Ayurvedic Kapha

“Beauty comes, we scarce know how, as an emanation from sources deeper than
itself.”– John Campbell Shairp

The structural integrity of the body is governed by the kapha dosha. A balanced kapha dosha is responsible for giving the body its stability and protection from the external environment.

The Kapha dosha can be further subdivided into five categories.

  1. Kledaka Kapha: It focuses on the
    gastric area. The prime function of Kledaka kapha is to lubricate the
    ingested food and promote the functioning of the digestive system.
  2. Bodhaka Kapha: It resides in the
    tongue and the throat looking after the taste buds. Above and beyond, it
    lubricates the food, thus making it easy to swallow.
  3. Avalambaka Kapha: It is located in
    the chest, heart and the lower back of the body. Avlambaka Kapha’s
    principal function is to lubricate the heart tissues to inhibit wear and
  4. Tarpaka Kapha: It houses in the sinus,
    the head and the spinal fluid. The nerves and brain tissues are lubricated
    to facilitate their functioning by means of the Tarpaka Kapha.
  5. Shleskakha Kapha: It is present in
    the joints. Shleskakha kapha lubricates the joints and maintains the
    smoothness in their functioning.

The kapha dosha, made up of the elements water and earth, is heavy, cold, soft, stable, sweet and enhancing immunity, by nature.

Kapha Qualities

The holistic science of Ayurveda lies beneath the fact that every living body is made up of a combination of three doshas; Vata Dosha, Kapha Dosha and Pitta Dosha. Every living being is blessed with a unique composition of the tridoshas. Depending upon the Ayurvedic dosha dominant in a particular body,the basic attributes like taste, physiology, physical appearance and the possible illnesses are predefined in the treatments of Ayurveda. People having the Kapha Dosha more dominant in their body
constitution are:

  • Robust in frame. The joints are padded and the physical parameters are large.
  • Their skin is smooth and oily, while the hair is wavy and thick.
  • These people are mentally calm and stable in their thoughts. Their speech and actions are soft. In all, these people are easy going and supportive in nature.
  • Kapha dosha makes these people long sleepers. A moist and sticky environment makes them uncomfortable.

Kapha Imbalances

When the qualities of Kapha dosha become extreme, it leads to an imbalance in the proportion of  the tridoshas. Further, this makes the effected body unhealthy! People suffering from Kapha imbalances show the following changes and symptoms in their basic nature:

  1. A sudden rise in weight without any significant change in the diet.
  2. Feeling tired and drained after little physical activity.
  3. Not feeling fresh even after a long and sound sleep.
  4. Skin becomes oilier and shows breakouts.
  5. The throat, chest and head show signs of congestion. The patient starts feeling heavy from within.
  6. Feeling lethargic and not participating in any physical activity.
  7. Feel reserved and mentally unmotivated.

Healing The Imbalances

Ayurvedic treatments are diet crucial. Ayuveda believes that the only key to a healthy body is healthy living! The imbalances in the proportions of Kapha can be treated by means of correct food, followed by adequate rest and exercise.

  1. The balanced kapha can be restored by the usage of Ghee in the
    patient’s kapha diet. The quantity of Ghee to be used, is kept very
    little, but it is remarkably beneficial in exhibiting Dosha balance.
  2. Clear vegetable soups, dhal soups and light vegetable-grain combinations are ideal kapha diets to treat the Kapha dosha. Too much of salt and oil should be avoided.
  3. The pungent, astringent and bitter tastes if included adequately in one’s diet, helps a lot in bringing the Kapha levels back tonormal.
  4. The use of honey as a sweetener brings back the elevated levels of Kapha.

Though restricted to southern Asia once, Ayurveda and its benefits are now known globally. There are many Ayurveda retreats operating at every corner of the world, healing thousands of individuals with the discipline of Ayurveda. One can also source the internet to know more about his/her dosha and thus the diet best suited.

About the Author

Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga.  She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at sonicakrishan@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.

Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.