Pitta Kapha Dosha


The Three Dosha & Our Prakruti or Ayurvedic Constitution

Last week, we talked about the dual-dosha of Vata Pitta Dosha. Today we are going to discuss the dual-dosha of Pitta Kapha Dosha. Each one of us has our own unique makeup of the three dosha of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. There are 10 different Prakruti combinations or dosha types. Roughly 75% of people are dual-doshic, 20% are mono-doshic, and 5% are tri-doshic. Therefore the majority of people are going to be dual-doshic. There is a good chance that you are as well. It can be confusing to try to reconcile conflicting recommendations and treatment protocols for the different dosha.

Pitta Kapha Dosha

When someone is told by an Ayurvedic professional that they are a Pitta Kapha dosha, they are telling you that you have an equal or almost equal predominance of Pitta and of Kapha dosha. Each one of us has all three dosha in our bodies, it is just our unique combination that differentiates us. In fact, every person is completely different and no treatment protocol would ever be the same for any two people.

Oftentimes when we are a dual-doshic person, we will have a primary dosha and a secondary dosha. It is important to take notice of how it is written; is it pitta/kapha or kapha/pitta. If it is written as pitta/kapha or pitta kapha, then your primary dosha is pitta and your secondary dosha is kapha and vis versa with kapha/pitta or kapha pitta, your primary dosha is kapha and your secondary dosha is pitta.

When we have a primary and a close secondary dosha, the treatment protocols will generally focus on the primary dosha while not recommending anything that would be too harsh or aggravating for the secondary dosha. A person’s vikruti or their current imbalances will also impact the Ayurvedic guidelines a person should follow. It is always best to schedule an Ayurvedic Consultation with an Ayurvedic professional before beginning any Ayurvedic treatments. This way you have the most holistic and comprehensive approach.

There are others that feel that dual-doshic types are complicated to treat since any efforts to balance one dosha could aggravate another. Because of this some people feel that it is best to try and raise the third dosha or the one that is too low, so a pitta/kapha or a kapha/pitta individual should try to increase vata or the air element.

Pitta Kapha Dosha Characteristics

Pitta Kapha people share characteristics of both dosha. For example, the body type of a pitta person is muscular and athletic while a kapha person is solid and well-developed. A pitta kapha person will usually be solid and muscular. Kapha’s high immunity and pitta’s high metabolism generally creates good health in a pitta kapha person. Pitta and kapha share the qualities of liquid/flowing, this makes a pitta kapha person very adaptable and able to adjust to new situations easily. Pitta kapha people often do very well in their careers and are able to sustain higher levels of energy due to kapha’s endurance and pitta’s drive and ambition. Pitta and kapha also share the qualities of oiliness/unctuousness. This manifests as oily skin and hair in both pitta and kapha people. Pitta and kapha are both pacified by the bitter and astringent tastes, so bitter and/or astringent foods are beneficial for a pitta kapha person.

Oftentimes a pitta kapha person will have the positive and negative mental characteristics of each dosha so their manas prakruti or mind constitutional type and manas vikruti or imbalances in the mind will change from pitta to kapha and vis versa. When a pitta person is stressed, they often respond with emotions of anger, judgment and agitation while a kapha person will respond with attachment, greed and withdrawing. A pitta kapha person will experience both of these sets of emotions; however, kapha likes to maintain stability in their minds, so this can cool many of the fiery emotions of pitta. These combined qualities can also lead a pitta kapha person to become overly confident and unable to hear criticism or value the input of others. Balance this with vata qualities of dryness like meditation, bhakti yoga, and journaling.

Pitta digestion is called tikshna agni or sharp digestion while kapha digestion is called manda agni or slow/dull digestion. Because of this a pitta kapha person will usually have sama agni or regular agni. We will discuss in a later post about the pitta kapha dosha diet, but stay tuned for next weeks post where we talk about the dual-doshic type of vata kapha.