The following link will explain more about determining Prakriti: Determining Body Nature or Prakriti in Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Living
In Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Living, the body's nature is called Prakriti.
According to Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Living, Prakriti is inherent in the individual, determined at birth.
Each individual holds a unique composition or portion of the Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Two of the five elements that are predominant will determine Prakriti, which are either:
Vata dosha composition- Air/Vayu and Ether/Akash predominance.
Descriptors- promotes mobility or movement of the body, physiological and psychological swiftness and a thin or underweight body type.
Pitta dosha composition- Fire/Agni and Water/Jal predominance.
Descriptors- promotes transformation, digestion, metabolism, hasty temperament, oleaginous skin and a lean and muscular, athletic or moderate weight body type.
Kapha dosha composition- Earth/Prithvi and Water/Jal predominance.
Descriptors- promotes or establishes support in the body, stability, lubrication in the body, a reserved or calm temperament and a curvy, fullness in form or plus-size body type.
Prakriti signifies differences between one individual and another.
Each individual has different physical/physiological and psychological functions.
Once an individual is aware of their body's traits, they are able to better determine their body's type or nature/prakriti. In Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Living, the prior information supports maintaining health and balance, personally and publicly. Also, knowing the prakriti of an individual may assist in evaluation, diagnosis, treatment of dis-ease and dietary practices. The concept or design of Prakriti in Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Living establishes uniqueness from other care or medical systems.
This information is provided for general informational purposes and is not a substitute or definitive to replace physicians' care.