Ayurveda Body Types

Classical Ayurvedic texts list seven body types. These are Vata, Pitta, Kafa, Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kafa, Vata-Kafa and Vata-Pitta-Kafa. However, each of the three double types exists in two varieties, which differ depending on the predominant dosha. According to Vedic philosophy, everything in nature is composed of 5 elements – space, air, fire, water and earth. The…

Causes and treatment of hypertension according to Ayurveda

In previous articles we explained the doshic causes of hypertension. When for instance Vata dominates in the body, it will accumulate first in its main seat – the colon – or other Vata-sites, such as the nerves. If it’s not balanced, the dosha will have the tendency to spread beyond its normal seat: “vitiation”. In…

Kapha Hypertension

Kapha type hypertension originates in the stomach being the main site of Kapha. When Kapha dosha becomes imbal-anced, it will first aggravate in the stomach – the primary seat of Kapha. Kapha’s subdosha Kledaka Kapha produces in the stomach gastric mucosal secretions that are responsible for the digestion of carbohydrates, starch and glucose. The end…

Pitta Hypertension

It is often believed that hypertension is a typical Pitta-condition, because of Pitta’s fiery nature – however, all three doshas are involved in hypertension. It occurs mainly in persons with a Pitta-type constitution; they can be subject to temper tantrums, impatience, mood swings and anger, and are competitive and often even aggressive (which continuously drives…

Vata Hypertension

From an Ayurvedic point of view, hypertension may also be classified according to the main dosha involved and its site of origin. The main site of Vata is the large intestine. When Vata accumulates, it will accumulate first in the large intestine and from there will be absorbed into the blood. This will increase the…