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SEVEN TYPES OF CONSTITUTION
There are 7 types of constitutions or "Dosha". They are:
Each individual has a unique constitution or Dosha (akin to the Western scientific term of DNA). This is determined at conception. At the time of fertilisation, in the moment of the union of the single male sperm unites with the single female ovum, the permutations and combinations of bodily air, fire and water that manifests in the parents' bodies determine the constitution of the individual. You may be 50% Kapha, 30% Pitta and 20% Vata for example. This is one of the reasons Ayurveda is so unique in its approach. The treatment given is specific to the individual - this means that what could be a healing diet and lifestyle for one individual could create illness for someone else. While it's useful to understand your Dosha and how to live and eat correctly to keep it in balance, if you are already experiencing symptoms it means that one or more of these Doshas has become disturbed and this is when an Ayurvedic Practitioner can help.
AGNI - THE DIGESTIVE FIRE
According to Ayurveda, all disease is caused by impaired Agni. Agni comes from the Sanskrit word for fire, and so you can think of this as your ‘digestive fire. Your Agni or digestive fire can be too high, too low or up and down all over the place! When our digestion is not working optimally this creates toxins, known as “Ama” which circulate around the body and lead to illness. Toxins can be both from incorrect food and lifestyle choices as well as emotional toxins from unresolved issues or trauma.
The first stage of Ayurvedic treatment involves enhancing the bodies' own system for dispelling toxins, by strengthening Agni. During Ayurvedic treatment herbs are taken to balance one’s digestive fire, and help to dislodge the ama in the body while also supporting the ‘detox’ or elimination process. A diet of easy to digest foods that also address the Dosha imbalance are prescribed for the patient together with lifestyle changes which could relate to a person’s exercise, work and stress management.
Over time, if the patient is able to follow the dietary and lifestyle advice along with their herbs, balance is restored to the Agni, toxins are reduced and eliminated – and the body comes back to into balance.
THE 6 TASTES
SWEET | SOUR | SALTY | PUNGENT | ASTRINGENT | BITTER