According to the latest press reports, “a new study has established molecular basis for classification of individuals in accordance with three doshas or constitutional types of the ancient Ayurveda system of medicine.”
According to Ch. Mohan Rao, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Director, “in my opinion, this is a major breakthrough linking our ancient wisdom with modern science”. Further studies could lead to development of new drugs and personalised medicine.
A central doctrine of Ayurveda postulates that human beings consist of three dosha prakriti or primary constitutional types that have been fixed at the time of conception. The three doshas are: Vata (relating to elements of space and air), Pitta (relating to elements of fire and water) and Kapha (elements of water and earth).
Each individual would have different levels of the three doshas, hence the diversity. The physical, mental and behavioural traits are based on these doshas and each person could be classified as belonging to one type or the other if one of the doshas predominates.
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