|Posted on Friday, August 09, 2002 - 09:29 pm: |
Is it really possible for someone without a background in ayurveda to determine their own "type" through a questionnaire? I tried several of the online questionnaires and received conflicting responses. Sometimes I was a Pitta-Kapha, other times a Kapha-Pitta (don't know if there is a big difference between the two). It seems to me that there is also the problem that an imbalance may make it appear one has characteristics that, when one is in balance, one does not actually have. Or is this not the case? From what I can tell, I have a kapha body and a pitta mind.
Thanks for any thoughs on these matters.
|Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 02:36 am: |
Excellent question . . . and I am contemplating adding a questionnaire to my site, but it would be expensive to create and perhaps therefore not free.
The biggest "mistake" people make is to confuse constitutional type (prakriti) with doshas (kapha, pitta, and vata). The word "dosha" means "fault" so it is an anomaly. Basically, anyone who has had a nerve cut through surgery or accidents has deranged vata. Add to this exposure to radiation (computers, xrays, etc.) and shocks of various kinds and practically everyone you know will exhibit some problems associated with vata.
Likewise, pitta derangement can be caused by any exposure to toxins. I personally believe that these can be emotional or physical. Moreover, they can be ingested or inhaled or introduced deliberately as with injections of morbid substances, use of chemical preservatives and pharmaceutical drugs, and so on. Almost everyone therefore also has some pitta issues.
Finally, eat sugar or pasta and then comes the kapha. I think kapha is also aggravated by dairy products, antibiotics and hormones in foods and drugs, and truly excessive consumption of preserved and microwaved foods. It's hard to escape so the question really is, "How significant are the problems associated with each dosha?"
Since I'm an astrologer, I determine the constitutional type as well as its tendency to go amuck from the horoscope rather than the questionnaires. The questions only provide additional insight into the medical history. The easiest way I could explain this is that I cannot look at a horoscope and determine who is a smoker and who is not, but I can look at it and tell who would be most susceptible to damage to the lungs. The questionnaires provide the information that one could not otherwise know.
For instance, if someone were very health consciousness, he or she might have most tendencies towards imbalance under control. However, there could be another person without many constitutional weaknesses who is so reckless about diet and exercise and other factors affecting health that only a questionnaire will bring to the surface what is going on at the time of the quiz.
Hope this helps!
|Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 03:53 pm: |
I want to know what does Ayurveda recommend for dinnerware (utensils). I have heard recently that ceramics have a lot of lead that are potentially harmful and FDA has banned a lot of these companies from selling them.Thanks !
|Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 05:50 pm: |
Excellent question. In South India, many people eat off disposable dinnerware: large leaves, but in North India, they generally eat off stainless steel.
What is more interesting than this is that many studies suggest that part of the reason certain epidemics affected lower classes more than upper was not only sanitation and personal hygiene but rather that many wealthy people use silver eating utensils and drinking goblets.
For the record, I know that one bottled water company that sells its water in plastic containers ran fairly extensive chemical tests on both glass and plastic and the glass not only leeched but what it leeched was worse, in their opinion, than the plastic.
God help us!
|Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 06:02 pm: |
Could you recommend me an ayurvedic school of massage in India ? I`ve found many but they`re quite expensive. Warm regards.
|Posted on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 12:26 am: |
Oh, I have no idea. I suspect there must be many all over India, especially in Poona? I am sure you can find them in Sri Lanka as well.
|Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 08:51 am: |
I right now keep my fruit and vegetables in the same bowl on my cupboard and was wondering if there is any reason I shouldn't?