Ayurvedic Medicine: Anti-toxification vs Detoxific
By Scott Gerson • August 18th, 2006 • 17169 Views
Vata Types. Physically, Vata-type individuals are usually thin and angular physiques, love to be on the move, and have curly or frizzy hair. They can be either taller or shorter than average. Their skin has a gray or bluish tone and can have lines around the eyes and mouth. Air people tend to forget things easily, though they are by nature bright and creative. Their flow of energy tends to be unsteady, and they often are attracted to stimulants such as sugar and caffeine, to maintain their energy.
Pitta Types. These individuals are attractive and have medium-sized physiques. Although a redhead definitely has Pitta characteristics, Pitta types may also have blond, light brown, or prematurely gray hair. Pitta types have oily skin and hair. Their skin may have a yellowish or reddish tint to it. Pitta people tend to be ambitious, driven people, comparable to stereotypical Type A personalities of Western psychologists. They tend to be intense and aggressive individuals who are naturally drawn to positions of leadership and responsibility. Indeed, fire types have an affinity for adversity and challenge and often seek it out. They may be prone to abuse alcohol, drugs, and hot spices in an unconscious effort to infuse their lives (and meals) with intensity and flavor.
Kapha Types. Physically, Kapha types tend to have larger and more solid physiques, sometimes with a tendency to be overweight. They often have big eyes and beautiful dark hair. Their skin is generally healthy, with rosy complexions and their teeth are white and straight. Thickly built, water types tend to have a steady supply of energy and an easy-going disposition. Because of a love of food and a tendency towards heaviness, water types benefit from eating lightly and getting plenty of exercise. Unfortunately, water types especially have an affinity for heavy and sweet foods like ice cream, breads and pasta. Kapha types also have a relative aversion to physical exertion, preferring to relax and enjoy life.
Table 2. Characteristics of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Types
Light, thin physique
Tends toward dry skin
Moves and performs activities quickly
Aversion to cold temperature
Quick to grasp new information, also quick to forget
Tendency toward worry and nervousness
Can experience constipation
Light or interrupted sleep
Irregular eating times and habits
Enjoys being active but can tire easily...