TRIDOSHA

Tridosa is composed of two words: tri + dosa; means a group of three basic elements i.e., Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When Vata, Pitta and Kapha are vitiated they produce disease and when they are in equilibrium, or in their natural state, they maintain the body.

KAPHA

Types

Avalambaka Kapha: It is located in the chest. By its innate strength and by the power of essence of food, it does lubrication, nourishing etc functions that are attributed to water element.

Kledaka Kapha: Located in the stomach. It moistens the hard food mass and helps in digestion.

Bodhaka Kapha:It is located in the tongue. It helps in taste perception.

Tarpaka Kapha: It is located in the head. It nourishes sense organs.

Shleshaka Kapha: It is located in the bone joints. It lubricates and strengthens the joint.

Characteristics

Large eyes

oily, luxurious hair

Strong stamina

Good memory

Moist, thick and soft skin

Compassion

Patience

Sweetness

Easily forgiving

Gentle

Emotionally stability

It is characterized by heaviness, coldness, tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients.

Symptoms of an imbalanced state

anorexia

drowsiness

excessive sleep

heaviness of the body

laziness

salivation

Pallor

suppression of digestive powder

DO's & DONT's

Slight, dry, warm and well spiced foods in small meals can be taken.

Avoid cold/refrigerated, heavy or wet foods and drinks.

Not engaging in physical activity should be avoided.

Hot fomentation, Therapeutic emesis can be done.

Do not sleep during the day time or after a meal.

Regular exercises should be practiced.