How to deal with low levels of kapha

By TNT Bureau

Dec 4, 2017: According to traditional ayurveda, low levels of kapha hampers the regular functioning of the kapha dosa. This often leads to decrease in its properties as well as actions.

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Dealing with low levels of kapha can become a serious issue if proper treatment is not taken in a timely manner. This is necessary because low kapha levels can have a complicated affect on the body such as dryness of the skin, feeling of emptiness in varied kapha locations such as head, heart, joints and lungs, a constant burning sensation, disturbed sleep pattern, laxity and looseness of joints and a persistent feeling of thirst.

Nirama and sama kapha

When there is a corruption between sama kapha and kapha, then kapha tends to become dense, sticky, unpleasant to smell, thick and turbid. This leads to belching and also reduces your appetite.

As against this, nirama kapha is extremely light, balanced, settled, odorless, foamy and condensed. It does not tend to stick in the throat, thus keeping the mouth fresh and clean throughout the day.

Different types of kapha- their locations, functions and illnesses due to vitiation

  • Kledka– It is located in the stomach and aids in moistening of food and helps to digest food better. If it gets corrupted, a person experiences disturbances such as common cold, nausea, impaired and weak digestion and heavy feeling.
  • Bodhaka– Present in the throat and tongue, this kapha functions to provide good taste. Its corruption results in impaired salivary glands and taste buds.
  • Tarpaka– It is located in the head and is responsible for providing nourishment and protection of sense organs. When corrupted, it results in dullness of senses, retardation of sensory activities and loss of memory.
  • Avalambaka– Located at the chest, this kapha energizes lungs, heart and limbs. During its corruption, one experiences extreme laziness and dullness in the entire body.
  • Sleska – This kapha is found in joints and bones and function to lubricate joints to smoothen, protect and nourish the movement of bones and joints. When corrupted it leads to disturbances such as pain in the joints and slowing down of thir regular functioning.

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Where are the three dosas located?

Ayurveda says that there are 3 tyoes of dosas-vata, pitta and kapha.

  • Pitta is located between the chest and naval, in blood lymph and sweat, in excretory organs and digestive organs and in the abdomen. The highlight here is that it helps in building intellectual thoughts, confidence and enterprises.
  • Kapha is located in the joints, fat of the body, upper part of the stomach, throat and tongue and neck and head. The most positive traits here are calmness, sympathy, love, courage and forgiveness.
  • Vata is located in the urinary bladder, below the naval area, pelvic region, bones, legs, thighs and small and large intestine. The most positive traits here are imagination, resilience, spontaneity, sensitivity and exhilaration.

Normally all three dosas pervade the entire body, but they keep changing according to seasons, diet, digestive fire in the body and the strength of the alimentary canal, but any one of them is prominent in certain organs and parts of the body and this is known as the specific location (shelter) of that dosa.

Ayurveda believes that the body has originated from the five elements as mentioned before. Like everything else, the dosas are also made up of the five elements. Dosa Predominant elements Vata Space (ether) and Air Pitta Fire and Water Kapha Water and Earth.

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