ORIENTAL SYSTEMS

9

AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

 

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Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicine with a five-thousand-year history, is considered the world’s oldest and the most complete medical system with a deep spiritual basis. The Ayurvedic healing tradition, which is holistic at heart, addresses the individual and seeks to identify the unique patterns of each patient. Ayurveda regards the human being as a trinity of body, mind, and spirit. It evaluates a full range of physiological, psychological, and behavioral characteristics and traits of a person with the physical symptoms they manifest. The major purpose of Ayurveda is to preserve youthfulness and achieve longevity. Its diagnostic methods are metaphysical rather than quantitative and objective. The Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment relies on understanding vital forces known as doshas, which control our bodily functions. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

To evaluate your own dosha type, use the entries in Table 9-2, which is helpful in self-assessment. In contrast to other evaluations--which are undoubtedly useful for acquiring a better understanding of your individuality--this dosha-type assessment, together with blood type and Yin-Yang type, directly influences the food that is appropriate for your type.

You will find in the book a description of doshas, charts for self-evaluation and graphical display of your dosha type, food charts appropriate for the dosha type, and examples of long living people.

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