Ayurveda is a traditional system of health and wellbeing using gentle, non forceful healing modalities. It is one of the most holistic systems of medicine available, as it recognises not only the physical, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of being human that effect the health and advocates a life lived to the full. It includes a comprehensive study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic systems and treatment strategies. Both safe and effective, it reigns supreme in a world dominated by more and more complex and expensive medical procedures, many fraught with dangerous side effects.
Two elegant and practical features of Ayurveda are the concepts of prakruti, an individual's basic, unique, natural constitution and vikruti, which is the individual's current imbalance.
The concept of constitutional variety is fundamental in Ayurveda. This is the notion that we are all different and what may be medicine for one person may even harm another.
Your individual, baseline, stable Ayuredic constitution is known as your prakruti. It is determined at the moment of conception and relates to your genetically, inherent and permanent physical and emotional qualities, characteristics and tendencies. These stable qualities include your height, natural eye and hair colour and innate personality traits.
There are as many different constitutions as there are human beings. These stem from the three main biological, constitutional forces categorised in Ayurveda as the tridoshas.
The three doshas are called vata, pitta and kapha, which can roughly be translated as air, fire and water/earth respectively. While all three doshas are present in every constitution, they are present in different ratios. For instance, I may have a high concentration of kapha (earth) in constitution, with Pitta (fire) secondary and a small amount of vata (air), however, someone else may have more Vata and Pitta and less Kapha. There are seven dosha-predominant constitutions which prevail. These are vata-predominant, pitta-predominant, kapha-predominant, three dual constitutions, where two doshas are equally or nearly equally predominant, namely, vata-pitta predominant, pitta-kapha predominant and kapha-vata predominant, and one constitutional that has all three doshas equally prominent, namely vata-pitta-kapha predominant.
Knowing your constitution, your prakruti, is useful because it increases your awareness of your natural strengths and challenges. This can be a positive step towards your understanding of health that is unique to you. To learn more about your personal Ayurvedic constitution, answer your questionaire here based upon your overall, lifelong tendencies and not according to temporary or recent conditions.
The above test and results are intended as a convenient tool to provide practical information on your Ayurvedic constitutional type. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. In addition, while this information should be considered highly useful, it is not meant to replace the skilled constitutional analysis of a professionally trained Ayurvedic practitioner.
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