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Dosha Quiz

Determining Which Dosha is Out of Balance


The most important factor that determines your healthiest choices (diet, lifestyle) is an understanding of which of the three are out of balance in your body and mind. This is called your vikruti in Ayurveda. When your vikruti has been restored to a state of balance, you will return to your natural constitution. This is called your prakruti.

Your constitution (prakruti) establishes your tendencies. While it is important to understand your constitution, it is even more important that you understanding your vikruti (current state). In Ayurveda, the choices a person makes is always based on vikruti first and prakruti second.


The worksheet /quiz below will help you to determine the state of your doshas. Note each symptom that you experience. Give the symptom 1 point if it is mild, 2 points if it is moderate and 3 points if it is severe. Then add up the numbers in each column. The dosha with the highest number indicates your primary doshic imbalance. If the number in two columns are close, you have a dual dosha imbalance. If all three numbers are close, you have a tridosha imbalance.

Please note that any online dosha quiz has limitations. Nothing can replace an evaluation by a competent practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine. This online quiz however will give you are an excellent head start as you begin your journey to take optimum care of yourself.

This quiz was adapted from the book: Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda by Dr. Marc Halpern.


Vata points


Pitta points


Kapha points

Distended abdomen

Burning indigestion

Little appetite

Gas without much smell

Strong smelling gas

Sluggish digestion. Abdomen feels heavy.


Loose stools

Mucus in stools

Dry skin or mild acne with black heads.

Reddened skin, rashes or red acne

Large pustules or cysts. Cystic acne

Does not like cold temperatures

Does not do well in the heat

Water retention and swelling

Cramping, shooting electrical or chronic pain

Burning or searing pains in the body

Dull, achy pain

Weak bones (osteoporosis), joint pains or fragile nails

Red or burning eyes

Excess eye excretions

Spotty hair loss

Inflammation in body

Muscle heaviness

Tremors, tics and twitches

Infections anywhere in the body

Benign tumors and cysts

Infertility due to weakness of the egg or sperm

Infertility due to past infections

Irregular and/or spotty menses

Heavy menses

Extended menses

Anxiety, worry or overwhelm

Loss of patience, demanding

Melancholy, quieter than usual

Increased rambling in the voice

Sharp, intense or angry words

Speaks very slowly, hard to find words

Mood swings or severe depression

Anger, overly critical

Melancholy (mild depression)

Easily distracted

Intense focus on goals

Slow processing information

Fatigue (exhausted) due to stresses like worry and anxiety.

Burn out from wordsworking too hard and being too focused.

Lethargy (chronic low energy)

Total Vata:

Total Pitta:

Total Kapha:

Your Next Step:

Now that you know your vikruti, it’s time to take the actions that will restore your balance. Here we provide you with two resources and some general tips to gain more guidance.


  1. Receive an Ayurvedic Consultation and work with a practitioner who can provide you with the guidance and support you need to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes to heal your life. (Click here for more information)

  3. Read Healing Your Life: Lesson on the Path of Ayurveda. In this book, Dr. Marc Halpern will help you learn the diet and lifestyle steps to take to restore proper balance and support your healing journey. (Click here)

Tips For Each Dosha

Vata Dosha Imbalance: Vata dosha imbalances requires greater rest, warmth, deeper nourishment, and regular routines. A vata pacifying diet should be followed that build ojas (stamina, endurance).

Pitta Dosha Imbalance: Pitta dosha imbalance requires time away from work and/or planning. Pitta dosha also benefits from staying cool. Follow a pitta pacifying diet that avoids hot spices. Regular routines are important too. These routines should include time to truly relax.

Kapha Dosha Imbalance: Kapha dosha imbalances  requires more motion and less rest. Kapha dosha imbalance benefits  from hot spices, exercise, less sleep and a kapha reducing diet (less food, lighter foods,  more purifying).

Dual and Tridoshic Imbalances: Dual and Tri-dosha imbalances with moderate or severe symptoms are more difficult to manage and require greater supervision or support. If you have a dual or tridoshic imbalance with moderate or severe symptoms please consider a consultation with an Ayurvedic healthcare professional..


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