Kapha’s qualities are damp, cold, soft, sticky, jelly-like, heavy, blocking and stable. These qualities naturally accumulate over the winter but are readily felt during the Spring. As the weather warms kapha begins to flow and move from its solid-state.
The fluid state of kapha creates respiratory congestion with a damp mucus-like fluid. As the warm weather of Spring takes hold many people will experience sinus congestion, coughing, watery eyes, allergies, and headache. This is a common yet seasonally natural symptom of excess kapha moving out of the body.
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.