The Dosha Theory

Ayurveda regarded by many as the oldest of healing sciences is a holistic approach to healthier living and longer life. Ayurveda beliefs centre on each person’s distinct pattern of energy – a blend of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. It is also believed that every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called “Dosha”.

Everyone inherits a unique mix of two or more of the three basic Dosha energy types, namely Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. It is through the balance of these Doshas that the mental and physical health of each individual is determined.

Vatha Dosha - Earth & Air

Those with dominant ‘Vatha’ characteristics tend to be more on the fragile side and lean. Their constituency leads them towards dry scalps and hair with rough, wrinkled and sometimes-cracked skin.

Pitta Dosha - Fire & Water

Those with dominant ‘Pitha’ characteristics tend to be strong and are usually medium body types. They have weak and thinning hair, light skin that freckles and gets sunburnt easily.

Kapha Dosha – Water & Earth

Those with dominant ‘Kapha’ characteristics tend to be more on the larger boned side. They generally have soft and thick hair, skin consistency that is more oily, smooth and moist.

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