What are the characteristics of Kapha Dosha?
Kapha is a relaxed and stable dosha. Kapha dominating people are great home makers as they are calm, steady, loving, loyal and supportive. Such people are heavier and physically strong and sturdy. They usually have a slow speech but a deliberate thought process. These people are slow learners and tend towards being over-weight. They have soft hair and skin and have large soft eyes and sweet soft voice.
When imbalanced, Kapha can cause problems like:
Lack of motivation, boredom and fatigue
Over-weight, diabetes and edema
High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Congestion, Colds and Hay fever
Respiratory problems like; asthma and allergies
Atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
Treatments suggested to treat Kapha imbalance include:
Should wake up early and exercise
Should try to avoid meat, wheat and dairy products after sunset
Should avoid foods that are salty, sweet, fatty and fried
Should avoid foods that are cold, gooey, liquid, heavy and sour
Should take foods that are light and warm
Should try to become receptive to life-enhancing and useful changes
Pacifying Herbs to treat Kapha imbalance include:
Dried ginger, Lemon, Black Pepper, Cumin, Chili, Bitter dark greens, Ajwain, Allspice, Amaranth and Basil
The best way to determine your ‘dosha’ is to consult an eminent Ayurveda practitioner. It is important to take the advice of an Ayurveda practitioner because the body constitution changes with the age, seasons and life situations, so it is difficult for you to determine your ‘dosha’ type yourself.