Actual Ayurvedic Treatments
Concept of Tri-Dosha
According to Ayurveda, everything in this universe is made up of
five elements, namely, earth, water, fire, air and ether (space).
These elements combine to form the three doshas, vata, kapha, and
pitta, or metabolic types and are represented in the human body
in different forms. For instance, bones and teeth are earth,
blood and lymph are water, the metabolism is fire, oxygen is air,
and ether is the spaces found between matter, represented best by
vibration or sound.
dosha is formed by the combination of basic five elements, earth,
fire, water, air and ether (space). Vata is a combination of
Ether (space) and Air, Pitta is formed by combination of Fire and
water and Kapha is a combination of Water and Earth. These
various doshas govern different functions and different
attributes in the individual’s body.
The three active doshas are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Dosha Related Elements
Vata: Air and Ether
Pitta: Fire and Water
Kapha: Water and Earth
of the word vata is "wind, to move, flow, direct the
processes of, or command." In Ayurveda Vata is
one of the
tridoshas that is believed to be the combination of air and
space (ether). It is also thought to be the controlling
in the body and influences all forms of movement in the mind
and body. Hence it is believed that the initial cause of diseases
in the body and mind is Vata imbalance. Vata also facilitates
the other two doshas to be expressive.
Vata governs many basic functions
of the body like breathing, heart pulsation, blood flow, all
expansion and contraction, movements in the muscles and
tissues, the movements of cytoplasm and the cell membranes,
and the movement of the single impulses in nerve cells,
blinking of the eyelids, waste elimination, and the way our
thoughts cross our minds. Vata also controls feelings and
emotions such as freshness, anxiety, fear, nervousness, pain,
tremors, and spasms.
The prime location of Vata in
human body is colon but it also resides in the hips, thighs,
ears, bones, large intestine, pelvic cavity, and skin. Thus
if the vata exceeds in the body it accumulated in these
areas. Any imbalance of Vata energy can cause conditions like
high blood pressure, constipation, anxiety, dry skin,
insomnia and cramps. Vata can be thrown out of balance by, by
staying up late at night, eating dry fruit, or eating before
the previous meal is digested.
Distinctive Features of
– People with Vata prakriti has light body frame and are
usually physically underdeveloped. They may be short or tall
but thin and slender. Their chests are flat and their veins
and muscle tendons are visible.
– The vata people usually have brown complexion with dry,
rough, cold and cracked skin. They have average to thin hair
that is usually dark and dry and may be curly.
– Vata people usually have dark brown or grey colored eyes
with thin eyelashes and less luster. The eyes may be sunken,
small, dry, and active.
Other – Vata
people have rough and brittle nails, crooked, large or
protruding teeth, and bent and turned-up nose.
generally have irregular daily routine.
individual is quick moving both physically and in talking.
variable appetite and digestive efficiency and like sweet,
sour and salty tastes and hot drinks. They usually have
irregular appetite and thirst; hence experience digestive and
malabsorption problems. Vata people
have tendency to cold hands and feet and moderate sweating.
production is also scarce and the feces are dry, hard and
small in quantity. Their sleep
is light, interrupted, and fitful and they usually sleep less
than the other types. They show
dislike for cold climate. They spend
high energy in short bursts thus tend to tire easily and to
such people are easily excitable but quickly satisfied.
tend to be delicate in health, so they may have few or no
imaginative, Creative and filled with ideas.
quickness means they quick in learning and grasping new
excitable, lively, fun personality with tendency for swing
able moods. When in balance they are full of joy and
They do not
like sitting idle, and seek constant action.
little willpower and possess little tolerance, confidence or
reasoning power is weak. They have a tendency to act on
are fearful, anxious, and insecure. Fears of darkness,
heights and enclosed spaces are common with them.
is not very good and they are quick to forget the learned
are restless and often have disjointed thoughts.
When out of
balance they respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety.
They have a
tendency to change and may often move furniture or residence
to keep from feeling bored.
quick to earn money but spend it on trifles and have
Indications of Balanced Vata
influences as well as controls many vital organs of human
body. When it is in balanced condition it ensures:
elimination of waste matters from the body
functioning of the body's systems
encourages your physical and mental health as well.
