Typically, Vata, Pitta and Kapha alone are less common. Most people are what are called “dual Doshic,” with two doshas sharing a higher percentage proportionally and the seventh with all the doshas in balance which occurs very rarely.
Prakriti cannot be changed. There is no treatment applied to Prakriti. Prakriti is only for understanding the routine or procedures to avoid disease which is referred to as Vikriti or imbalance in Sanskrit.
Vikriti is the imbalance of Doshas coming from our diet, lifestyle, stress levels, seasons, and other environmental factors and activities. It is our current state of imbalance—an imbalance in our natural elemental quality.
Ayurveda states that if the Doshas of the body are not in equilibrium, then a person may suffer from any form of the disease.
In simple words, if an ayurvedic doctor is treating a particular disease of a person, then he is treating the Vikriti of the person.
Indications of Vata Imbalance
- Dry mouth and dry skin
- Short and shallow breathing
- Cold hands and feet
- Inability to sit still and focus
- Excess gas: burping, hiccoughs, etc.
- Anxiety and fear
- Whirling, crowded, and continual stream of thoughts
- Disturbed sleep
Indications of Pitta Imbalance
- Skin problems acne, rash, ulcers
- Irritability and anger
- Heartburn, loose stools, and indigestion
- Increase blood pressure and circulatory problems
- Hot flushes and inflammation
Indications of Kapha Imbalance
- Feel lethargic
- Weight gain and sluggishness
- Slow digestion and low appetite
- Mucus drainage
- Coughs, and sinus headaches
- Sense of inertia
- Lack of motivation
- Allergies and hay fever
- Cysts and other growths
The Ayurvedic Doctor is experienced and knowledgable in all these fundamentals of Ayurveda—Doshas, Prakriti, and. Vikriti—and will ascertain your body type, and imbalance, and prescribe appropriate ayurvedic treatment modalities.