Ayurveda > Do You Know Your Prakruti?
By Dr. Satish Kulkarni
In the last article we have seen Panchmahabhootas
(the five supreme powers) come
together and create three doshas
(basic components of the body). These
are vaat, pitta and kafa.
These doshas decide our prakruti
individual is a mixture of vaat,
pitta and kafa doshas.
The percentage of these doshas
and the dominant and recessive part
of them changes from person to
person. This is the reason why every
individual is different and unique.
are a few common features, which
describe the prakruti of an
individual. Knowing these features
will help us in deciding our prakruti
and accordingly we can change our
lifestyle and maintain good health in
all seasons and under all
Features of vaat prakruti:
people are usually tall and thin.
They are low in weight with prominent
bones and noisy joints. Their skin is
thin and dry with prominent, darkish
veins on it. It is cold to touch. Vaat
people have curly, coarse, dry and
darkish colored hair. Large, crooked,
protruding teeth are also vaat
markers. The head is relatively small
and eyes are black, lusterless and
dull. Constant movement of eyes is
again a marker of vaat prakruti.
Their appetite is low though they
like sweet, salty and sour foods.
They prefer hot beverages to keep
them warm. They face problems of
digestion because their bowels are
dry. Most vaat prakruti
people have tendency towards
constipation. They are hyperactive
and restless but creative and
artistic in nature. They love music.
Their moods are extreme and range
from extreme joy to extreme fear.
Anxiety and insecurity is very common
among them. They are erratic in
nature and unpredictable. Their
memory is good but short term. They
run, jump or fly in their dreams.
Their have very light sleep that
tends to be repeatedly interrupted by
the smallest noise. Their voice is
high pitched and they speak fast,
intermingling words at times. They
fantasize a lot about sex but are
poor on the level of performance.
They think a lot and plan
meticulously but it is physically
beyond their capacity to achieve all
that they plan. Their pulse is thin,
feeble and blood travels like a snake
through the blood vessels.
In the next
article we will see the features of pitta
prakruti and kafa prakruti.
show a mixture of features and this
helps in deciding their prakruti.
If this logic is stretched a bit we
can say that there are seven types of
prakrutis in all. Vaat
dominant, pitta dominant, kafa
dominant, vaat-pitta, pitta-kafa,
kafa-vaat and lastly vaat-pitta-kafa (a
state of equilibrium). Few features
of vaat prakruti with a
few of pitta demonstrate vaat-pitta
category, few features of pitta
prakruti with a few of kafa
and so on.
knowledge helps in deciding
ones prakruti, making
seasonal changes in ones daily
routine and this further helps in
maintaining good health and
prescribing medication in case of prakop
(imbalance of doshas which
leads to a state of disease).
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