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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. 

Meet the author

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Sebastian Pole, Co-founder and Herbal Director

I’m Co-founder and Herbal Director at Pukka Herbs. As well as formulating all our organic products, I run my own herbal practice in Bath which I’ve done since 1998. I’m a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. All this with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help create positive change and positive health. Inspired by my time in India, I love cooking a vegetarian feast and rely on regular yoga practice and herbal supplementation to keep me well. I am passionate about running a business that inspires positive change and brings the benefit of the incredible power of plants to everyone we connect with. I live on a two acre garden-farm in Somerset where I grow a rainbow spectrum of medicinal and nourishing plants for my bees and family to live from. 

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