Indications of Imbalanced
Any of the
qualities of vata in excess can cause an imbalance. Frequent
travel, especially by plane, loud noises, constant
stimulation, drugs, sugar and alcohol, exposure to cold and
cold liquids and foods can disturb the balance of vata. Vata
dosha also aggravate and increase during autumn and early
winter. When vata is imbalanced or disturbed the body shows
some distinctive signs or symptoms that include:
tiredness, fatigue but unable to relax
lack of concentration, anxiety, fearfulness
or hyperactive behavior
wake up at night and can't go back to sleep
aches, sharp pains, Arthritis, stiff and painful joints
skin, chapped lips
Constipation, Intestinal bloating, gas, Belching, hiccups
throat, Dry eyes
Self-defeating, shy, insecure and restless nature
Indecisiveness (lack of decision making power)
experience any of the above-mentioned condition it is a sign
that your Vata is aggravated or imbalanced. In such condition
one should follow the practices that balance vata dosha.
Health Problems caused by
regulates some of the basic functions of human body, hence
the imbalance in vata can cause several minor or major health
problems including headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore
throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle
spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas,
diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature
ejaculation and other sexual dys-functions, arthritis. Most
neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.
General Tips on Health and
Wellness For Vata Types
balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility and general
well being of body and mind, when run out of balance; vata
produces fear and anxiety along with several health ailments.
To keep vata in balance one should be acquainted with the
causes and factors that can influence vata dosha and also the
ways to regulate them.
people usually have irregular habits of eating and sleeping
but this is the most important thing for them to do. When
Vata is out of balance this may feel almost impossible, but
all the people with a Vata body type should make an effort to
establish a regular routine.
include relaxed and moderate kind of exercises in their
routine. Yoga, meditation, walking, swimming are good for
them. But you should avoid exhausting, competitive and
vata balance one should rest sufficiently, and choose foods,
behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental
circumstances that can set positive influences on vata. It is
also important to regulate mental and physical impulses and
to modify mental attitudes, emotional states, and behaviors
in supportive ways. Try to associate with people who are
need to keep warm thus they should avoid staying out in cold
weather and having cold food. Steam baths, humidifiers and
moisture in general are beneficial for them. Daily oil
massage before the shower or bath is also advisable.
prakriti people should consume warm, moist, slightly oily and
heavy food and should avoid cold and raw food. Optimum meal
times for vata people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at
noon, a snack at 4 p.m. and a full dinner at 6 p.m.
Vata people should go to bed by 10 p.m. since they need more
rest than the other types. A small daily nap between 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m. is beneficial for them.
that correspond well with the Vata dosha are warm and gentle
such as yellow, ochre, and brown. So vata people should
include these colors in their wardrobes and homes as well.
having vata constitution should wear Amethyst as this stone
associate well with Vata dosha and drive positive influences.
basic constitution is mixed like vata-pitta or vata-kapha,
then you should include portion for the second influential
A Food Plan to Balance Vata
is a cold dry dosha, warm, nourishing foods are good to
balance Vata. You should include in your diet the food that
is warm, moderately heavy, slightly oily (garnished with
butter and fat), sweet, soothing and satisfying. All such
foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Food items such
as warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals,
fresh baked bread, ripe fruits, salted nuts are good for vata.
Breakfast is very important for vata people. You can add hot
cereals such as cream of rice or wheat, any warm, milky, and
sweet food item in your breakfast. Vata person should avoid
high caffeine drinks instead of them they can opt herbal
teas. Spicy Mexican or Indian foods that are cooked in oil
also good for vata people. On the other hand cold foods such
as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and greens are
not very good for persons with vata imbalance. They should
avoid eating candies, dry fruits, and unripe fruits.
Favorable Food Items
leafy greens in moderation
Sweet, well-ripened fruit in general
Rice, wheat, quinoa, oats, amaranth, all cooked until
Whole milk, cream, butter, fresh yogurt (cooked into
foods), lassi, cottage cheese, fresh paneer cheese
seafood, in general
All in small quantity
Ghee, olive oil, sesame oil, cold-pressed nut oils such
Berry Juice (except for cranberry)
Chai (hot spiced milk)
Soy Milk (hot & well-spiced)
Almonds (soaked and blanched), cashews, walnuts (soaked),
pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans (soaked), pine nuts, sesame
seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Ajwain, dried ginger, asafetida (hing) in small
quantities, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, clove, cardamom,
coriander, fennel, black pepper, basil, Chinese cinnamon,
nutmeg, mustard seed, mint, rosemary, thyme, lemon and
orange zest, oregano, rock salt or sea salt, black salt,
dried mango powder, pomegranate seeds or powder
List of Unfavorable Food Items
leafy green vegetables
Unripe fruits, especially bananas.
