Kapha Dosha

VPKThe energetic force of Kapha dosha stems from the elements of Water (Apas) and Earth (Prithvi). The word Kapha comes from the roots Ka, meaning water, and Pha, meaning to flourish. The qualities Kapha dosha carries are the qualities of its related elements and include heavy, dull, slow, cool, oily, slimy, dense, soft, stable, liquid and gross. Therefore, the qualities of a predominantly Kapha individual will also resemble these same qualities.

A person of a Kapha nature will be seen as slow moving, sluggish, sleepy, dull, lethargic and mono-toned. They need much motivation to complete tasks, though tend to be steady once they take that first step. Like their movements, a Kapha individual tends toward a slow metabolism, and even though they may not consume much food, weight gain prevails. Once the weight rises, it becomes an extreme challenge to take it off. Kapha beings tend to have large, beautiful eyes and soft, loving features. They are very nurturing by nature and often have melodious singing voices. Their skin is quite soft and porcelain-like, although it has the tendency to become excessively oily when imbalanced.

Kapha beings with the sticky, slow and dull qualities have a tendency to fall into stagnant routines, and unlike Vata dosha, they actually need change and diversity in their everyday life. Unfortunately, this can be hard to accomplish, as they become attached quite easily. Typical Kapha emotions can manifest as depression, sadness, dullness and fogginess, as well as attachment and greed. They tend to hold onto possessions as well as relationships, even when it becomes unnecessary or unhealthy.

In terms of digestive health, a Kapha individual typically has a slow metabolism, as well as a low appetite. They may feel heavy and lethargic after food intake and may even desire to take a nap. This, however, is not a good idea as Kapha individuals should avoid all daytime sleep, especially after food. Their bowel movements tend to be regular, and they don’t often experience gaseous symptoms. However, if there is excessive fat or mucous is in the system, it may show up in the stools.  Due to the watery nature of Kapha, water retention is a common occurrence, and fluid intake should be minimized.

In terms of dietary needs, a Kapha individual should steer toward a light, low-carb diet with high fiber content. This should be fairly easy to digest and well supplemented with sharp, warming spices to help kindle their naturally low digestive fire. Heavy foods such as dairy, refined grains, breads, cereals and sweets should be avoided. The largest meal is best eaten around noon, and a light dinner should be consumed before 6 o’clock. Ginger tea can also be sipped on throughout the day to help aid in increasing digestion and metabolism.

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Common Signs of Kapha Imbalance:
  • Depression
  • Attachment
  • Lethargy
  • Slow, dull, sluggish mind
  • Cold, cough, runny nose
  • Pulmonary congestion
  • Sinus congestion
  • Lymphatic congestion
  • Low digestive fire
  • Heaviness after food
  • Overweight, obesity
  • Swelling, edema
  • Excessive sleep
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Lipomas, tumors
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