The body functions according to ayurveda, are governed by the three doshas and the managing of two of them has been dealt with in our previous blogs. Among these basic functional entities, Kapha dosha is the one that can be most easily manipulated.
Kapha is the dosha of structural integrity, nourishment, binding, softening, lubrication, insulation, shock absorption etc. Here again the Samanya Visesha concept is utilised to manage the increase or decrease of the dosha. This means that using substances with opposite qualities to that of the dosha, its actions can be reduced in the body and vice versa. Let us now look into kapha dosha in particular and see how it can be managed.
Things that increase kapha
Kapha is the dosha with properties like heaviness, coldness, unctuousness (oiliness), sluggishness, sliminess, softness etc., attributed to it. Hence the following things may increase the activity of kapha in the body.
• Sweet, salty and sour foods
• Foods that are heavy to digest and are energy giving
• Cold foods like ice creams
• Foods made of flour, black gram, sesame, tubers etc
• Oily foods, fatty foods, junk foods
• Meat, dairy products
• Sugarcane products
• Over nourishment
• Lack of physical activity
• Sleeping during day time
• Cold climates
Signs of increased Kapha
The increase of kapha in the body can be very discreet until it has reached a level that can cause disease symptoms. It can be slow and steady. The symptoms include heaviness of the body, laziness, coldness, pallor, sluggishness, excessive salivation, itching, whitish discolouration, cold, cough, vomiting, nausea, sleepiness, increase in body weight, hormonal imbalances, headaches, fungal infections lack of apatite, indigestion etc.
How to reduce Kapha
The increase in kapha is the main cause of most of the lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, PCOS, hypothyroidism etc. Thus it is very important to prevent the increase of kapha. It can be controlled by avoiding over nourishment, undergoing purificatory procedure, doing good physical exercise, taking foods that are bitter, spicy or astringent in taste, taking things that are hot in potency, doing powder massage, using hot water for all purposes and overall avoiding the things that increase kapha.
Even though a controlled lifestyle is the key for managing all the dosha, it is more so for the control of Kapha. When we look around we can see that the disease of kapha origine are the most prominent ones in the current society. How many of you suffer from such conditions?
Hope you have all been following the blog series on managing the doshas. These are just a birds eye view of the workings of the body and for more specific understanding of your body its always better to personally consult a doctor.
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