Wednesday, October 17, 2012


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21) Sleep

When you sleep well you get good physical and mental strength. Happiness, sense organs works well and one gets long life.
If sleep is not taken according to rules- unhappiness, thinness, weakness, impotency, loss of memory and death also may result.

It is advisable to sleep after 1 ‘prahar’ (i.e. after 3 hrs of commencement of night) this and this should be before 12 midnight.
Do not sleep in evening or immediately after food, after studying and after sex.

One should not sleep during day time. It is only allowed if your doctor allows you for a particular reason.

Loss due to day sleep
Some of the diseases like- heaviness, headache,  spasm in muscles, indigestion, swelling, loss of appetite, nausea,  cold, migraine, rashes, eruptions, itching, laziness, cough, disease of throat, loss of memory, illogical thinking, , fever, sense perception is not good and toxins start to show signs.

Complication of excess sleep
It causes indigestion and increases the kapha. This kapha blocks the bio-channels in our body and causes heaviness in body which again causes sleep. Thus this becomes a vicious cycle


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20) Dinner
When the food taken in the day gets digested and you feel hungry one should have food.
And rest same as lunch


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19) Sex

Age limit
Only between 16-70 yrs. If done before and after the age specified it may result in ill health.

According to seasons-
Every 3rd day in –springs and autumn
Every 15th day in – rainy and summer.
Any time if person is healthy in winters.

Menstrual women, not willing to have sex, dirty, unhappy, of higher caste, old, ill, amputee, pregnant, depressed, of same parents, teacher, saint.
One should not have sex  at evening, midnight, midday, on holy day, when shy, at filthy place, when hungry, ill, sad, urge of defecation, urine, thirsty and in general weakness.
Do not have sex with other spices than human and in other places than vagina. Holding the urge for expulsion of semen is also contraindicated.
One should refrain from excessive sex, if done it may result in pain, cough, fever, breathlessness, weakness, convulsions, loss of vision, life and glow of skin.

‘Vajikarana’ therapy and follow good rules mentioned above for having sex.


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18) FOOD

Benefits of having right quantity of food
It bestows the person with strength, health, happiness and long life.

The right quantity of food is
1/3rd of stomach with solid food
1/3rd of stomach with liquid food
And the remaining 1/3rd should be kept empty for ‘dosha’ to work.

Signs to know the right quantity of food
The quantity of food which does not let you feel heavy, does not increases heart beats, ribs area  does not feel like stretched/tensed and lets you feel happy, hunger and thirst quenches, no problem in doing any work, completion of  digestion , increase strength and health.
If one have food before clearance of bowels or when not hungry he/she will land on one or other disease.

Food should be-
1)    Hot, less oily
2)    Easily digestible
3)    Should not be of opposite ‘prakriti’
4)    Food should be taken at clean place and where mind is calm
5)    It should not be had to fast or too slow
6)    Do not talk or laugh while eating
7)    Concentrate your mind completely on food
8)    Different types of food having different taste (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, etc) should be taken regularly to build strength.
9)    Try to have sweet in the beginning and sour and salty in the middle and rest at last.
   10) Chew food properly.

Other important instructions
1)    If water is taken in-between food it maintains body buildup (not more the 1/3rd of diet including all liquid diet)
2)    If water is taken after food it results in obesity
3)    If water is had before food it will result in thinning of body
4)    Immediately after food do not go for work, bath and other work.
5)    Sit straight for 5-10 min. after food until the lethargy goes away.
6)    After this roam for about 100 steps and lie down on left lateral position for a while(do not sleep)

7)     During this time enjoy things what you like and do not do what your mind do not enjoys.
8)    Do not laugh too much or have a bumpy ride as it may cause vomiting, etc.

Food that can be had daily
Boiled rice, red rice, green gram, rock salt, Indian gooseberry, oat, pure water, ghee, milk, meat of animals of desert/dry region and honey.

Do not have
Dirty, toxic, left food, food mixed with adulterants and preservatives, food you don’t like, overnight food, tasteless food, cold or reheated food and burnt food.

Food is not digested when water is taken too much. Untimely food, stopping the natural urges of nature, irregularity of sleep, fear, anger, greed, depression or disease interfere with digestion.
Special food according to seasons

1)    To have in winters- heavy food (heavy to digest), oily food, flesh of aquatic animals, alcohol, milk, sugar cane, fats, new rice, warm water.
2)    Not to have in winters- light food, airy atmosphere, restricted diet, cold drinks.
3)    To have in springs- oat, wheat, flesh of animals from dry region, honey water.
4)    Not to have in springs- heavy food, sour, oily, sweet
5)    To have in summer- sweet, cold, liquid, less oily, sugar, flesh of dry region, ghee (clarified butter), milk, red rice.
6)    Not to have in summers - alcohol can only be had with lots of water, salty, sour, spicy, chilly, and hot.
7)    To have in rainy season- honey, sour, salty, less oily, old oat, wheat, boiled rice, flesh of dry region, juice, cooled warm water, light food and take care of digestion.
10) Not to have in rainy season- cold drink, going out in sunlight, excessive liquid diet.
11) To have in autumn- sweet, light food, cold, bitter food, flesh of dry region, old oat, wheat, boiled rice, milk, sugar cane.
12) Not to have in autumn- alkaline food items, curd, sour, oil.

