitutions in turn determine certain characteristics:

The Vata-type is easily cold and is prone to dry skin. His appetite is irregular and he often suffers from constipation. Vata people are quickly excitable by new ideas.

The Pitta-type prefers a nice cool environment. He tans easily and leaves out meals reluctantly. Pitta people fall asleep easily, but are light sleepers. In everyday life, they can assert themselves well and are goal oriented.

The Kapha type has smooth skin and has few wrinkles even in old age. He likes to eat, however finds it not too hard to miss meals. Kapha people tend to be overweight for life and have a very good long-term memory.

What is my constitution?

The questionnaire below is a tool to help you determine your ayurvedic constitution. Please keep in mind that in this questionnaire, the characteristics of "healthy temperament" are required.

For example, if you have had smooth skin all your life, but it has become dry in the last year please check the feature "smooth skin ". In this way, please go through the questionnaire and tick the appropriate characterization. Then, count the number of points along each line. At the end you will have an important indication of your ayurvedic constitution.

Most people have a so-called "mixed constitution", so do not be surprised if the scores are close to each other in two rows. In the clinic, additional questionnaires as well as a medical interview, physical examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis assist in the determination of constitution and imbalance.


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