What do doshas have to do with health?
The balance between the relative levels of each dosha is believed to rise and fall according to the time of day and the seasons as well as your diet and lifestyle factors. Everyone has one or two dominant doshas, however, which determine your constitution, body type and the illnesses to which you are prone.
Unbalanced doshas can lead to ill health and can result from irregular meals, poor diet, working long hours and lack of exercise, for example.
As different foods contain different levels of the three doshas, they are used to normalise dosha imbalances, with different combinations of food recommended to treat different conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and various forms of arthritis. A daily program of meditation, posture control, breathing exercises (pranayama), yoga, hydrotherapy, massage and herbal medicines is also recommended.