Cleaning hand, feet and mouth-

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17) Cleaning hand, feet and mouth-
Feet, nose, eyes, ears, anus, penis/vagina should be kept clean to increase mind power, cleanliness, age. 

Kshaur karma / hair cut, shaving and cutting nails

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16) Kshaur karma / hair cut, shaving and cutting nails

Cutting hair of head, moustache and cutting nails increases health, age, and purity. It is also a part of beauty.

It should be done every week.

Scrubbing / use of soap

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15) Scrubbing / use of soap
Scrubbing body during bath deodorizes, removes heaviness, tiredness, itching, dirt, loss of appetite and disease of sweating.


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14) Bath

Bathing clears dirt of body and mind. It increases body strength and age of a person. It diminishes fatigue, sweat, dirt.
In the morning and in the evening

Head should be wetted first during bath preferably with normal temperature water and use warm water in lower region of the body.


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13) Exercise

If one exercise regularly, it helps in digestion of the food (even if unhealthy) and it makes body light, powerful, stable and increases tolerance.

Foot massage

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12) Foot massage

 If one does not have sufficient time for full body massage, foot massage can be done regularly.
It cures roughness, numbness, dryness, fatigue and loss of sensation in feet.
Feet become soft, strong, and stable. Vision clears, and vata dosha diminishes. It cures crack heels.

Note- Massage should be specially done on ear and sole of feet daily. 


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11) Massage

If massage is done daily it will make body strong, skin becomes beautiful, body does not get affected from vata disease and is able to tolerate all strain. Body parts become stronger and beautiful. These people do not age.

3 min in one part and total 30 min. for full body.

Sesame oil.

Massage should not be done in fever.

Ear drops

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10) Ear drops
Daily using of ear drops will not allow vata disease of ear to happen. Helpful in Diseases like cervical pain also for deaf or dumb.
Rub your hands and keep it over ear, ask him to sleep on one side and after putting some oil in the ear massage the back of the ear for 3 min.

Sesame oil 

Head oil massage

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9) Head oil massage

One who applies hair oil daily never suffers from headache, hair fall, hair graying. It strengthens the hair root and bones of the skull. It is good for long & black hairs. Sense organs become healthy and skin becomes good and it helps in good night sleep. 

Gandusha /mouth wash

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8) Gandusha /mouth wash

Strengthens gums, voice deepens and is audible from long distance, face becomes lusterful, taste buds works well and appetite increases, there is no complain of dryness of mouth, lip do not dry, teeth does not fall , no sensitive gums/teeth and no pain in gums, teeth are able to chew even the hardest food .

Gandusha should be kept until the mouth becomes full of saliva so that the taste of medicine is neutralized by the saliva.
It should not be done before 5 yrs. of age.
Do not gulp the medicine.

Daily use sesame oil. 

Tongue cleaning

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7) Tongue cleaning

The toxin situated in the root of the tongue produces breathlessness and bad breath. This procedure cleans them all.

After brushing teeth

Hold the tongue cleaner with both ends. Insert it inside the mouth and gently slide it over the tongue.

Brushing teeth

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6) Brushing teeth

Cleans bad breath, cleans tongue, teeth and mouth thus increases palatability.

Twice daily, in the morning and after food.

Nasal drops

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5) Nasal drops

If used daily it strengthens eyes, nose, and ears. Hair do not fall or grey. Disease like ‘cervical pain, headache, palsy, lock jaw, nose block, migraine, vertigo subsides. Scalp strengthens due to this oil. Lusterful face, voice becomes stable, lovable. All five sense organs get strength. Disease of head and neck does not occur easily and effect of old age is reduced.
Due to this skin, shoulder, neck, face, chest becomes beautiful. Mouth always remains fresh.

Take ‘anu taila’ – the nasal drops once in a day anytime. But take care not to sleep 2 hours after its administration.

Take head low position Lift the tip of the nose and pour ‘anu taila’ 1 to 2 drops in each nostril.
After the procedure the person should lie in the same position for 3 min.

In should not be done if the person is suffering from nasal infections or immediately after alcohol intake. 

Dhoom (ayurvedic fumes for head)

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4) Dhoom (ayurvedic fumes for head)
Regular practice helps to relive heaviness of head, blocked nose, migraine, ear ache, eye pain, cough, hiccups, breathlessness, throat infections, weak teeth, eye and ear problems, foul odor from nose, halitosis, tooth ache, loss of appetite, lock jaw, spasm in neck, itching , salivation from mouth, bad voice, uvulitis, hair fall ,baldness, sneezing, lethargy, blocked brain, excess sleeping habits.
Dhoom if correctly done following effects are seen-
Heart, throat, and other organs get purified. Lightness in head is felt due to reduction of ‘dosha’.

Healthy person can do it twice a day. Preferably
·       After bath
·       After food
·       After vamana
·       After sneezing
·       After brushing teeth
·       After nasal drop
·       After Anjana
·       After waking up

Dhoom should be done only after 18 years of age.

