Throughout history, fashion designers, stylists and admirers of feminine beauty have tried to define the archetype of the ideal woman.

Some preferred the “maternal” type full of vitality, tender, ready for self-sacrifice and with big chest.

Others like the “restless” type with firm features, daring and clearly defined breasts.

Finally came the “ethereal” woman, with a fragile, slender body, delicate chest. It degenerated into the contemporary trend of the anorexic woman, with almost transparent body and lost look on her face. This latter lacks harmony and moreover, indicates a psychic and behaviorist deviation.

This trend drove many women into fierce starvation. Unfortunately, this regime led to the ruin of both their physical condition and mental sanity.

Women should be aware that every woman has a certain fundamental type, genetically inscribed in her genetic heritage. This cannot be changed by any drastic diet. Each type has got its own charm and beauty, of which we must be aware.

However, it is possible that you to gain the qualities of another fundamental type if you know and apply certain methods, so that the transformation is efficient and long lasting.

The differences between these fundamental types occur at physical, psychic and mental levels. By noticing these differences the practitioner of traditional medicine, the homeopaths and the psychologists have tried to decipher the fundamental fundamental types.

This kind of classification is more and more popular nowadays. It brings down the idea that people are different because of what they are eating or because of their IQ.

In the following, we will introduce to you the three fundamental types according to the AYURVEDA traditional medical system.

The main reason for our choice is the fact it has been used for thousands of years, and its validity is unquestionable. Obviously, time was the most important test of the system’s validity.

You will find out the characteristics of the three fundamental types, with stress on the main physical, psychic and mental specific traits of each type.

We will give here the original Sanskrit names for each type, trying to relate the aspects with their characteristic manifestations.


In order to define the fundamental types as well as the complex psychical and energetic interactions that determine the great variety within the human race, AYURVEDIC science has tried (and succeeded) to discover the “bricks” lying at the foundation of our being.

Thousands of years ago the AYURVEDIC therapists discovered that there are three essential structures, three subtle vital forces that lie in every human being.

The thing that determines the difference is the quantity in which they combine. To have a better understanding of the AYURVEDIC principles, indulge us in a short analogy.

It is about the way the pictures appear on a color TV set. If we look very closely and carefully the TV screen, the pictures that seemed clear from the distance are in fact made of an infinity of small dots that “light up” at different intensities.

Usually, there are three very small colored dots in each group (generally their color is red, green and blue – RGB). When they light up at different intensities, they form a certain shape or color specific to the visible spectrum. And our eyes perceive these dots as clear pictures.

Accordingly, the AYURVEDIC medical system states that our being is made up of the combination of the three subtle forces. By combining in different proportions, they form the various “forms and colours” of our body, soul and mind.

What AYURVEDA defines as fundamental type is, as stated before, a combination of the three primary subtle and vital forces, in Sanskrit – DOSHA.

Knowing, even approximately, their specific proportions, one may understand the uniqueness, tendencies and predisposition of a person. Moreover, one may deduce the response to a certain treatment, as well as the directions to be followed in life, etc.

In case one of the three DOSHAS is substantially in greater quantity than the others we will refer to it using the term “pure fundamental type” (or simply “the KAPHA type”, “the PITTA type” and “the VATA type”).

Otherwise we’ll refer to mixed fundamental types, made of combinations of the three DOSHAS, in different proportions.

Our intention is to offer you objective, precise landmarks so that you may be able to identify the manifestations of the three DOSHAS.

In the following, we will use the original Sanskrit name of the DOSHASKAPHA DOSHA, PITTA DOSHA and VATA DOSHA.