Decoding your type, the Ayurvedic way

Submitted by Sudha naidu on 3 Jan 2014 - 15:18

Akin to the existence of unique star and sun signs of an individual depending on his/her birth day, there also exists separate types of ‘health profiles’ depending on something different than just birth dates. The basic types of a person considering the ayurvedic perspective are three in number: vata (wind), pitta (choler or bile) and kapha (phlegm). The ayurvedic experts use the system of an eight fold examination to conclude the type of the health profile of the person:

  • The pulse (nadi): The rate of beating the wrist pulse is used to conclude the pulse qualities. A vata pulse is fast, a pitta pulse is irregular and kapha pulse is slow and steady.


  • The tongues (jivha): Coating and color of the tongue is taken into consideration here. The tongue of a kapha tongue is swollen with greasy white coating, whereas the pitta tongue is red colored and has an oily coating. The tongue of a vata is cracked and dry with no coating.


  • The voice (sabda): Kapha types have deep voices and often have to clear their thoughts. Pitta voices are erratic and may break during speech and vata types have rough, throaty voices.


  • The skin (sparsa): The color and texture of the skin differs in the three types of ‘profiles’. A vata type has a dry, rough and sensitive skin that is cool to touch, the kapha type has moist and cold skin and a pitta has red areas on some parts of the skin that are hot to touch.


  •  Vision (drka): Ayurvedic practitioner checks the white of the eyes to register any visual abnormalities. Vata types have dry and sensitive eyes with dull eye whites. Pitta types feel a burning sensation in their eyes along with presence of yellowed eye whites, and kapha types have heavy, drooping eyeballs and frequently watering eyes.


  • General appearance (aktri): Aktri covers the person’s standing position, galt and posture. Kapha types are slow moving and heavily built, pitta types are strongly built and restless and vata types are thin and wiry and move rapidly.


  • Urine (mootra): Here, the color of urine and frequency of urination is asked to the patient. Generally, a vata has clear and colorless urine, on the contrary, pitta have yellow urine and feeling of burning sensation while urination and kapha types have white and turbulent urine.


  • Stools (mala): A healthy stool is firm and light brown in color. A vata stool is grey colored and dry in nature, a pitta type stool is loose which is yellow, green or dark brown in color and a kapha type stool is slimy and pale in which the bits of undigested food can be seen.


After the conclusions of this eight fold test, the physician takes into the account the results and along with these, the age, physical and mental state, influence by genetic and environmental factors, diet and lifestyle to determine the appropriate type of treatment to be given. In some cases, even astrological birth charts and dreams are noted to conclude the effect of karma or the spirits on the individual.

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.