Kapha Dosha in Ayurveda

Kapha is one of the doshas of Ayurveda which is composed of earth and water. It has the quality of forming a united whole to maintain a particular form.

Kapha is essentially required to lubricate the joints, saturate the skin, and is vital for the body to protect the tissues and fight against the exterior cells. The person with Kapha dosha has a compact body type and is heavy on the lower part. They are usually overweight. Mucus and other milky secretions are overly produced in the Kapha individuals.

These individuals are blessed with elegance, sensuality and are very fertile! In terms of geographical location, Kapha individuals prefer warm climatic conditions rather than damp climates.

Kapha radiates strength and maintains balance to an extent that the people of Vata and Pitta get rejuvenated in the presence. People with Kapha dosha can be characterized by their voluminous figure, doe-eyed, baby clean skin, thick hair, calm and composed nature.

Kapha types are usually low on energy. They may even on days wake up feeling exhausted and hence do not participate in many activities.

Kapha Body Type

Below are the few traits of Kapha Body type which may help identify your body type:-

  • They are usually overweight
  • Kapha type feel lazy and lethargic most of the time
  • Sinus Problems
  • They can sleep for hours but still wake up feeling dull
  • Oily hair and skin
  • Bloating and water retention
  • Congestion and constipation is an issue that they face.

Balancing Kapha

To balance any type of dosha, the significance is given to diet, sleep, and fitness. Likewise with Kapha Dosha as well.

First, let us know the Kapha Diet Chart that needs to be followed

  • Just like pitta individuals, Kapha individuals also should avoid nuts as they are rich in fat.
  • Cut down on the sugar intake as consumption of more sugar increases the Kapha in the body.
  • Try to consume low-fat milk by adding turmeric or ginger to the hot milk to lessen the Kapha spiking properties.
  • Avoid sour and rich fruits such as dates, coconuts, melon, oranges, melons, avocados. Consume lighter fruits such as apples and pears
  • Honey is excellent to balance Kapha.
  • Try to inculcate more barley and millet in the diet instead of wheat and rice as that aggravates Kapha
  • Try to cut down on salt drastically

Along with maintaining a healthy diet, the time it is consumed is also important. Hence, try to maintain the timings, and consume at the set time daily. Kapha individuals should consume three or two meals a day.

Overeating and emotional eating aggravate Kapha. Hence, try to pay complete attention while eating. Avoid distractions such as watching tv or talking. Avoid desserts, junk food, bread, or any other form of fast food.

Digestion is particularly slow in the Kapha individuals. Hence, try to stick to light and food that can be easily digested.

Kapha doshas can sleep for a longer duration. They can sleep for a minimum of 8 hours. However, they should ideally sleep only for 7 hours. If they sleep after 6 am which is the dominant time for  Kapha then, they may find it very hard to get up from the bed. Hence, it is best if they wake up at 6 am to avoid recuperation.

Kapha Dosha Symptoms

Kapha dosha includes the following symptoms

Pale skin, stickiness in the body waste such as sweat, urine, etc. Slow senses, asthma, cough, diabetes, etc. They are usually lethargic, unenthusiastic, and feel overly attached. Kapha individuals are always sleeping, they do not like change.

Kapha Dosha Remedies

Fasting helps Kapha individuals lose weight and accelerate digestion. Smoking of anti-Kapha herbs also helps with Kapha. Intake of food that has Kapha reducing properties normally helps a lot. The food could be sharp, dry, hot, bitter. Add honey and pungent fermented dishes to your diet. Sunbath, herbal paste massage is beneficial.

Rigorous cardio exercises should be practised such as running, walking, jumping, etc.

Ayurvedic Medicine for Kapha is Vamana- therapeutic vomiting. Therapeutic vomiting can be done by eating or drinking food that could induce vomiting. It helps clean Kapha from the stomach and chest.

Various other herbal drinks are also recommended for Kapha, which are precisely recommended by Ayurveda consultants. 

How to Remove Kapha from Body:

Try to move on to a liquid diet once a week. Include Herbal teas, in your diet, as they increase the digestion, and sharpen the taste buds. Honey also helps remove Kapha from the body. Hence, include 1 tsp of Honey every day.

Use olive oil, almond oil, or ghee for cooking. Nuts should not be consumed. However, if a necessity, eat sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead of heavy cashews and pistachios.

Ayurvedic Medicine For Kapha

Herbal medicines are gentle at the same time impactful. Ayurvedic medicines promote detoxification and revitalization. Kapha dosha impacts digestive issues. Hence, herbs and lifestyle changes should focus mainly on impacting the herbal system.

TURMERIC

Turmeric has bitter, sharp, and heating properties. It treats multiple diseases and has detoxifying properties. Hence, is useful in balancing Kapha which is in excess.

GINGER

Ginger is one of the primary ingredients in Ayurveda to treat slow digestion and obesity. It accelerates the digestive process and eliminates toxins. Fresh ginger is more beneficial than dry ginger. Dry ginger is comparatively low on nutritional value.

TRIPHALA

Triphala is made from three trees that are found in India. Triphala fruits are dried, grounded, and blended. Triphala is not only effective for Kapha but also for Vata and Pitta.

Triphala has healing and cleansing properties. It gently detoxifies without irritating the colon. Also, it strengthens bones, nourishes the nervous system.

A Few Lifestyle Changes Suggested Are

  • Rise early and make an energetic morning routine.
  • Excite both body and mind.
  • Massage whole body with 1/2 cup of sesame oil daily.
  • Work on cardio, and difficult forms of Yoga.
  • Stay warm irrespective of the weather

Conclusion :

Ayurveda is widely used for holistic well-being and treatments. It has an array of benefits along with boosting the immune system.

Ayurveda has a variety of herbs that provide us with nutrition and immunity fighting boosters. Well balanced diet, hydration, yoga, and meditation is the foundation of Ayurveda.

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