When Kapha and Vata Dosha undergo imbalance, the treatment, medicine and diet should have hot quality. This is because both Kapha and Vata have cold property. The task is relatively easier when compared to other Dosha combinations. This is because most of the spices and a variety of other type of herbs have Kapha and Vata balancing properties. So, the choice of medicine is quite high. Let us explore more.
Qualities of Vata – Kapha Dosha –
Kapha has cold, oiliness, heavy, immobility, smooth, viscous, mild, clear, slimy and stability qualities.
Vata has coldness, dryness, lightness, movement, roughness and minuteness qualities.
Common quality is – coldness.
Opposing qualities are –
Oiliness Vs dryness of Vata
Heaviness of Kapha Vs lightness
Immobility Vs movement
Smooth vs roughness
So, in general, hotness should be the common quality to balance both Kapha and Vata Doshas.
Usual diseases with Kapha and Vata involvement are respiratory disorders like asthma, cold, cough etc and rheumatoid arthritis and so on.
Suitable Tastes to balance Doshas –
Sweet, sour and salt tastes increase Kapha.
Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes increase Vata
Pungent, Bitter and Astringent tastes decrease Kapha.
Sweet, Salt and Sour tastes decrease Vata.
So, we can see that there are no common tastes in both the two Dosha categories. The choice of tastes to treat the combination largely depends on the dominant Dosha. If Kapha dominance in the combination is more, then the herbs should have Pungent, bitter and astringent taste and vice versa.
Seasonal regimen recommendation
Kapha involved with Vata can be compared to an ice cube broken and scattering by the power of wind. There is some liquification of ice cube and there is some movement. The same phenomena can be found in spring, wherein, the accumulated Kapha of previous winter season gets liquefied by the Sun rays and there is movement of Kapha. Hence, Spring seasonal regimen is to be followed here.
Highlights of spring regimen are -
Kapha should be controlled quickly, by resorting to strong emesis therapy (Vamana Panchakarma procedure), Nasya (nasal medication) and other therapies.
Food that are easily digestible are recommended.
Physical exercises, dry massage and mild trampling should be done.This is especially helpful in disorders having stiffness as symptom, like muscle cramps, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
Having thus mitigated the Kapha Dosha, the person should take bath, anoint the body with the paste of karpura (camphor), candana (sandalwood), aguru (Aquilaria agallocha), and kumkuma (saffron).
Have one year old barley, wheat and honey, meat of animals of desert-like land, and meat roasted in fire as food;
Horse gram – is astringent, hot, sour and balances Vata and Kapha.
Beverages such as Asava (fermented infusion), Arista ( fermented decoction), Sidhu (fermented infusion), Mardvika (fermented grape juice), or Sarambu (extract of trees such as asana, candana etc.)
Water with honey, or water boiled with jalada( musta – Nut grass) are good to take.
Avoid foods that are hard to-digest and cold, sleeping at day time, foods which are fatty, sour and sweet. Because, all these will increase Kapha and Vata together.
Herbs and substances to balance Vata and kapha Dosha
Bael, Dill seeds, Moringa, Pomegranate, Clove, Fennel seeds, Cinnamon
Mustard, Hedge mustard, Camel milk
Bhallataka – Marking nut – Semecarpus anacardium
Palasha – Butea monosperma
Bakuchi – Psoralea corylifolia
Karanja – Pongamia pinnata
Jyotishmati – Celastrus paniculata
Madanaphala – Randia spinosa
Unripe Bael fruit
Patha – Cyclea peltata
Bala – Country Mallow – Sida cordifolia
Karkatashrungi – Pistacia chinensis
Monk’s hood – Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox
Avalguja(Psoralea corylifolia Linn)
Edagaja (Cassia tora)
Dronapushpi – Leucas cephalotes
Todari – Pepper grass – Lepidium iberis
Foods that increase Kapha and Vata Dosha – Avoid these –