Each time 3 snuff should be made for 3 times.
A person should always release smoke from mouth only. (Release of smoke from opposite direction may cause weakness of eyesight).
While having Dhoom sit straight, look forward, concentrate on Dhoom, close one nostril and inhale from the other.

Fix the ayurvedic stick into the ‘Dhoom netra’ (pipe) and burn it from other side.

Dhoom netra (pipe)
The length of pipe should be 36 fingers because at this length the force of smoke is less and it does not harm the sense organs.

Contra indication
It is contradicted immediately after purgation and after enema. In bleeding disorders, poisoning , sad, pregnant, tired and unconsciousness, in pitta aggravation, sleepless night, vertigo, thirst, weak persons, after having alcohol, milk, oil, honey, curd, person of vata prakriti’, during anger, head injury, headache, diabetic person.

Anjana (Eye care)

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3) Anjana (Eye care)
For the protection of eyes ‘Anjana’ should be applied daily after waking up because this has nourishing properties.
If applied regularly vision become clear, eye lashes become thick long and dark.

Method of application
Lift and open the upper eyelid and apply the Anjana on the lower margin of eye lid where the eye lashes are attached.
This drug should not be less, more, thick, thin, strong, soft. It should not be applied to hastily or too slowly. Make sure that hand do not shake while applying and nor the eyes rolls .Do not apply too much pressure while applying
After application close your eyes and roll the eyeballs so that the drug gets spread all over. If there is watering of eyes do not wash immediately, hold until it stops itself. If stopped earlier it may not clear the eyes of ‘dosha’ (toxins).

 An Anjana named ‘Souveer’ is used for this purpose.

After food, bath, vomiting, tiring journey, sleepless night, fever and eye infections. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

agni / metabolism in ayurveda / digestion according to ayurveda part 1

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agni / metabolism in ayurveda / digestion according to ayurveda  part 1

agni / metabolism in ayurveda / digestion according to ayurveda

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continued.. ( part 2)   agni / metabolism in ayurveda / digestion according to ayurveda

Thursday, August 16, 2012

wake up and toilet habits

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1) Wake up

One should wake up 48 min (i.e. one muhoort) before the sunrise. It helps to protect the health and is good for longevity.

2) Toilet habits

As and when the urge of defecation or urination comes one should immediately void them.

One should not hold the urge or do some other work at that time because it may cause some disease which may be fatal at times. Detail of which will be discussed later.

Daily routine for longevity with health

Daily routine  / dinacharya – according to ayurveda                                                                 
1.     Wake up                                                                     
2.     Toilet habit                                                                 
3.     Anjana                                                                        
4.     Dhoom                                                                        
5.     Nasal drops                                                               
6.     Brushing teeth                                                              
7.     Tongue cleaning                                                        
8.     Mouth freshener                                                        
9.     Gandusha                                                                      
   10. Head oil                                                                         
   11. Ear drops                                                                        
   12. Massage                                                                          
   13. Foot massage                                                                 
   14. Exercise                                                                        
   15. Scrubbing                                                                               
   16. Bath                                                                            
   17. Clothing’s, etc.                                                           
   18. Kshaur Karma                                                             
   19. Auspicious works                                                          
   20. Cleaning hand, foot & face                                           
   21. Food                                                                           
   22. Putting on shoes, etc.                                                   
   23. Daily works                                                                
   24. Sex                                                                                    
   25. Dinner                                                                              
   26. Sleep                      

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Agni, being one of the pancha mahabhoota, has the characteristic that it cannot exist without a base. In the body it exists in pitta dosha.
Agni or Pachak Pitta is basically a transformational energy, which transforms one thing to another form.

Agni is responsible for the following functions:
  • Digestion - indigestion
  • Vision- absence of vision
  • Degree of heat
  • Normal -abnormal complexion
  • Prowess- fear
  • Anger - exhilaration
  • Confusion- clarity of mind
For the metabolic processes in the body, there are three levels of digestion, done by following agnis, represented as “Pachak Pitta” Viz.

1.   Jatharagni or Koshthagni
2.   Dhatvagnis
3.   Panchabhutagnis

Jatharagni or Koshthagni: 
Present in the Gastro- Intestinal Tract, is responsible for the digestion of nutritious substances during this process.
The process of digestion by jathar agni is divided in two stages,
1.   Awstha Paka
2.   Vipaka

Awastha paka and can be divided in the following steps –

1st step of digestion is “Amavstha / Madhuravastha Paka – which takes place from mouth to stomach.
2nd step of digestion is “Pachymanavastha / Amlavstha Paka – which takes place from duodenum to jejunum.
3rd step of digestion is “Pakavstha / Katuavstha Paka – which takes place from ileum to large intestine
The change in the taste of the digested food is temporary thus termed as “Awastha Paka”.

Vipaka -
At the end of the digestion the digested food have their original rasa (taste) which is in accordance with the rasa (taste) of the ingested food. This is called as Nistha paka. It is also called popularly as Vipaka.

