Kapha is a combination of the elements of water and earth. Kapha governs the structure and lubrication of the mind and body. It controls your weight, physical growth, lubrication for the joints and formation of all the seven tissues. This includes nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.
Consider the following questions to see if you might need to balance excess Kapha.
If you answered yes to most of these questions, you probably need to balance Kapha.
Kapha In The Body In Balance
Tarpaka Kapha: Moisture for nose, mouth, eyes and the brain
Bhodaka Kapha: Sense of taste (which is essential for good digestion)
Kledaka Kapha: Moisture of the stomach lining
Avalambaka Kapha: Protects the heart and makes strong muscles and healthy lungs
Shleshaka Kapha: Lubrication of the joints and soft and supple skin
Kapha In The Body Out of Balance
Tarpaka Kapha: Sinus congestion and poor sense of smell
Bhodaka Kapha: Poor sense of taste and food cravings due to lack of nutritional fulfillment
Kledaka Kapha: Impaired digestion and poor absorption of nutrients
Avalambaka Kapha: Lethargy, respiratory problems and lower back pain
Shleshaka Kapha: Weight gain, oily skin and loose or painful joints.
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One of the most senior Ayurvedic experts of our time, Padma Bushan Dr. P.K. Warrier the Managing Trustee and Medical Director of the 118-year-old Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India talks briefly on the Ayurvedic potential for the current coronavirus pandemic.
Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.