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 +====== Balancing the Attributes or Qualities of Kapha (Water and Earth) ======
  
 +pdf can be found at http://​www.ayurveda-berkeley.com/​index.html
 +
 +AVOID the CAPITALIZED by DOING the following to help balance Kapha
 +
 +COLD //Sheeta//
 +
 +Avoid situations which promote, provoke, increase or otherwise bring your attention to depression, attachment, worry, fear, anxiety, hopelessness,​ insecurity, helplessness; ​ avoid cold food and cold drinks (“ice is not nice!”); ​ avoid cold weather / air conditioning;​ avoid dairy, sweets, yogurt (especially in evening); avoid cheeses, cucumbers; ​ to promote and increase digestive function eat hot-spicy foods and use spices such as chilies, black pepper, ginger, cayenne, cumin, ajvain, hing (asafetida),​ mustard seeds; ​ drink copper water (water stored overnight in copper container); ​ favor hot / dry saunas, hot living climates; ​ meditate daily while standing up (standing meditation) to stimulate mental fire;  use mustard oil in cooking or externally for its heating property (when oil is not contraindicated). ​ Do 108 Breaths of Fire (Bhastrika Pranayama) daily.
 +
 +OILY //Snigdha//
 +
 +Avoid oils, fats, dairy, coffee; ​ favor dry foods, eat unbuttered, toasted breads with no jam or jelly; ​ eat raw fruits and vegetables; ​ dry pan-roast grains prior to boiling; ​ favor living and working in dry climates like Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah;  drink arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) or babbul (Acacia arabica) tea (helps breakdown oily substances, clears channels). ​ Be Vegan! – No Milk, Cheese, Butter, Dairy Products.
 +
 +LIQUID //​Drava// ​
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 +Avoid excess fluids (4 to 6 eight ounce cups water max / day – hot water only, some warm water, no cold or ice water ever); ​ avoid hydrophilic food and drink such as yogurt, desserts, sweets, salt (except mineral salt, which is diuretic), sour foods, cucumbers, cheese, juicy fruits and vegetables, etc.;  avoid sedentary lifestyle (exercise promotes sweat); ​ drink only hot liquids when and if thirsty, dry pan-roast grains prior to boiling; ​ favor living and working in dry / windy or desert climates (winter and spring seasons are problematic for liquid in many geographical areas); ​ favor panchakarma elimination techniques (vomiting) during this time (junctions of winter and spring or spring and summer) to control increase of liquid in physiology; use eucalyptus or camphor-like substances to control congestion buildup; use dry saunas to promote sweating.
 +
 +HEAVY //guru//
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 +Avoid situations which promote, provoke, increase, or otherwise bring your attention to depression, attachment, greed, hopelessness,​ helplessness,​ loneliness, isolation; avoid oils, fats, dairy, wheat / carbohydrates,​ sweets, and over-eating;​ eat barley, ​ consider skipping breakfast, fasting on liquid juice or vegetable diet one or two days per week, eat only light foods in evening.; never eat within 3 hours prior to be time; take honey water or herbal wines after eating; ​ avoid day sleep, sleeping beyond sunrise, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle, leftover, canned, frozen foods; exercise daily to 50% of capacity, engage in more mental activity, physical work, sex, and sleep less (Ca. Su. XXI.28); use light bedding, light clothing—silk,​ or cotton, choose small or light (feathered) pets when desired, listen to light music; favor windy living areas; do lightening therapies seasonally. ​  NOTE WELL:  It is best for Kapha to be Vegan – no animal flesh or dairy products.
 +
 +STATIC / STABLE //Sthira//
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 +Avoid foods such as cheese, meats, excess sleep (more than 6 to 7 hours or sleeping after 6 AM), sedentary lifestyle and artificial stimulants; ​ in the early morning to get going be sure to exercise daily to the point of sweating; ​ favor activities that are strenuous but invoke varied, stop and go functioning; ​ listen to dynamic and complex music, use lively and bright colors in clothing and environment; ​ avoid use of remote controls for controlling electrical appliances to facilitate movement in your life.
 +
 +HARD //Kathina//
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 +Avoid excess meats, mineral supplementation,​ lack of movement/​exercise. ​ Hard growths.
 +
 +SOFT //Mrudu//
 +
 +Avoid soft furniture, favor hard mattress & chairs. John Goodman is soft, Schwarzenegger is hard.