If original taste of food is Madhur rasa (Sweet) & Lavan rasa (Salty); the food will have Madhura Vipaka (sweeter taste of final digested product of Jathar agni).
If original taste of food is Amla rasa (sour), the food will have Amla vipaka (sour taste of final digested product of Jathar agni).
If original taste of food is Katu, Tikta & Kashaya rasa (chilli, bitter and astringent), the food will have Katu vipaka (chilli taste of final digested product of Jathar agni).

There are seven types of dhatus each having its own peculiar dhatu agni, which helps each dhatu to transform into the “saar” part and eliminating the “kitta”.
This saar part of the dhatu determines the strength or immunity of the body for the particular dhatu known as “Dhatu Saarta”.
When this saar part is to its fullest, it goes further to nourish the subsidiary dhatus called as the “Upa dhatus”. Each dhatu has its own defined upa dhatu which it can nourish.
(For details Please refer to the chart.)


In ayurveda it is believed that everything is made up of five elements and so is the any bodily part. These five elements are the panch mahabhoota and are responsible for constituting every living being in the world

The panch mahabhuta agni acts on all the products of digestion, weather it may be “saar” part or “Kitta” part.
At this level of digestion, the waste, by products is called as “Sukshma Mala”. These “sukshma mala” (micro waste) are excreted from the body along with the “kitta” part, rest is reabsorbed by the body.

Thus the digestion or transformation of food is complete in human body.

Kitta is the byproduct of digestion. It is not completely a waste. Bhuta agni or specifically “mala Agni” acts on these substances and reabsorb the left over nutrition, if any.
This is the useful part for the body and is used to form the structural component of the body i.e. Dhatus or Upa dhatus.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


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Tri-doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) govern creation, maintenance and destruction of bodily tissues as well as the assimilation and elimination. Each person is born with a unique combination of these doshas which decides their basic/genetic constitution called Prakriti.
The term Prakriti is a Sanskrit word that means, "Nature," "creativity," or "the first creation."

Importance of knowledge of one’s own prakriti
ü  Understanding of each person's Prakriti is important for deciding their personal diet and exercise pattern, supplements and medicinal herbs.
ü  Recognizing, the cleansing and rebuilding, therapies of Panchkarma that is right for them as these are among the chief methods which ayurveda employs for the maintenance and restoration of health.
ü  It recognizes the unique constitutional differences of all individuals and therefore recommends different regimens for different types of people. Although two people may appear to have the same outward symptoms, but their Prakriti may be very different and therefore call for very different remedies.
ü  Prakriti can be used to understand human life and on the basis of this, an individual is able to understand him/herself better and able to live according to his/her ‘nature, thus carving out a more appropriate life for him/herself.
ü  To choose the perfect partner in marital affairs
ü  To choose an appropriate profession / occupation
ü  Disease susceptibility and Prakriti - a person can be more prone to diseases that are caused by the very same dosha of his prakriti. It is also described in ayurveda that vata prakriti persons are more prone to diseases

Concept of Prakriti and Vikriti
According to Ayurveda, your basic constitution is determined at the time of conception. This constitution is called Prakriti. One of the very important concepts of Ayurveda is that one's basic constitution is fixed throughout his lifetime. The combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that was present in the individual at the time of conception is maintained throughout his lifetime. This is your base point. Notice that different persons can have different combination of Vata, Pitta and kapha as their basic constitution or Prakriti. This is how Ayurveda can explain the subtle differences between individuals and explains why everyone is unique and that two persons can react very differently when exposed to the same environment or stimuli. Your Prakriti is unique to you just as your fingerprint and DNA. Thus, in order to understand a person, it is necessary to determine his or her Prakriti.
Ideally, your constitution remains fixed throughout your life. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Every person is subjected to the constant interaction with his or her environment which will affect the person's constitution at any time. The body will try to maintain a dynamic equilibrium or balance with the environment. Your current condition is called your Vikriti. Although it reflects your ability to adjust to life's influences and is always changing, it should match your Prakriti, or inborn constitution, as closely as possible. If the current proportion of your doshas differs significantly from your constitutional proportion, it indicates imbalances, which in turn can lead to illness. Farther your Vikriti is from your Prakriti, more ill you are. Ayurveda teaches that your Vikriti can be changed by means of diet, meditation and exercise so as to approach your Prakriti or the state where you have perfect health.
The concept of Prakriti and Vikriti can be illustrated by reference to our body temperature. When healthy, we maintain an average body temperature of about 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Although, different persons can have different base temperatures, it does not change much so long as the person is healthy. When we go outside on a winter day, our body temperature may go down slightly; but will pick right back up to the normal if we are healthy. Similarly, jogging on a hot day can temporarily raise our body temperature. When we are sick, or catch a cold, our body temperature will go up. This indicates that we are sick or outside our normal base condition. We may take medicine to bring the body temperature back to the normal range. In analogy to Ayurveda, our present temperature may be considered as Vikriti and the difference between the Prakriti (our normal temperature) and Vikriti (our present temperature) can determine whether any medical intervention is required. Just like an allopathic doctor will take your temperature and blood pressure routinely as the first step in diagnosing your condition, Ayurvedic practitioners will determine your Prakriti and Vikriti as the first step in diagnosing your condition.
Hence prior to embarking on a journey to perfect health and longevity, it is important that you understand your Prakriti and Vikriti and determine how far separated these are. Armed with this knowledge, we can map a treatment strategy. This is the basic premise of Ayurveda. 

