TRIDOSHA THEORY (Three Body Humor)

  • Vata: Air and Ether
  • Pitta: Fire
  • Kapha: Water and Earth

“Tri-doshaTheory”-  The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily senses of humor or tridoshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every person contains all three doshas. However, the proportion varies according to the person, and usually, one or two Doshas are predominate. Within each person, the Doshas are regularly interacting with each other and with the Doshas in all of nature.
This explains why human can have much in similar but also have an endless variety of individual characters in the way they behave and respond to their environment.

In Ayurvedic ideology, the five elements associate in pairs to form three dynamic strength or synergy called “doshas”. Dosha means “that which changes.” word taken from the root dus, which is correlative to the English prefix ‘dys’, such as in dystrophy, dysfunction, etc. In this sense, dosha can be the witness as a fault, error, mistake or an infringement against the cosmic rhythm.

The Doshas are continually moving in dynamic balance, one with the others. Doshas are required for life to come into existence. In Ayurveda, dosha is also known as the organizational principles as every living thing in nature is characterized by the dosha.

Prakriti Analysis

Vata: is the air principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous system, brain functions, sensory organs.

Vata deals with Movement Breathing Natural Urges, Transformation of the tissues, Motor functions, Sensory functions, Secretions, Excretions, Fear, Emptiness, Anxiety, Thoughts, Nerve impulses.


Pitta: is the fire principle which uses bile to direct digestion & hence metabolism into the venous system.

Pitta deals with Body heat, Temperature, Digestion, Perception, Understanding, Hunger, Thirst Intelligence, Anger Hate, Jealous.


Kapha: is the water principle which relates to mucous and lubrication and the carrier of nutrients into the arterial system.

Kapha Deals with Stability Energy, Lubrication Forgiveness Greed Attachment Accumulation, Holding Possessiveness.