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How To Manage Kapha Dosha Imbalance

How To Manage Kapha Dosha Imbalance

Kapha Dosha Imbalance: The word ‘Kapha’ comes from the root word ‘slish’. It means to either bind or hold together. It contains both the elements of earth and water. It helps in providing the glue that helps to hold the cells of the body together.
An individual can find Kapha described as “snigdhah śīto gururmandah ślakṣṇo mṛtsnah sthirah kaphah ||” in the ‘Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana’.

This means that Kapha has characteristic features like being oily, cool, both heavy, and slow, smooth, slimy, and stable, too.

Both the physical and psychological stability and strength of an individual are governed by the Kapha dosha. Further, the structural integrity of the body is a cohesiveness to maintain a specific form or shape, develop strong immunity against diseases, maintenance of the variety of body fluids, boosting of human emotions like love, compassion, and others like forgiveness, patience, and loyalty are all because of the Kapha Dosha.

Symptoms of Kapha Imbalance:

The symptoms of the Kapha Dosha in the body lead to both physical and behavioral changes.

Physical Symptoms
  • Excess mucous
  • Slow or sluggish bowel movements
  • A sudden increase in the bodyweight
  • Thick and white-colored tongue coating
  • Sinus congestion
  • Depressed and slow metabolism
  • Loss of physical strength
  • Fatty accumulation around the arteries
  • Mucoid diarrhea
  • Occurrence of Pre-diabetes
  • Cold
  • Constant cough
  • Running nose
  • High fever
  • Cold sweats
  • Excess urination and presence of ear wax
  • Oily skin
  • Oily scalp and hair
Behavioral
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty in rising in the morning or oversleeping
  • Possessiveness and stubborn attitude
  • Greed
  • Ignorant attitude
  • DelusionReduced Kapha Dosha levels in the body can result in a dry respiratory tract followed by a burning sensation in the stomach.

What Results in Kapha Imbalance?

  • Consuming Kapha foods like dairy, fatty and oily food, and others like cold drinks, frozen and salty food, sweets, very sweet and sour fruits in huge quantities.
  • Overeating
  • Eating heavy meals
  • Spending too much time in cold weather or the damp climates
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Sleeping for more time during the day

Balancing Kapha Dosha

The field of Ayurveda suggests balancing Kapha by going for a Kapha pacifying diet that includes bitter, astringent, and pungent tasting food. These food items can rejuvenate the mind while limiting overall consumption. Try to add leafy greens, vegetables, along with astringent and drying fruits like apples, apricots, peaches, and mangoes to your daily diet. If you have a sweet tooth, then the sweetener that is best suited for the Kapha Dosha is raw honey.

Here are other things to try

  • Early to bed and early to rise
  • Regular physical activity
  • Involving in activities like writing, and emotional housekeeping
  • Keeping warm and dry
  • Oil massage with warm sesame oil regularly
  • Experiencing lively music
  • Maintaining a cheerful company
  • Yoga asanas

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