Factors responsible for prakriti formation

Ø  Predominance of doshas at the time of union of male and female gamete forms the prakriti.
Ø  Nature of the season.
Ø  Condition inside the uterus.
Ø  Food of mother during pregnancy.
Ø  Other regimens adopted by mother during pregnancy

Know your Constitution (Prakriti)

To know more about self, attempt the following questionnaire and know the results of your body constitution which is termed as "PRAKRITI" in Ayurveda.

Base your answers according to your total life experiences, and not just how you feel these past few days.
Every individual has a unique combination of these three doshas.
This questionnaire explains your body constitution physically and mentally both.
Distinctive Features of Vata people

·         Body frame – People with Vata prakriti has light body frame and are usually physically underdeveloped. They may be short or tall but thin and slender. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible.

·         Skin & Hair Type – The vata people usually have brown complexion with dry, rough, cold and cracked skin. They have average to thin hair that is usually dark and dry and may be curly.

·         Eyes – Vata people usually have dark brown or grey colored eyes with thin eyelashes and fewer lusters. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active.

·         Other – Vata people have rough and brittle nails, crooked, large or protruding teeth, and bent and turned-up nose.


Vata people generally have irregular daily routine. The Vata individual is quick moving both physically and in talking. They have variable appetite and digestive efficiency and like sweet, sour and salty tastes and hot drinks. They usually have irregular appetite and thirst; hence experience digestive and mal absorption problems. Vata people have tendency to cold hands and feet and moderate sweating. The urine production is also scarce and the feces are dry, hard and small in quantity. Their sleep is light, interrupted, and fitful and they usually sleep less than the other types. They show dislike for cold climate. They spend high energy in short bursts thus tend to tire easily and to overexert. Sexually such people are easily excitable but quickly satisfied. Vata types tend to be delicate in health, so they may have few or no children.
Behavioral or Psychological

·         Highly imaginative, Creative and filled with ideas.
·         Mental quickness means they quick in learning and grasping new knowledge.
·         They have excitable, lively, fun personality with tendency for swing able moods. When in balance they are full of joy and enthusiastic.
·         They do not like sitting idle, and seek constant action.
·         They have little willpower and possess little tolerance, confidence or boldness.
·         Their reasoning power is weak. They have a tendency to act on impulse.
·         These people are fearful, anxious, and insecure. Fears of darkness, heights and enclosed spaces are common with them.
·         Their memory is not very good and they are quick to forget the learned knowledge.
·         These people are restless and often have disjointed thoughts.
·         When out of balance they respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety.
·         They have a tendency to change and may often move furniture or residence to keep from feeling bored.
·         They are quick to earn money but spend it on trifles and have difficulty saving.

Probable health problems for vata prakriti
Vata regulates some of the basic functions of human body. Hence the imbalance in vata can cause several minor or major health problems including headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual dys-functions, arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.

General Tips on Health and Wellness for Vata Types
When in balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility and general well being of body and mind, when run out of balance; vata produces fear and anxiety along with several health ailments. To keep vata in balance one should be acquainted with the causes and factors that can influence vata dosha and also the ways to regulate them.
The Vata people usually have irregular habits of eating and sleeping but this is the most important thing for them to do. When Vata is out of balance this may feel almost impossible, but all the people with a Vata body type should make an effort to establish a regular routine.
You should include relaxed and moderate kind of exercises in their routine. Yoga, meditation, walking, swimming are good for them. But you should avoid exhausting, competitive and frantic activities.
To maintain vata balance one should rest sufficiently, and choose foods, behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental circumstances that can set positive influences on vata. It is also important to regulate mental and physical impulses and to modify mental attitudes, emotional states, and behaviors in supportive ways. Try to associate with people who are calmly purposeful.
Vata people need to keep warm thus they should avoid staying out in cold weather and having cold food. Steam baths, humidifiers and moisture in general are beneficial for them. Daily oil massage before the shower or bath is also advisable.  
Vata prakriti people should consume warm, moist, slightly oily and heavy food and should avoid cold and raw food. Optimum meal times for vata people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 4 p.m. and a full dinner at 6 p.m.

Vata people should go to bed by 10 p.m. since they need more rest than the other types.
The colors that correspond well with the Vata dosha are warm and gentle such as yellow, ochre, and brown. So vata people should include these colors in their wardrobes and homes as well.
People having vata constitution should wear Amethyst as this stone associate well with Vata dosha and drive positive influences.
If your basic constitution is mixed like vata-pitta or vata-kapha, then you should include portion for the second influential dosha.

A Food Plan to Balance Vata Dosha
Since vata is a cold dry dosha; warm, nourishing foods are good to balance Vata. You should include in your diet the food that is warm, moderately heavy, slightly oily (garnished with butter and fat), sweet, soothing and satisfying. All such foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Food items such as warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, fresh baked bread, ripe fruits, and salted nuts are good for vata. Breakfast is very important for vata people. You can add hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat, any warm, milky, and sweet food item in your breakfast. Vata person should avoid high caffeine drinks instead of them they can opt herbal teas. Spicy, Mexican or Indian foods that are cooked in oil also good for vata people. On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and greens are not very good for persons with vata imbalance. They should avoid eating candies, dry fruits, and unripe fruits.

