|The Constitutional Types
The biological humors as the predominant forces in our body become the main factors which
determine our psycho-physical constitution. According to Ayurveda we are not all alike physically nor do
our bodies react in the same way. Each of us is a unique combination
and proportion of the biological humors.
Hence Ayurveda generally divides individuals into three types relative
to the predominance of the three humors in their nature, as Vata, Pitta
or Kapha. From these seven basic types are distinguished, pure Vata,
pure Pitta, pure Kapha, dual Vata-Pitta, dual Pitta-Kapha, dual Kapha-Vata and a balanced, triple
or Vata-Pitta-Kapha type.
Some Ayurvedic doctors give numbers to represent the proportion of Vata, Pitta and Kapha
in the body or in the disease process, like Vata 4, Pitta 2, Kapha 1, showing a high Vata state. But
there is no standard way of doing this and each practitioner may do it