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Kledaka Kapha

kledaka kapha - One of the subtypes of kapha; its function is to liquefy ingested food in the stomach (ama shaya); it also protects the stomach wall from the digestive enzymes and acids; the gastric mucous membrane.

kledaka kapha

Kledaka kapha is present in the gastrointestinal tract. It is liquid, soft, slightly oily, and slimy. This kapha creates a protective lining as the gastric mucus membrane. This membrane can be destroyed when food is consumed. Cayenne pepper, curry pepper, and alcohol dissolve the mucus membrane. Within 72 hours, kledaka kapha provides a fresh, new mucosal lining to protect the wall of the stomach.”

“The moment food enters the stomach, it is broken down into smaller and smaller pieces so that kapha molecules mix with each molecule of food. Then hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, pepsin, etc., go into the molecules of food via the molecules of kledaka kapha.”

Kledaka kapha, which is liquid, creates a medium for cooking in the stomach. In cooking rice or grain, we add water and water distributes the heat around the molecules of food. In the same way, kledaka kapha, by its liquid quality, helps the digestive enzymes to move equally around a molecule of food, so that molecular digestion is possible.”

“The pyloric valve also has a mucus lining, created by the heavy quality of kapha, which helps the pyloric valve to stay tightly shut. Kapha is stable, so the stable quality helps the pyloric valve to close tightly and remain stable. After digestion in the stomach, the hot quality of pitta and the mobile quality of prana vayu and samana vayu help to open the pyloric valve. From there, the foodstuff flows into the duodenum. Vata is the impulse of the autonomic system; vata opens the pyloric valve and starts the flow into the duodenum. Then bile, which is ranjaka pitta from the liver, also comes into the duodenum.”

Kledaka kapha is absorbed from the stomach wall into the blood vessels. At this point, kledaka kapha enters plasma and nourishes the kapha of the entire body. In that way, kledaka kapha is the mother of all kapha systems in the body. The word kleda means liquefication, hydration. Kledaka kapha maintains hydration of the cells and tissues. This kapha provides energy to a person after consuming food, because its sweet taste causes the blood sugar to rise.”

Lack of kledaka kapha and excess of pachaka pitta in the stomach create gastric irritation leading to gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). If a person drinks hard liquor, kledaka kapha is burned and the next day the person may have alcoholic gastritis. Kledaka kapha is depleted and pachaka pitta is provoked. Gastritis can create nausea, vomiting, and stomachache, which is a sign that kledaka kapha is lacking. Drinking milk and eating a bland diet can restore kledaka kapha. The sweet and slimy qualities of kledaka kapha create a thin film on the wall of the stomach, protecting it from the hydrochloric acid.“

Hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes digest protein, but it is easy for them to also digest the wall of the stomach, because the stomach wall is a form of protein. When the fire (of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes) starts digesting the stomach, a gastric ulcer is formed. Sometimes the sharp quality of fire is so high that it penetrates the gastric mucus membrane and the musculature of the stomach, creating a hole or perforation.“

“The stomach is divided into the greater curvature and the lesser curvature. The lesser curvature is the acid bearing area that secretes more hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices, which are pachaka pitta. The greater curvature, or fundus, produces more kledaka kapha. The lesser curvature of the stomach is near the liver, a pitta organ. The greater curvature is near the spleen, whose function is to filter blood.”

“How a person sleeps is important. Sleeping on the left side suppresses kapha and builds pitta. The greater curvature of the stomach goes down and the lesser curvature is pressed toward the liver, creating more acid secretion. People who sleep on the left side side can increase digestive fire but may have hyperacidity. People who sleep on the right side can calm pitta but might induce kapha aggravation, leading to sinus congestion. Sleeping on the right side brings more spleen energy, while sleeping on the left side suppresses spleen energy and builds more liver energy. When you sleep on the right side, the stomach empties earlier, because the pyloric valve is on the right. However, the food leaving the stomach may not be fully digested. Optimally, one should wait three or more hours after a meal before going to sleep so the stomach has emptied completely.”

“When the quality of kledaka kapha is balanced, it brings contentment, satisfaction, and a need for smaller amounts of food. When the quality of kledaka kapha is vitiated, a person must eat large quantities of food to build satisfaction. By eating too much, the stomach is expanded and an expanded stomach demands more food to reach its optimal satisfaction. When a person has nervousness, anxiety, insecurity, loneliness, grief, or sadness, kledaka kapha reacts to these emotions by becoming sticky, thick, and demanding more food.”

“The stomach is like a balloon. With large quantities of food, it will expand. If less is consumed, the stomach wall will shrink. Satisfaction comes by stretching the muscle wall, and kledaka kapha brings that contentment. By eating too much, the stomach is expanded and more food is required to bring that satisfaction. Therefore, kledaka kapha disorders include obesity, obsessive eating habits, hyperglycemia, diabetes, and high cholesterol, which are excess kledaka, as well as hypoglycemia and peptic ulcer, both due to insufficient kledaka kapha.”

[Fair Use]] Source: Textbook of Ayurveda Volume 1, Vasant Lad, 2001, Subtypes of Kapha section

see also Subtypes of Kapha

see kledaka, kledak, kledak kapha

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