Cow’s Milk (powdered)
Goat’s Milk (powdered)
Yogurt (plain, frozen or with fruits)
Cold Dairy Drinks
Ice Cold Drinks
Mixed Vegetable juice
Soy Milk (cold)
Ayurveda Pitta is known as Energy of Digestion and Metabolism.
Pitta dosha (bio-energy) is a combination of water and fire
elements and formulated by the dynamic interplay of the both.
These elements are transformative in nature thus they constantly
modulate and control each other. In human body Pitta represents
the fire element; it includes gastric fire or digestive fire,
action of enzymes and amino acids that play a major role in
metabolism, and the neurotransmitters and neuropeptides involved
in thinking. People with pitta personality are known for warm
friendly behavior and leadership qualities.
Pitta is hot,
sharp, light, oily, liquid, and spreading in nature. It is sour,
bitter, pungent to the taste, and has a fleshy smell. All these
characteristics are revealed in the body of the pitta person. The
main centers of pitta in human body are small intestine, stomach,
sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes, and skin. Pitta governs
digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, body
temperature, skin coloration, the luster of the eyes,
intelligence, and understanding. It gives the person appetite,
vitality, and the capacity to learn, understand and determine
what is right or wrong. The imbalanced pitta can cause many
physical and psychological problems like anger, criticism,
negative emotions, acidity, ulcers, heartburn, rashes and
thinning hair. Pitta can be thrown out of balance by, eating
spicy or sour food; being angry, tired, or fearful; or spending
too much time in the sun. People with a predominantly pitta
constitution are thought to be susceptible to heart disease and
Features of Pitta people
– Pitta prakriti people have light to medium body frame with
well-built physique and medium height. Their chests are not very
flat and they show a medium prominence of veins and muscle
Hair Type –
The pitta person may have coppery, yellowish, reddish or fair
complexion with fair or reddish, fine, soft, shiny, warm skin.
The hair may be fine red, fair or dark brown in color and
straight or thinning, shiny, fine and silky in texture.
– Pitta people have distinct, bright eyes that are usually
blue, grey or hazel in colour.
– Pitta people may have sharp but yellowish teeth with soft
and, at times, bleeding gums.
– Pitta person has heart-shaped face with tapering chin and
pointed nose that is sharp and tends to be reddish at tip. The
nails are usually soft.
Some distinctive physical problems faced by pitta people include
rashes or inflammations of the skin, sunburns, acne, boils, skin
cancer, sensitive and burning eyes, hair loss, premature graying
of hair and baldness.
Pitta people usually
have a sensitive and reactive body with a medium frame and
weight. They usually keep in shape as they rarely gain or lose
Pitta constituent people usually have strong metabolism, good
digestive fire and strong appetites. Thus they usually take large
quantities of food and liquid at a time and often get irritated
if they have to miss or wait for a meal.
Pitta type people have a natural longing for sweet, bitter and
astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks.
Pitta people usually have average or medium sleep but keep fresh
and active, as their sleep is sound and uninterrupted.
Pitta is a fire element, thus people with pitta constitution tend
to have higher body temperature with warm hands and feet. They do
not feel comfortable in sunlight heat or hot weather as heat
makes them tired.
Pitta people do not like hard work as well as they also have a
tendency toward excessive perspiration.
Pitta people produce a large volume of urine and the feces are
yellowish, liquid, soft and plentiful.
These people also show tendency toward grey hair with thinning
hairline or baldness.
Pitta prakriti people are passionate and romantic and sexually
have more vigor and endurance than Vatas, but less than Kaphas.
Behavioral or Psychological
Pitta people have sharp mind and superior memory hence they boast
outstanding learning, understanding and concentrating powers.
These people are orderly, focused, assertive and entrepreneurial
Pitta people have inborn leadership skills with good
comprehension power, focused vision and blessed wisdom. They are
usually good public speakers and also capable of sharp,
sarcastic, cutting speech. They have a desire to spread their
name and fame all over.
They have natural fondness for noble professions and often make
large amounts of money. They
like to spend on luxurious items like perfume and jewelry.
Pitta people appreciate material prosperity and they tend to be
moderately well off financially. They enjoy exhibiting their
wealth and luxurious possessions and like to surround themselves
with beautiful objects.
Pitta person is often
stubborn, pushy, prejudiced, and authoritarian.
They have emotional tendencies toward hate, anger and jealousy.
Pitta people become commanding, irritated, angry, aggressive,
when out of
Pitta people usually show extremist behavior and never yield an
inch from their principles. They can be judgmental, critical and
perfectionist, and tend to become angry easily.
