At Om Prana Medicine, many of our formulas originate in Ayurvedic medicine. The ingredients we use in our herbal teas have been in use for thousands of years.
If you are already knowledgeable in ayurvedic medicine, you understand how beneficial it can be. If you know nothing about it, let me explain.
Ayurveda is an ancient practice for maintaining health and preventing illness. It has been practiced for nearly 5,000 years and originated in India.
It takes a holistic approach to medicine and views the patient as a whole rather than just their symptoms.
Ayurveda teaches that in order to maintain good health, one must balance the elements of nature within.
The elements of nature form three constitutions or doshas.
The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. You likely possess the energies of one of these constitutions more dominantly than the rest. Some have an equal amount of two or even all three.
For example, you may have a majority amount of Pitta and be Pitta dominant. Or perhaps you possess an equal amount of Kapha and Vata energy, therefore you would be Vata-Kapha. If you possess an equal amount of the three, you would be Vata-Pitta-Kapha.
For each dosha, there is a list of foods that are beneficial and a list of foods that are harmful. For example, someone of the Pitta constitution may be sensitive to spicy foods but naturally enjoys sweeter foods.
There are also psychological and physical aspects that are dictated by your dosha.
For example, people of the Kapha dosha tend to have rounder features and larger frames.
Also, people of the Vata dosha tend to overanalyze and may be more prone to anxiety.
Understanding which constitution you most identify with gives you an idea of what foods agree and don't agree with your body.
It can also give you an idea of what diseases you are more likely to develop over time and how to prevent them.
If you already know your dosha or just wish to learn about them, click on your dosha below.