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Ayurvedic: A Comprehensive System of Medicine in India

Vata types have a fluctuating energy level.

The pitta energy is associated with the elements of fire and water, and it controls digestion, absorption, nutrition, and body temperature ("Ayurvedic" 2001; Lad 64). The pitta body type person is of medium build, with fair, thin hair and warm, ruddy, perspiring skin, and they often have red hair and freckles. They are well-proportioned, and easily maintain their weight. The pitta type is quick, articulate, witty, and intelligent, and has a short, explosive temper. They are orderly and efficient, eat and sleep regularly, are perfectionists, and often suffer from hemorrhoids, acne, ulcers, and stomach ailments.

The third type is the kapha type, comprised of the energy of lubrication, and made up of earth and water ("Ayurvedic" 2001; Lad 65). Kapha types tend to be heavy-set, strong types, with thick, wavy hair and cool, thick, pale, oily skin. Kapha types have a tendency to be overweight and have a slow digestion. Everything about the kapha type is slow - they are slow to anger, slow to eat, slow to act - and they sleep heavily and for a long time. They are obstinate and tend to procrastinate. The kapha type tends to suffer from allergies, sinus problems, and high cholesterol. In general, they are slow, graceful, relaxed, affectionate, forgiving, and tolerant.

Diagnosis in Ayurvedic medicine is done mostly through observation of general physical form and questioning regarding family history, palpation of the body, examination of the eyes, attention to the tone of the voice, listening to the heart, longs, and intestines, and inference ("Ayurvedic" 2001; Lad 67). Ayurvedic doctors describe three types of pulses corresponding to the three body types, and can recognize 12 radial pulses, six on each wrist. By relating these pulses to internal organs, the Ayurvedic doctor can diagnose the health of the organs at each of 12 sites. The tongue is examined, and its color and sensi...

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