List of Favorable Food Items for Vata Prakriti
green beans
onions, cooked
onions, cooked
sweet potato
leafy greens in moderation

Sweet fruits
fresh figs
sweet melons
sour oranges
sour fruits
Stewed fruits
Sweet, well-ripened fruit in general

Rice, wheat, quinoa, oats, amaranth, all cooked until tender

Whole milk, cream, butter, fresh yogurt (cooked into foods), lassi, cottage cheese, fresh paneer cheese

seafood, in general
All in small quantity

All oils are acceptable
Ghee, olive oil, sesame oil, cold-pressed nut oils such as walnut

Almond Milk
Apple Cider
Apricot Juice
Berry Juice (except for cranberry)
Carrot Juice
Chai (hot spiced milk)
Cherry Juice
Grapefruit Juice
Mango Juice
Orange Juice
Papaya Juice
Peach Nectar
Pineapple Juice
Rice Milk
Sour Juices
Soy Milk (hot & well-spiced)

Almonds (soaked and blanched), cashews, walnuts (soaked), pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans (soaked), pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.

Ajwain, dried ginger, asafetida (hing) in small quantities, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, clove, cardamom, coriander, fennel, black pepper, basil, Chinese cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard seed, mint, rosemary, thyme, lemon and orange zest, oregano, rock salt or sea salt, black salt, dried mango powder, pomegranate seeds or powder
List of Unfavorable Food Items for Vata Prakriti
leafy green vegetables

Apples (raw)
Dates (dry)
Figs (dry)
Prunes (dry)
Raisins (dry)
Unripe fruits, especially bananas.

dry oats
Rice Cakes
Wheat Bran

Cow’s Milk (powdered)
Goat’s Milk (powdered)
Yogurt (plain, frozen or with fruits)

Red meat


Apple Juice
Black Tea
Caffeinated Beverages
Carbonated Drinks
Chocolate Milk
Cold Dairy Drinks
Cranberry Juice
Ice Cold Drinks
Mixed Vegetable juice
Pear Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Prune Juice
Soy Milk (cold)
Tomato Juice
No restriction.


Distinctive Features of Pitta people

·         Body Frame – Pitta prakriti people have light to medium body frame with well-built physique and medium height. Their chests are not very flat and they show a medium prominence of veins and muscle tendons. 

·         Skin & Hair Type – The pitta person may have coppery, yellowish, reddish or fair complexion with fair or reddish, fine, soft, shiny, warm skin. The hair may be fine red, fair or dark brown in color and straight or thinning, shiny, fine and silky in texture.

·         Eyes – Pitta people have distinct, bright eyes that are usually blue, grey or hazel in colour. 

·         Teeth – Pitta people may have sharp but yellowish teeth with soft and, at times, bleeding gums. 

·         Other – Pitta person has heart-shaped face with tapering chin and pointed nose that is sharp and tends to be reddish at tip. The nails are usually soft.

Pitta people usually have a sensitive and reactive body with a medium frame and weight. They usually keep in shape as they rarely gain or lose much weight.
Pitta constituent people usually have strong metabolism, good digestive fire and strong appetites. Thus they usually take large quantities of food and liquid at a time and often get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal.
Pitta type people have a natural longing for sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks.
Pitta people usually have average or medium sleep but keep fresh and active, as their sleep is sound and uninterrupted.
Pitta is a fire element, thus people with pitta constitution tend to have higher body temperature with warm hands and feet. They do not feel comfortable in sunlight heat or hot weather as heat makes them tired.
Pitta people do not like hard work as well as they also have a tendency toward excessive perspiration.
Pitta people produce a large volume of urine and the feces are yellowish, liquid, soft and plentiful.
These people also show tendency toward grey hair with thinning hairline or baldness.
Pitta prakriti people are passionate and romantic and sexually have more vigor and endurance than Vatas, but less than Kaphas.

Behavioral or Psychological

·         Pitta people have sharp mind and superior memory hence they boast outstanding learning, understanding and concentrating powers. 
·         These people are orderly, focused, assertive and entrepreneurial by nature. 
·         Pitta people have inborn leadership skills with good comprehension power, focused vision and blessed wisdom. They are usually good public speakers and also capable of sharp, sarcastic, cutting speech. They have a desire to spread their name and fame all over. 
·         They have natural fondness for noble professions and often make large amounts of money.  They like to spend on luxurious items like perfume and jewelry. 
·         Pitta people appreciate material prosperity and they tend to be moderately well off financially. They enjoy exhibiting their wealth and luxurious possessions and like to surround themselves with beautiful objects.
·         Pitta person is often stubborn, pushy, prejudiced, and authoritarian. 
·         They have emotional tendencies toward hate, anger and jealousy. 
·         Pitta people become commanding, irritated, angry, aggressive, demanding, assertive when out of balance. 
·         Pitta people usually show extremist behavior and never yield an inch from their principles.
·         They can be judgmental, critical and perfectionist, and tend to become angry easily. 
·         Pitta person is subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger.

