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    February 16, 2011 2 min read

    Free Prakriti assessment available at Lakshmi Ayurveda with any treatment booked in March.

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    The type of body constitution and mental temperament of any individual is known as Prakriti, which is produced by the predominance of one ore more of the three doshas (Vata/Pitta/Kapha). One's Prakriti is acquired at birth and remains with the individual throughout his/her life. A person's doshas will fluctuate throughout their entire life however, their Prakriti remains unchanged.
    Charaka quotes that the prakriti of the foetus is determined by the following factors
    1.Sperm and ovum - shukra and sonita
    2. Season (rtu) and the condition of the uterus
    3. Food and regimes of the mother
    4. Nature of the mahabhutas (elements) comprising the foetus.
    The above factors are all addressed in the Ayurvedic approach to pre conception care

    Once the body is nourished by a healthy diet & lifestyle, general tonics and fertility enhancing herbs can be taken. These herbs can also help offset the effects of stress in today’s busy lifestyles. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a powerful fertility enhancing herb, whose name means ‘she who has a hundred husbands’. Ashwagandha (Withania sominfera) is a highly rejuvenating herb that both promotes semen production and strengthens the uterus. Its name refers to it giving one the strength of a horse, and it acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

    The seven Prakritis are:
    1. Vataja
    2. Pittaja
    3. Kaphaja
    4. Vatapittaja
    5. Vata kaphaja
    6. kapha pittaja
    7. Tridosaja.

    Why it is important to know ones Prakriti?
    You are able to learn which foods are suited for your body.
    You gain an understanding which illnesses your body is more prone to
    You are able to follow a lifestyle suited to your body type
    You can follow a seasonal regime suited to your body type
    You are able to notice any imbalance in the doshas and can learn how you can balance them again

    Health is the condition of wisdom and the signs of happiness
    Charaka Samhita