Understanding ‘Kapha – The Lymph Chyle’

What we need to know about ‘Kapha – The Lymph Chyle’ (Water Component):

The circulation of the Lymph Chyle (Rasa) is related to Kapha (Shleshma). Kapha or Shleshma is the portion of Rasa which fills all the Intercellular Spaces of the body, keeps them together, and keeps them at the temperature that our body should be. A well balanced Kapha in the body will give strength, firmness, potency, absence of greed, care etc. The aggravating taste is Sweet.

In our body, ‘Kapha’ is Prominent in the Chest (Lungs, Pericardium, Triple warmer), Head region, Pancreas, Neck, Waist, Bony Joints, Stomach & Small Intestine, Plasma, Fat, Urinary Bladder, Testes, Nose & Tongue.

Types of Kapha, as located in body are:
  • Avalambaka Shleshma: Chest/Thorax & The Survical Region. Provides flexibility to the body and strength to the other parts of the body;
  • Kledaka: Resides in Stomach, Upper Small Intestine. Liquefies the food, digestion, movement;
  • Bodhaka: Taste & Protection; Tongue (Taste Buds), and Protection in the form of glands like Tonsils;
  • Tarpaka: Resides in the head region, Nourishes our Sensory Organs and
  • Sleshaka: Resides in Bones/Joints (Synovial Fluid, Lubrication of Joints).

Kapha and Pitta combined, perform the Sustenance functioning of the Body (Western Physiology). These affect the material composition of the body and determine its mass. Thus, it is the balance of the process of assimilation and the waste formation.

‘Kapha’ imbalance Causes:

Scores of diseases like Heaviness, Coldness, Congestion, Obesity, Water Retention – Oedema, Non-Slipperiness, Not Inclined to Solve Problems, Excessive Weakness, Salivation, Mucous formation in Intestines/Tongue, Whiteness in Excreta, Impure Blood due increased Cholesterol, Very Low Immunity, Tumours etc.

General Cure for ‘Kapha’ disorders:

Consume more of Pungent, Bitter and Astringent Tastes. The ‘Ether’, ‘Air’, and ‘Fire’ component will take care of the excess ‘Water’, and ‘Earth’ component in the body! Thus, Kapha may be managed by Hot, Dry and Light things.

Other beneficial things are Fomentation, Kapal Bhati, Appropriate Yogasanas (Cycling or Paschimottasana), Honey + Lemon, Kunjal Kriya (Induced Vomiting, Emesis). 

An Interesting Point: Diabetes is a condition related to the water metabolism of the body and Kapha causes this condition. Hence, medicines like Gudmar (especially useful for diabetic condition) which pacifies Vata & Kapha, and mildly increase Pitta is really good for controlling/curing Diabetes.

Bad vision is also a Kapha problem (mostly). Eyes are Agneya, a Pitta region, and increase of Kapha, diminishes the Tejas in the eyes (Blurred vision, more of secretions from the eyes) and hence the vision. Hence, Shilajit, which pacifies Vata & Kapha and add to Pitta is a great medicine for eyes (and for many more conditions).

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