Kapha - A Merging of Water and Earth.

The third and final Dosha in Ayurvedic science is called Kapha Dosha, and it is a combination of Water and Earth. Dense and liquid it is slow, oily, cold and soft, much like the properties of Water and Earth. Mainly situated in the pancreas, the stomach, the lungs, the blood plasma, the lymphatic system, the joints of the bones, and the nose and tongue. The structure of the body is governed by Kapha, this includes regulation of fat, bodily stamina and strength and the density of bones in the skeletal system. Kapha is considered to be much like Earth, creating support and stability for the human body, by formatting its structure.

Kapha also acts as a lubricant, performing to create minimal friction and wear between the organs and cells of the body. Hence it’s found in your muscles and joints, creating strength. Saliva and mucus and all of the fluids of the body are related to and governed by Kapha. Kapha is also responsible for the growth of the body, the accumulation and expenditure of energy, the lubrication of joints, cells and organs, the structure of cells and the skeletal frame, the restoration and repair of the body, the bio-rhythms of sleep, the creation of mucus and the regulation of body fat and mass.

Kapha also governs the grounding of the body, the regulation of moisture, the brains memory retention, nurturance and the virtues of giving and kindness.

When the body suffers from an imbalance of Kapha, one begins to experience symptoms in these areas of the body. Some of the examples of a Kapha imbalance are an excessive build-up of mucus, a white coating on the tongue, the sensation of being constantly cold, the sensation of being tired and lethargic all the time, asthmatic attacks, the accumulation of phlegm or catarrh, swelling and excessive retention of water and infections.

Other examples of a Kapha imbalance in the digestive system include a sluggish metabolic rate, the sensation of feeling, slow-moving and gummy or sticky stools and bloating of the stomach.

Kapha imbalance in the mind results in manifestations of depression, a sense of longing or excessive attachment and in loneliness, depression and jealousy
Examples in the mind include laziness, depression, loneliness, longing, sadness, jealousy, and attachment.