Dosha or Tri-Dosha Theory in Ayurvedic medicine, Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, D.Sc
By: Best Nutrition
Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, BAMS, DSC
An Ayurvedic Physician and Researcher, USA
New age people especially are searching for natural supplements for preventing chronic disease and promoting healthy aging. However everyone from normal individuals to serious weightlifters and athletes are also interested."
To understand what they seek-and how Ayurveda supplies it-it helps to know a little about what this ancient form of medicine actually involves. Practiced since 3500 BC, Ayurveda follows two main precepts, that is the mind and body are connected, and that the mind has the power to transform and heal the body.
Guided by these beliefs, Ayurveda takes a "personalized approach to health" that "emphasizes a balance between body, spirit, and mind. Ayurveda holds that there are three basic types of energy, or "universal principles known as doshas," and that the ratio among these three energies within each of us "has a significant influence on our individual physical, mental, and emotional character traits."
So, for example, someone whose dosha is primarily of the vata type will reflect the qualities of space and air, and thus be generally quick and lively; by contrast, the kapha dosha echoes elements of water and earth and tends to present as a solid, calm temperament. And those with the pitta dosha-the fire and water sign, if you are typically fiery in mood and, oddly enough, oily of your skin.