 +
 +DULL //Manda//
 +
 +Avoid leftover, canned, frozen foods, excess meat, sweets, cheese, dairy; ​ eat pungent/​sharp foods including Ayurvedic herbal wines for digestive purposes (Pippali Asava; Sudarshan Wine; Dashamula Wine) 
 +
 +SLOW //manda//
 +
 +Avoid situations which promote, provoke, increase, or otherwise bring your attention to depression, attachment, greed, hopelessness,​ helplessness,​ loneliness, isolation; ​ avoid sedentary lifestyle; totally avoid cheese (except occasional [once a month] goat cheese [not feta]); avoid candy; ​ avoid sleeping in past sunrise or day sleep/​napping; ​ exercise daily to 50% of capacity; ​ use pungent spices to stimulate digestion.
 +
 +STICKY //​Picchila//​
 +
 +Avoid situations which promote, provoke, increase, or otherwise bring your attention to attachment, greed; ​ avoid sweets, oils, excess liquids, wheat products etc., refined grains & other refined foods.
 +
 +SLIMY //​shlakshna//​
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 +Avoid sweets, oils, excess liquids wheat products etc., refined grains and other refined foods. NOTE WELL:  Kapha should be Vegan – no dairy products (no ice cream, no cheese, no yogurt, no milk)  ​
 +
 +CLOUDY //Avila//
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 +Avoid sweets, oils, excess liquids, avoid all dairy products; ​ whenever possible live / work in sunny and bright climates instead of rainy and overcast climates; ​ use full spectrum lighting to simulate natural sunlight conditions; meditate daily to promote mental clarity – Ideally standing mantra meditation.
 +
 +SMOOTH //​Shlakshna//​
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 +Avoid sweets, oils, fats;  use raw fibers in clothing whenever possible — wool, silk, cotton, mohair, tactile surfaces should have the quality of roughness if possible; ​ eat vegetables (¼ to ½ raw) and other foods with high fiber (roughness);​ take 1 tspn raw honey with 1 tspn amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and 1 to 2 tablespoons dry roasted barley; ​ take 1 tspn honey with ½ tspn ginger, ½ tspn vidanga (Embelia ribes) with very small pinch (1/16 tspn) of lauha bhasma (black iron ash) (Ca. Su. XXI.23); do dry kapha dusting-powder massage.
 +
 +DENSE //Sandra//
 +
 +Avoid excess food and drink, oily, fatty, old foods, sweets, excess meats and fishes.; avoid sedentary lifestyle; ​ favor mountain/​high altitude environments for living; ​ simplicity with variety are important themes mentally; ​ favor natural stimulants — daily exercise and spicy digestives — to control this attribute.
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 +SOLID //Sthira//
 +
 +Avoid excess food and drink, oily, fatty, old foods, sweets, etc.;  avoid sedentary lifestyle. ​
 +
 +GROSS //Sthula//
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 +Avoid eating more than 2 handfuls of food and drink per meal; no oily, fatty, old foods, sweets, etc.;  avoid sedentary lifestyle; in French “gross” means “fat.” Interact with children whenever possible.
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 +SWEET //Madhura//
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 +Avoid candies, sweet grains/​carbohydrates; ​ Bitter taste is better for helping digestion and cleansing the body channels (enjoy bitter melon, bitter green lettuces, dandelion, endive, green tea, chicory bitter coffee substitute);​ sweet or salty taste in mouth is indication of kapha imbalance. ​ Use raw honey instead.
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 +SOUR //Amla//
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 +In general avoid sour foods (no lemons, lemonade, no grapefruit) with exception of small amounts ( ¼ tspn) of apple cider vinegar in hot water as they tend to promote secretions and congestion.
 +
 +SALT //Lavana//
 +
 +Most kinds of salt are heating (balancing to kapha) but they are also hydrophilic (causing water retention); use mineral salt (saindhava – www.BanyanBotanicals.com) predominantly in small quantities.
 +
 +[[TAMAS]]
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 +This mental attribute is inertia, lethargy, dark, ignorant — avoid those behaviors promoting them.  Chant out-loud 21x Great Compassion Jeweled Mirror Wisdom Mantra 20: “Shr nwo Shr nwo. Nan.” or to increase wisdom and dispel confusion, chant 21x “Bwo na ni, Fa la ni” (Shurangama Mantra lines 113-114).
 +The Big Picture
 +
 +1.Remove the causes of the imbalance by direct behavioral avoidance; give particular attention to the attributes of the imbalance as detailed above. ​ This attention requires daily meditation for awareness.