Probable Health Problems for pitta prakriti
Pitta is an element of fire hence any imbalance in pitta usually causes fevers, inflammatory diseases, acidity, ulcers, rashes, digestive problem etc. It can also cause loss of strength, heart problems, skin problems, jaundice and hair problems.
Some distinctive physical problems faced by pitta people include rashes or inflammations of the skin, sunburns, acne, boils, skin cancer, sensitive and burning eyes, hair loss, premature graying of hair and baldness.

General Tips on Health and Wellness for Pitta
When in balance, pitta promotes intelligence and understanding but when disturbed or imbalanced it produces anger and jealousy. To ensure sound and healthy living one should be aware with the causes and factors that can influence pitta dosha and also the ways to regulate them.
It is very important for Pitta people that they lead a pure and moderate life and try to keep cool. Pitta is a fire element; hence to balance it one should avoid excessive heat, oily, steamy and salty food, rigorous exercises that increase body heat, etc. Such people should opt for foods, attitudes, behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental conditions that can be instrumental in balancing pitta.
They should take food that is sweet, bitter, and astringent because these tastes decrease pitta influences, do exercise during the cooler part of the day, and do things that cool the mind, avoid conflicts and choose cool climates. On behavioral front developing the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control also help in balancing pitta dosha.

Pitta prakriti people should do meditation as it helps to control negative thoughts and calm mind and body. Optimum meal times for pitta people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 3 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
The pitta people should use colors that are cool and calm, for example, blues and greens. These colors provide a soothing effect and help to control pitta. The stone should be worn by pitta people is Moonstone as this stone associate well with pitta dosha and drive positive influences.

A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha
Pitta is related with fire and control digestion and metabolism, body temperature, and biological transformations in the body. Usually Pitta people have strong efficient digestion, they can generally eat just about everything but they should include cool  or warm food in their diet with less butter and added fat. Excessive use of salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and overeating are the main causes that trouble pitta so such food items should be reduced, instead starchy foods such as vegetables, grains and beans, salad, milk and ice cream should be included in the diet.
Alcoholic and fermented foods should also be avoided. Pitta person should not take coffee also as the acid in the coffee is also pitta aggravating, instead they can have herb teas like mint, licorice root or other that pacify pitta.
If your basic constitution is mixed like pitta-vata or pitta-kapha, then you should include portion for the second influential dosha.

List of favorable food items for Pitta Prakriti
Brussels sprouts
Green beans
Green (sweet) peppers
Leafy green vegetables
Sweet potatoes

Dark grapes

White rice (prefer basmati rice)

Egg whites
Ghee (clarified butter )- unless you are watching cholesterol
Ice cream

(All in small amounts)


Almond milk
aloe vera juice
apple juice apricot juice berry juice (sweet) black tea carob
chai (hot, spiced milk)* cherry juice (sweet)
cool dairy drinks
grain "coffee" grape juice
mango juice mixed veg. juice orange juice
peach nectar pomegranate juice prune juice pear juice rice milk soy milk vegetable bouillon
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds

Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are OK
Cilantro(green coriander)
Coriander seed
Plus small amounts of cumin and black pepper

List of unfavorable food items for Pitta Prakriti
Hot peppers

Cherries (sour)

Brown rice

Egg yolks
Sour cream

Red meat and sea food in general )


Apple cider berry juice (sour) caffeinated beverages carbonated drinks carrot juice cherry juice (sour) chocolate milk
coffee cranberry juice grapefruit juice
iced tea
iced drinks lemonade papaya juice tomato juice sour juices
All, except mentioned above

All pungent herbs and spices, except as noted. Take only the minimal amounts of the following:
Barbecue sauce
Sour salad dressings
Spicy condiments

Distinctive Features of Kapha people 

·         Body Frame – Kapha prakriti people usually have strong and large body frame with heavy bones and muscles. Their chests are expanded and broad. Their veins and tendons are not obvious because of their thick skin but the muscle development is good. The bones are not prominent.

·         Skin & Hair Type - Kapha people generally have fair and bright complexion with lustrous, oily and smooth skin that can be cold and pale. Their hair can be thick, dark, soft, curly or wavy. 

·         Eyes - Eyes are prominent feature of kapha people. They usually have large and attractive eyes.  The eyes are dense and black or blue in color and the white of the eye is generally very white and beautiful. 

·         Teeth – Kapha people generally have strong and white teeth. 

When in balance kapha people enjoy excellent health with strong immune system. Kapha people have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring, non explosive.
Kapha people have a tendency to gain weight as they have slow digestion and metabolism. They also face great difficulty in shedding weight because they are slow movers. They walk and talk slowly, have steady appetite and thirst with slow metabolism and digestion.
Kapha people enjoy sound and prolonged sleep. They feel cloudy and foggy in the morning and often desire tea/coffee as a stimulant to start the day.
Their perspiration is moderate.
Kapha people have dislike for cold and damp weather as they are more prone to colds, congestion and cough problem. Kapha people are also sluggish and loves sitting, sleeping and doing nothing.
Such people are usually slow to anger; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings. They have soft pleasing look with attributes such as love, care, compassion, kindness and forgiveness.
Kapha people have craving for sweets and sweet taste helps them to stimulate sperm formation and increase the quantity of semen.
Sexually Kaphas are the slowest to be aroused, but they also have the most endurance.

