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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With the onset of cold weather, our ability to stay healthy is challenged. It’s especially true when the same ill-symptom occurs at the same time every year. Learning to recognize the early signals your body provides is key to preventing deeper health issues.
Prevention is the primary goal of Ayurveda, and being aware of the early symptom signals your body provides is essential. At the beginning of winter, the cold drying effects of vata are felt, as winter progresses the deeper cold of kapha settles in. This transition challenges our strength and immunity and manifests as colds, cough, fever, headache, sinus congestion, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, itchy dry skin, and body pain and stiffness
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