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Kapha Dosha

Kapha is comprised of water and earth. It provides stability, lubrication, structure, substance and support, strength and immunity, and enhances resistance to disease and promotes the healing process. Qualities of Kapha are moist, heavy, dense, soft, sticky, static, cool/cold and sweet.

Characteristics of a Kapha dominant dosha; these folks have strong bodies with a large frame, strong teeth, thick hair and smooth pale skin. Slow digestion can often lead to weight gain. Kapha individuals are blessed with a deep, stable faith that embodies love and compassion. They have a steady mind and good memory. When out of balance Kaphas may become lethargic and show mental inertia.

Signs you may need to balance your Kapha

Dullness/groggy all day

Apathetic- no desire

Slow to comprehend/slow to react

Weight gain, obesity

Hard to get out of bed- very tired in morning

Aching joints/heaviness in limbs


Eating to offset emotions

Sluggish digestion - food just sits there

Excessive mucus build up in lungs, nasal passages and colon

Rigidity or inflexibility


Edema, water retention

Sad and sentimental

Kapha Subdoshas

Kledaka Kapha is located in the upper part of the stomach region. It governs the moistening and liquefying of the food in the initial stages of digestion.

Avalambaka Kapha governs the lubrication of the heart and lungs. It supports the heart and lumbar region and gives strength and stamina to the upper back and chest.

Bodhaka Kapha is located in the mouth and throat. It is responsible for moistening the tongue, secretion of mucus in the mouth and the perception of taste.

Tarpaka Kapha is located in the head (predominantly white mater of the brain), sinus and cerebrospinal fluid. It governs calmness contentment and stability.

Shleshaka Kapha governs all the lubrication of the joints. It nourishes the surfaces of the cartilage and joints to promote ease of movement.

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