Behavioral or Psychological 

·         Kapha people hold exceptional long-term memory. 
·         Kapha people have many behavioral virtues like they are easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced, stable, reliable, affectionate and loving, forgiving, compassionate, faithful, gentle and calm. 
·         They usually have calm, steady mind thus do not loss their temper easily. 
·         Kapha people love to hug and are deeply attached in love and relationships. 
·         They have a deep melodious voice and a monotonous pattern of speech. 
·         Kapha people tend to be wealthy as they are good at earning as well as saving the money.
·         Kapha people are slow learner. 
·         They usually have nonjudgmental nature. 
·         They are also slow at comprehension. 
·         If in imbalanced condition kapha people suffer from greed, attachment, possessiveness, and laziness.
Probable Health Problems for Kapha prakriti
Kapha people have a tendency to have diseases related to the water principle. When imbalanced the kapha can cause many minor or major ailments such as the flu, sinus congestion, respiratory problems (including asthma and wheezing), gallbladder problem, hay fever, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention, and allergies.
The main health ailments associated with kapha dosha include diabetes, gallbladder problems, stomach ulcers, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

General Tips on Health and Wellness for Kapha Types 
When in balanced kapha individual enjoys immense physical strength, sound health, and strong immunity with calm and steady mind. Out of balance, kapha produces greed and envy and many health disorders. To keep kapha in balance one need to know the causes and factors (both positive and negative) that can influence it.
Kapha prakriti people have more risk to lethargy, sluggishness, depression, and overweight because their metabolism is slow. To keep oneself fit and healthy kapha person need activity and stimulation.
Daily exercise is more important for them than for any other type. As they are fast to gain weight but slow to reduce, they need rigorous kind of physical exercises to keep their body weight under control.
Meditation can be more intensive for kapha constitutions than for vata or pitta constitutions. They should perform prayer and meditation every day.
Kapha people should avoid heavy, oily foods, dairy and iced drinks; instead they need to include pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes that decrease kapha influences. Food items such as spices, green leafy vegetables, chilies, beans etc. should be included in diet.
Opting foods, mental attitudes, behaviors, exercise routines, relationships and environmental surroundings, which can be instrumental in balancing kapha characteristics, help to stay healthy.
Kapha person should be receptive to useful change and deliberate to implement life-enhancing actions. Indulging in new experiences and activities is also beneficial for them.
Kapha people should avoid daytime naps. Going to bed early and rising early is always beneficial for them.
The corresponding colors of Kapha dosha are bright colors such as red and orange and the favorable stone is Lapis.

A Food Plan to Balance kapha Dosha
Kapha is mainly water element thus influences the heavy, moist aspects of the body. To keep kapha under balance warm, dry, light food cooked with less water and minimum of fat is needed. One should increase the use of pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes. Kapha people should consume limited amount of sugar, oil and salt as well. Lightly cooked vegetables and raw fruits and vegetables are more beneficial for kaphas.
Kapha people usually have a tendency to overeating that should be controlled because it lead to weight gain due to slow digestion.
Any food that is spicy is good for kaphas such as very hot Mexican or Indian food, especially in winter.
For kapha types, breakfast is optional that means you can skip it if you like. If you take breakfast it should be very light. You can have foods such as hot-spiced cider, buckwheat pancakes with apple butter, corn muffins, and bitter cocoa made with skim milk and a touch of honey. The main meal should be at the middle of the day, and only a light, dry meal in the evening is advisable.
To energize yourself in the morning, you can take honey, hot water, lemon juice and ginger. Ginger tea can also be taken.

List of favorable food items for Kapha prakriti
Brussels sprouts
leafy green vegetables

Dried fruits in general are good for kapha. (apricots, figs, prunes, raisins)

oats, dry
basmati rice

Warm skim milk
small amounts of whole milk and eggs (not fried of cooked with butter)

(All in small amounts)

(All in small quantities)

Aloe Vera juice
apple cider apple juice apricot juice berry juice black tea (spiced) carob
carrot juice chai (hot spiced milk) cherry juice (sweet) cranberry juice
grain "coffee" grape juice mango juice peach nectar pear juice
pinapple juice
pomegranate juice
prune juice soy milk
(hot & well-spiced)  
Sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds

All are good. Ginger is especially good for improving digestion


 List of unfavorable Food Items for Kapha Prakriti
Sweet and juicy vegetables, such as:
sweet potatoes

fresh figs
Avoid sweet, sour, or very juicy fruits, in general.

wheat, except in small amounts
Avoid hot cereals and steamed grains, in general, as they are too moist and heavy for kapha.

All, except mentioned above.

Red meat
seafood in general

AAll, except mentioned above.

Almond milk caffeinated beverages carbonated drinks cherry juice (sour) chocolate milk
cold dairy drinks grapefruit juice
iced tea
icy cold drinks lemonade orange juice
papaya juice rice milk
sour juices soy milk (cold)
tomato juice
All, except sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds