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The Kapha Dosha

Just as reviving water moistens the earth, its dry dust forming binding mud, kapha is believed to hold the body together by moistening the ‘earthen’ and solid structures of the tissues and skin. Its primary home is the stomach, but it also resides in the chest, throat, head, lymph and pancreas.

The qualities of kapha

Cold, wet, heavy, stable, solid, unctuous, slow.

The function of kapha

Kapha takes charge of the storage of energy that vata has brought into the body and that pitta has managed. Its cohesive nature gives stability to the body – helping to hold cells together and form muscles, fat and bone; whilst its fluid qualities lubricate the white matter in the brain, the joints, the lungs and heart, as well as the protective lining of the stomach.

The physical manifestations of kapha

Those with dominant kapha tend to be of stocky build with wide shoulders and hips; smooth, oily skin; thick, brown hair, and large, soft eyes. They have excellent stamina, and are known to sleep soundly and enjoy a stable appetite and regular digestion.

The emotional manifestations of kapha

You can always rely on a kapha person; full of love and compassion, they are loyal and devout in times of need – your best friend, always ready with a hug and support. They enjoy life and are comfortable with routine.

When kapha is in balance

A balance of kapha in the body gives a person strength of mind and emotions, solidity, protection and endurance.

When kapha is out of balance

When kapha builds to excess in the body, it can lead to a wet cough, stagnation, congestion, growths, sluggish digestion, and an excessive desire to sleep. Further problems may include, heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol or becoming overweight. Excessive kapha in the mind can manifest itself as stubbornness, with an inability to let go of people and jobs that are no longer nourishing.

How to balance your kapha

You can balance kapha’s heavy, dense qualities by increasing the amount of movement you do, introducing more stimulating activities into your routine, staying warm and avoiding dampness, and by cleaning out and giving away things that you won’t use again.

If you’d like to discover how to balance your kapha in more detail, A Pukka Life by Master Herbsmith and Ayurvedic practitioner, Sebastian Pole is worth the read. 

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-fondateur de Pukka et Herboriste expert

Bonjour. Je suis le co-fondateur et maître-herboriste de Pukka Herbs. En plus de m’occuper de la création de tous nos thés, infusions et compléments alimentaires bios, je suis un écologiste passionné. C'est pourquoi nous sommes 100% bio, pionniers dans l'approvisionnement responsable avec FairWild et pourquoi nous reversons 1% de notre chiffre d'affaires annuel pour la protection de la planète. J’ai également depuis 1998 mon propre cabinet de Naturopathie à Bath. Je pratique un mélange éclectique de phytothérapie ayurvédique, chinoise et occidentale et je suis membre de l’Ayurvedic Practitioners Association’, ‘Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine’ et du ‘Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners’.J'adore utiliser les principes de l'Ayurveda (l'art de vivre avec sagesse) - associés à des connaissances sur la guérison traditionnelle et la science moderne - pour apporter les meilleures solutions naturelles aux problèmes de santé. Marqué par mes séjours en Inde, j'adore cuisiner végétarien et je pratique régulièrement le yoga. Je suis passionné par notre mission, d’apporter le pouvoir des plantes biologiques au plus grand nombre à travers une entreprise engagée, génératrice de bien. Je vis dans une ferme du Somerset au Royaume-Uni où je cultive de nombreuses plantes médicinales pour le plus grand bonheur des abeilles et de ma famille.

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