Pitta person is subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and
of Balanced Pitta
balanced pitta is an indication of sound physical and
psychological health of an individual.
When in balance pitta ensures:
problem-solving skills, Keen powers of intelligence,
Decisiveness, Boldness and courage, Bright complexion
of Imbalanced Pitta
Pitta is imbalanced when any property exceeds or decreases
from its normal level. There are many factors that can cause
pitta imbalance including alcohol and cigarettes, hard work,
overexertion, and overheating. Pitta is a fire element thus
summer season is time when it gets easily aggravated. When pitta
is out of balance or disturbed the body shows some distinctive
signs or symptoms both physical and behavioral. Physical symptoms
Fitful sleep, Disturbing dreams, Insomnia
Diarrhea, Food allergies
Bad breath, Sour body odor
Sensitivity to heat, Hot flashes
Skin rashes, Boils and Acne
Ulcers, Hot sensations in the stomach or intestines
Bloodshot eyes other vision problems
Weakness due to low blood sugar
Fevers, Night sweats
On behavioral Front one may feel:
Angry, Irritable, hostile
Destructive and Impatient
Critical to self and others
Frustrated, Willful, Reckless
Problems caused by Imbalanced Pitta
is an element of fire hence any imbalance in pitta usually causes
fevers, inflammatory diseases, acidity, ulcers, rashes, digestive
problem etc. It can also cause loss of strength, heart problems,
skin problems, jaundice and hair problems.
Tips on Health and Wellness For Pitta
in balance, pitta promotes intelligence and understanding but
when disturbed or imbalanced it produces anger and jealousy. To
ensure sound and healthy living one should be aware with the
causes and factors that can influence pitta dosha and also the
ways to regulate them.
is very important for Pitta people that they lead a pure and
moderate life and try to keep cool. Pitta is a fire element;
hence to balance it one should avoid excessive heat, oily, steamy
and salty food, rigorous exercises that increase body heat, etc.
Such people should opt foods, attitudes, behaviors, personal
relationships, and environmental conditions that can be
instrumental in balancing pitta.
should take food that is sweet, bitter, and astringent because
these tastes decrease pitta influences, do exercise during the
cooler part of the day, and do things that cool the mind, avoid
conflicts and choose cool climates. On behavioral front
developing the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness,
generosity, and self-control also help in balancing pitta dosha.
people should do meditation as it helps to control negative
thoughts and calm mind and body. Optimum meal times for pitta
people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 3 p.m.
and dinner at 6 p.m.
pitta people should use colors that are cool and calm, for
example, blues and greens. These colors provide a soothing effect
and help to control pitta. The stone should be worn by pitta
people is Moonstone as this stone associate well with pitta dosha
and drive positive influences.
Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha
Pitta is related with
fire and control digestion and metabolism, body temperature, and
biological transformations in the body. Usually Pitta people have
strong efficient digestion, they can generally eat just about
everything but they should include cool or warm food in their diet with less butter and added fat.
Excessive use of salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and
overeating are the main causes that trouble pitta so such food
items should be reduced, instead starchy foods such as
vegetables, grains and beans, salad, milk and ice cream should be
included in the diet.
and fermented foods should also be avoided. Pitta person should
not take coffee also as the acid in the coffee is also pitta
aggravating, instead they can have herb teas like mint, licorice
root or other that pacify pitta.
your basic constitution is mixed like pitta-vata or pitta-kapha,
then you should include portion for the second influential dosha.
List of favorable food items
Green (sweet) peppers
Leafy green vegetables
White rice (prefer basmati rice)
Ghee (clarified butter )- unless you are watching
(All in small amounts)
aloe vera juice
apple juice apricot juice berry juice (sweet) black tea
chai (hot, spiced milk)* cherry juice (sweet)
cool dairy drinks
grain "coffee" grape juice
mango juice mixed veg. juice orange juice
peach nectar pomegranate juice prune juice pear juice rice
milk soy milk vegetable bouillon
Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small
amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are OK
Plus small amounts of cumin and black pepper
List of unfavorable food items
meat and sea food in general
cider berry juice (sour) caffeinated beverages carbonated
drinks carrot juice cherry juice (sour) chocolate milk
coffee cranberry juice grapefruit juice
iced drinks lemonade papaya juice tomato juice sour juices
except mentioned above
pungent herbs and spices, except as noted. Take only the
minimal amounts of the following:
Sour salad dressings
dosha of Kapha is an alliance of water and earth elements. Kapha
represents the Energy of Lubrication and Structure in Ayurveda.