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 +2.Remove excess kapha by elimination therapies — pancha karma (Ayurvedic cleansing-rejuvenation):​
 +
 +• Do [[therapeutic vomiting]] as indicated with [[licorice]] or [[vacha]] tea; do daily [[Super Nasya Oil]] nose drops.
 +
 +• Do heating, roughening (drying), and lightening therapies as indicated. ​ [[Eucalyptus]] is great.
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 +3. Balance [[kapha]] (water and earth): Decrease oily, greasy, cold, heavy, slow, slimy, mucousy, slippery, milky, sweet, salty, fleshy, fatty, and liquid qualities.
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 +• Avoid kapha’s attributes in food, forms, feelings and emotions, thinking, activities, lifestyle, relationships,​ and consciousness – this takes daily meditation in order to develop mindfulness,​ awareness or samadhi.
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 +• Increase metabolism with changes in dietary (eat less), lifestyle (sleep less), and activity (be more active) to promote lightness, warmth, liveliness (stay busy and active), and dryness
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 +4. Balance / strengthen digestion: Decrease excess cool, cold and decrease water intake (manda agni – slow metabolism) and increase dry heat in metabolism.
 +
 +• Increase pungent, spicy, bitter and astringent foods in diet especially when oily, cool, heavy, slow, mucousy, fatty, sweet or salty qualities are in excess. ​ No deserts, cut out all dairy products, eat little to no meat.
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 +• Increase fire component in food, lifestyle.
 +
 +• Eliminate mental and body tissue toxicity – Herbal and dietary strategies that help eliminate heavy metals, petrochemicals etc. Also avoid suppression of needs-urges – but balance them with proper ​
 +
 +1. Eat Less Food,   2. Sleep Less,   3. Daily Sweaty Exercise, ​  4. Moderation in Sex (1 orgasm per week max.)  Eat dry, spicy, warm, light, Kapha soothing foods at 7 AM, 12 Noon, 7-8 PM;  No snacks except for freshly juiced carrot, celery, cilantro juice with cayenne pepper power added. ​ Also allowed are room temperature snacks of apple juice (rajasic stimulating),​ cherries, dried fruit, peaches (sattvic clear mind), pears (sattvic clear mind), pomegranate juice (sattvic clear mind), prunes, raisins. ​  Sleep on left side at 11-12 PM – wake up between 4:30 and 5:30 AM;  No more than one orgasm each week in order prevent weakening of liver and kidneys and in order to build ojas and give energy. ​    To detoxify and bring warmth, chant 21x Great Compassion Sun Mani Mantra 8: “Shr fwo la ye. Nan. Sa wa he” or “Bwo na ni, Fa la ni” (wisdom).
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 +5. **Rejuvenation of mind and body with herbals and behavioral programs as indicated**
 +
 +[[Punarnava]] //​Boerhaavia diffusa// as main herb, [[Kutki]] //​Picrorrhiza kurroa// for liver fat metabolism, [[Chitrak]] //Plumbago zeylanica// for metabolism, [[Brahmi]] //Centella asiatica// for depression and mental fog, [[Vacha]] //Acorus calamus// perks one up better than coffee, [[Talisadi]] for allergies and lungs, [[Mahasudarshan]] for allergies and lungs, [[Chandraprabha]] or [[Shilajit]] for weight control, kidneys, pancreas. ​ Enjoy the sound of fast Indian and Western Classical, bright, and lively but not loud music. Daily self-massage with Kapha-Dusting Power or [[Kapha Oil]] from http://​www.banyanbotanicals.com/​. Wear mostly red, yellow, orange, purple, and indigo clothing. ​ Surround yourself with these colors. ​ Go out and get some sun 2x daily during a brisk walk or run where bright stimulating colors abound. Chew quarter to half slice of fresh ginger root (1 piece every hour) or 15-20 fenugreek seeds or a clove. ​ Aromatic, spicy, dry scents aromatherapy:​ Amber, camphor, cedar, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, Himalayan cedar (deodara), hina, jatamamsi, juniper, musta, myrrh, orange, pine, rosemary, tulsi. 2x daily standing or sitting meditation at 4:30 or 5 AM and in early evening for minimum 30 minutes along with bhastrika pranayama (breath of fire) using 3 drops Super Nasya Oil (www.Ayurveda.com). ​
 +
 +
 +//Source: Scanned in from Lad, Vasant, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic ASP Handouts, Albuquerque,​ NM: Ayurvedic Institute, 2001
 +//
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