Kapha Dosha: Properties and 3 Ways to Balance it.

Kapha Dosha is the third dosha of the Tridosha theory. Imagine late winter, with cold dry days and snow falls. This season is called Kapha season. Also, the health and fitness of our body is maintained by Kapha Dosha.  



Kapha Dosha represents ether and water element in our body. The earth and water element is responsible for the rigidity, firmness and most importantly for the regeneration process in our body. The nature of these elements are steadiness, stability and stillness. No amount of wind or fire can move these elements easily. This same concept is applied to the Kapha Dosha.


When water and earth mix together, then it makes mud. This is a great way to explain Kapha as it explains its ability to hold things together and make them stick. Earth is dense, heavy, stable and slow, while water provides the soft, cold and smooth qualities.


Like other doshas, Kapha is also located in a few of the regions in our body. They are thoracic cavity, head region, stomach, nasal cavity, throat region, interphalangeal joints and oral cavity.


Properties of Kapha Dosha:

  1. Heavy
  2. Cold
  3. Slow
  4. Steady
  5. Greasy
  6. Mucoid/Slimy
  7. Soft
  8. Dense/Compact


Work of Kapha Dosha in our body:

  1. Control of the movements of all the joints as well as joining them firmly in our body.
  2. Since Kapha Dosha is greasy, it doesn’t allow friction during the movement of joints.
  3. Reason for the Regeneration process.
  4. It fills the intercellular space of the body. Thus giving firmness or bodytone to our body.
  5. Increases the immunity.
  6. It forms human emotions such as Forgiveness, Selfness and Strong Willpower.


Symptoms of imbalance of Kapha Dosha


  1. Asthma and allergies
  2. Frequent colds, Cough and Congestion, Nasal mucus, Running nose, and Sinus.
  3. Depression, Laziness, loss of strength
  4. Materialism, possession and jealousy,
  5. Weight gain and Obesity
  6. Procrastination.
  7.  Fluid retention, excess urination, or mucoid diarrhea.
  8. Diabetes, high cholesterol, profuse edema, solid edema, congestive heart failure and leukemia.


How to manage Kapha Imbalance


Through Kapha Diet


  1. Avoid sweet, sour and cold food such as ice-cream, and cold desserts.
  2. Avoid oily, processed and heavy food such as cheese, meat, cake etc.
  3. Eat light and easy to digest foods such as honey. 
  4. Spices such as chili, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon and cumin balances Kapha Dosha
  5. Most beans and pulses are good for the Kapha diet.
  6. All vegetables are good except sweet vegetables like tomatoes and sweet potatoes. 
  7. Avoid overeating and eat in a peaceful environment.


Make Changes in your Lifestyle


  1. Kapha Dosha people usually tend towards laziness. Thus to break the cycle, it is necessary to follow a regular routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Clean the clutter around you. Keeping your surroundings can help you to feel more energetic.
  3.  Include exercise in your Lifestyle. It can be as simple as a jog or can be heavy work-outs. Doing so will keep the kapha balanced.
  4. Change things around you a bit: Learn a new hobby, make changes in your room or any other small changes. Kapha imbalance usually makes one feel stuck in a cycle. Making small changes can help in it.


Other Methods


  1. Perform a daily dry massage on your body to stimulate blood circulation.
  2. Wear Kapha balancing colors such as yellow and orange which are warm and helps in soothing it.
  3. Avoid taking naps in the day to not feel more lethargic and tired.



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