Kapha comprises all our cells, tissues and organs. Kapha
molecules act as glue that hold the body together and provides it
the basis for physical structure. Water is the main constituent
of kapha and provides biological strength and natural tissue
resistance in the body.
Kapha is heavy, slow, cool, oily, liquid, hard, smooth, dense,
soft, static, viscous, and cloudy. It is white in color and has a
sweet and salty taste. These attributes of kapha can be seen with
an individual who has predominant kapha dosha.
The main centers of kapha in the human body are chest,
throat, head, sinuses, nose, mouth, stomach, joints, cytoplasm,
plasma, and the liquid secretions of the body such as mucus. The
chest is the dominant seat of kapha.
kapha provide body
resistance, lubricates the joints, moisture the skin, heals
wounds; fills the spaces in the body; gives biological strength,
vigor and stability; supports memory retention; gives energy to
the heart and lungs and maintains immunity. Psychologically, it
is responsible for the emotions of attachment, greed, and
long-standing envy, calmness, forgiveness, and love.
In a balanced
state kapha individual shows terrific endurance and physical
strength with slow and steady speech and a calm, loving and
forgiving attitude. But excess of Kapha can lead to lethargy,
weight gain, congestion and allergies along with envy, greedy and
Kapha can be aggravated by, sleeping during the daytime, eating
excessive sweet foods, overeating, and eating and drinking foods
and beverages with too much salt and water (especially in the
springtime). The main health ailments associated with kapha dosha
include diabetes, gallbladder problems, stomach ulcers, and
respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
Features of Kapha people
Body Frame – Kapha
prakriti people usually have strong and large body frame with
heavy bones and muscles. Their chests are expanded and broad.
Their veins and tendons are not obvious because of their thick
skin but the muscle development is good. The bones are not
Hair Type -
Kapha people generally have fair and bright complexion with
lustrous, oily and smooth skin that can be cold and pale. Their
hair can be thick, dark, soft, curly or wavy.
- Eyes are prominent feature of kapha people. They usually
have large and attractive eyes. The eyes are dense and black or blue in color and the white
of the eye is generally very white and beautiful.
– Kapha people generally have strong and white teeth.
balance kapha people enjoy excellent health with strong immune
system. Kapha people have the most energy of all constitutions,
but it is steady and enduring, not explosive.
Kapha people have a tendency to gain weight as they have slow
digestion and metabolism. They also face great difficulty in
shedding weight because they are slow movers. They walks and
talks slowly, have steady appetite and thirst with slow
metabolism and digestion.
Kapha people enjoy sound and prolonged sleep. They feel cloudy
and foggy in the morning and often desire tea/coffee as a
stimulant to start the day.
Their perspiration is moderate.
Kapha people have dislike for cold and damp weather as they are
more prone to colds, congestion and cough problem.
Kapha people are also sluggish and loves sitting, sleeping and
Such people are usually slow to anger, strive to maintain harmony
and peace in their surroundings. They have soft pleasing look
with attributes such as love, care, compassion, kindness and
Kapha people have craving for sweets and sweet taste helps them
to stimulate sperm formation and increase the quantity of semen.
Sexually Kaphas are the slowest to be aroused, but they also have
the most endurance.
Kapha people hold
exceptional long-term memory.
Kapha people have many behavioral virtues like they are
easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced, stable, reliable, affectionate
and loving, forgiving, compassionate, faithful, gentle and calm.
They usually have calm, steady mind thus do not loss their temper
Kapha people love to hug and are deeply attached in love and
They have a deep melodious voice and a monotonous pattern of
Kapha people tend to be wealthy as they are good at earning as
well as saving the money.
Kapha people are slow learner.
They usually have nonjudgmental nature.
They are also slow at comprehension.
