Test Your Constitution or Dosha

A self-assessment chart will enable you to determine your unique constitution according to Ayurveda.

Please remember this can only provide a rough guideline. The subtleties of each person’s mental, emotional and physical makeup are manifold and can be accurately assessed only by a physician thoroughly trained and experienced in Ayurvedic diagnosis. So please do not draw any absolute conclusions about yourself based on the self-assessment or the descriptions of the doshas, rather use this information to help you grow in self-understanding and as a guide to planning your diet, exercise regimen and other aspects of your lifestyle for maximum health.

It is best to fill out the following self-evaluation twice. First base your choices on what is most consistently true about your life as a whole, over many years. This indicates your prakruti. Then fill it out a second time, considering how you have been feeling recently, in the last month or two. This is your vikruti or present condition.

It can often help if someone who knows you well and may have good insights and objectivity to go through your assessment responses.

After you fill out the chart, add up the number of marks under Vata, pita and Kapha to discover your own balance of the doshas in your prakruti and vikruti. Most people will have one dosha predominant, a few will have two doshas approximately equal, and even fewer will have all three doshas in equal proportion.

To take the test click here.

Notes taken from Vasant Lad – The complete book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies (based on the timeless wisdom of India’s 5,000-year-old medical system.

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