The three doshas of Ayurvedic practice have particular qualities or attributes which characterize their effects on the human body. People remain healthy as long as the doshas are in a state of balance or equilibrium within the body. The body has the capacity to overcome minor disturbances in the equilibrium of the doshas, but if the equilibrium is disturbed too greatly, the body then succumbs to disease and decay. Though everyone's body contains all three doshas, generally, one or two of the doshas will predominate in an individual, leading to the categorization of people as different Ayurvedic body types, for example, Vata-Pitta, Kapha, or Pitta-Kapha, etc. Detailed accounts of the actions of the doshas within the human body are found throughout the Ayurvedic literature and are used by the Ayurvedic practitioner as an integrated part of a wholistic modeling system for keeping the human being in optimum health. Some characteristics of the doshas are briefly presented here for educational purposes only and are not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. If you are concerned about a specific medical condition, we suggest you consult a qualified medical expert.
Cold - tendency to cold hands and feet; a dislike of cold climate
Quick - ability to pick up new information, quickly forgotten;
Dry - tendency to dry skin, dry hair, dull eyes, moderate sweating.
Rough - with tendency to rough skin, and coarse hair.
Pitta Dosha is notably:
Hot - tendency to warm, flushed skin, inflamation or overactive metabolism
Sharp - in mind and speech
Moist - perspiration may be profuse
Sour - bad breath and sour body odor if excess Pitta is present.
Kapha Dosha is notably:
Heavy - any heavy disorder suggest Kapha imbalance, whether obesity, or a heavy, oppressive kind of depression
Sweet - leading to weight gain or diabetes if too much sweetness is added to the body
Steady - self-contained. Body processes do not swing to the extremes;
Soft - such as soft skin and hair, soft manners, a soft look in the eyes and an undemanding approach to situations
Slow - slow movement, deliberate thinking.