If in imbalanced condition kapha people suffer from greed,
attachment, possessiveness, and laziness.
of Balanced Kapha
A balanced Kapha provides:
A strong immune system
Serenity or calmness
Steady mind, rational thinking and mental determination
Endurance and adaptability
of Imbalanced Kapha
Any of the properties of
kapha in excess can cause an imbalance. Kapha can be aggravated
by, sleeping during the daytime, eating excessive sweet foods,
overeating, and eating and drinking foods and beverages with too
much salt and water. It also increases during winter and early
spring or when weather is heavy, wet, cloudy, and cold. Full moon
also aggravates kapha. When
kapha is aggravated or imbalanced one may feel:
Sluggish and Dull in thinking
Lethargic or tired
Depressed, Sad, Sentimental
Slow to comprehend, Slow to react
Clingy, hanging on to people and ideas
Greedy, Possessive, Materialistic
Sleepy or very tired in the morning, hard to get out of bed
Drowsy or groggy during the day
Weight gain, obesity
Mucus and congestion in the chest, throat,
nose or sinuses
Pale, cool, clammy skin
Edema, water retention, Bloated feeling
Sluggish digestion, food "just sits" in the stomach
Aching joints or heavy limbs
Problems caused by Imbalanced Kapha
Kapha people have a tendency to have diseases related to the
water principle. When imbalanced the kapha can cause many minor
or major ailments such as the flu, sinus congestion, respiratory
problems (including asthma and wheezing), gallbladder problem,
hay fever, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries),
sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention, and
Tips on Health and Wellness For Kapha Types
When in balanced kapha individual enjoys immense physical
strength, sound health, strong immunity with calm and steady
mind. Out of balance, kapha produces greed and envy and many
health disorders. To keep kapha in balance one need to know the
causes and factors (both positive and negative) that can
Kapha prakriti people have more risk to lethargy, sluggishness,
depression, and overweight because their metabolism is slow. To
keep oneself fit and healthy kapha person need
activity and stimulation.
Daily exercise is more important for them than for any other
type. As they are fast to gain weight but slow to reduce, they
need rigorous kind of physical exercises to keep their body
weight under control.
Meditation can be more intensive for kapha constitutions than for
vata or pitta constitutions. They should perform prayer and
Kapha people should avoid heavy, oily foods, dairy and iced
drinks; instead they need to include pungent, bitter, and
astringent tastes that decrease kapha influences. Food items such
as spices, green leafy vegetables, chilies, beans etc. should be
included in diet.
Opting foods, mental attitudes, behaviors, exercise routines,
relationships and environmental surroundings, which can be
instrumental in balancing kapha characteristics, help to stay
Kapha person should be receptive to useful change and deliberate
to implement life-enhancing actions. Indulging in new experiences
and activities is also beneficial for them.
Kapha people should avoid daytime naps. Going to bed early and
rising early is always beneficial for them.
The corresponding colors of Kapha dosha are bright colors such as
red and orange and the favorable stone is Lapis.
Food Plan to Balance kapha Dosha
is mainly water element thus influences the heavy, moist aspects
of the body. To keep kapha under balance warm, dry, light food
cooked with less water and minimum of fat is needed. One should
increase the use of pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes. Kapha
people should consume limited amount of sugar, oil and salt as
well. Lightly cooked vegetables and raw fruits and vegetables are
more beneficial for kaphas.
Kapha people usually have a tendency to overeating that should be
controlled because it lead to weight gain due to slow digestion.
Any food that is spicy is good for kaphas such as very hot
Mexican or Indian food, especially in winter.
For kapha types, breakfast is optional that means you can skip it
if you like. If you take breakfast it should be very light. You
can have foods such as hot-spiced cider, buckwheat pancakes with
apple butter, corn muffins, and bitter cocoa made with skim milk
and a touch of honey. The main meal should be at the middle of
the day, and only a light, dry meal in the evening is advisable.
To energize yourself in the morning, you can take honey, hot
water, lemon juice and ginger. Ginger tea can also be taken.
of Favorable Food Items
leafy green vegetables
Dried fruits in general are good for kapha. (apricots, figs,
Warm skim milk
small amounts of whole milk and eggs (not fried of
cooked with butter)
(All in small amounts)
(All in small quantities)
Aloe Vera juice
apple cider apple juice apricot juice berry juice
black tea (spiced) carob
carrot juice chai (hot spiced milk) cherry juice
(sweet) cranberry juice
grain "coffee" grape juice mango juice peach
nectar pear juice
prune juice soy milk
(hot & well-spiced)
All are good. Ginger is especially good for improving
of unfavorable Food Items
and juicy vegetables, such as:
sweet, sour, or very juicy fruits, in general.
wheat, except in small amounts
hot cereals and steamed grains, in general, as they are too
moist and heavy for kapha.
except mentioned above.
seafood in general
except mentioned above.
milk caffeinated beverages carbonated drinks cherry juice
(sour) chocolate milk
cold dairy drinks grapefruit juice
icy cold drinks lemonade orange juice
papaya juice rice milk
sour juices soy milk (cold)
except sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds