Posts Tagged "Kapha"

Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015

Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha   Ingredients   2 cups chopped cucumber, peeled if non-organic 1 cup avocado 1.5 cups plain yoghurt or kefir 1-2 tbsp fresh bell pepper 3-4 tbps fresh cilantro Salt and White Pepper to taste   Recipe There are two ways you could prepare this delicious soup that is suitable for Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas in the hot summer months. One would be to simply chop the cuke and avocado into small pieces, dice the bell pepper and cilantro, and whip into the yogurt, adding a little water...

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Pacifying Kapha: Baked or Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Kabocha Squash

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Roasted or broiled vegetables are excellent for pacifying Kapha, whether for Kapha dominant types, or for the other doshas during Kapha season, as they are light, dry, and retain the strongly warming fire Qi of the oven or barbecue. The general theme for Kapha is to protect it from its natural tendency to accumulate fat and fluid by reducing all heavy foods like wheat, dairy, meats, and fats, while increasing naturally cleansing vegetables as much as possible, and eating meats with vegetables, not grains, and grains with vegetables, not meats. The best grains for Kapha are the gluten free...

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Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter A big part of healthy diet in Ayurveda (and Chinese Medicine) is eating with the seasons. Now we are in the Kapha season in the Northern Hemisphere, Late Winter/Early Spring, roughly the 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the Spring Equinox on March 20. Choose a diet that follows the season; when Kapha predominates; eat foods that reduce Kapha Healthy people of all doshas should favor a diet that pacifies, or reduces, Kapha this time of year, but if Kapha is your dominant body-mind type then you should...

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Disease Formation in Ayurveda: Dosha Elevation, Agni Metabolic Fire, Ama Digestive Toxins -1

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

Ayurveda: the Formation of Disease through Dosha Elevation, Weakened Metabolic Fire/Agni, and Increased Toxins/Ama Ayurveda looks at the formation of disease in the body as the function of two primary factors: One is elevated or unbalanced Dosha (Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha), and the other, is the formation of Ama, a kind of toxic sludge that spreads from the gut through the channels/shrotas and tissues of the body, when the Metabolic Fire or Agni is weakened by a diet and lifestyle inappropriate to your Dosha and/or that ignores the natural laws of living. The natural laws of living in Ayurveda...

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Understanding the Doshas

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

Radiant health, according to Ayurveda, is simply a state  in which you experience a zest for life and feel integrated and whole. Your appetite, digestion, and elimination are good, you breathe deeply and easily, your skin is radiant, you sleep well, and you experience the full range of human emotions in a manner that is congruent with your experiences. How each of us achieve this state of integration and wholeness, as well as how we experience physical and mental disease and suffering,  is a function of our individual and unique, by degree and manifestation, bodymind type or dosha. While...

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Your Ayurvedic Dosha and Mindfulness Meditation

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013

Great article in the New York Times called The Morality of Meditation about recent science research into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Research done by neuroscientists and psychologists into the effects of  Mindfulness meditation show “mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests,” but more interestingly,  this study demonstrated an increased compassionate response to other people’s suffering on the part of meditators after a simple 8 week meditation course. The implications are staggering. This has been my own personal experience with both myself and people I have taught mindfulness meditation practice...

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Springtime Tea from Somalia with Cardamom and Mint

Posted by on May 3, 2013

Food and drink like language and music spreads between cultures without rules. But within any given tradition, within any given culture, its as if there are unspoken rules that govern change; creativity is allowed, but to a point. In the world of food or music, for example, once you change a thing enough it is no longer what it started out to be. This can lead to certain kinds of conformity.  For example, in my grandmother’s Russian Jewish culture there were two kinds of gefilte fish–sweet without garlic, but with sugar, and spicy, without sugar, but with black pepper...

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Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Promote Digestion

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Daikon Radish is a great soup or salad vegetable. It is spicy, and acts as a digestive by stimulating digestive fire, just as the small radishes that Mexicanos eat with corn and meat do, but it is more aromatic, especially when boiled, than the small radishes and not as hot. Daikon is used in Chinese Medicine Nutritional therapy to balance heavier foods that are high in harder to digest animal protein and fat, like beef or pork. Beef and pork, which are are also neutral and cool in natural temperature, easily produce toxic dampness when eaten in excess, because...

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Ayurveda and Fruits: Match Food to Your Dosha and the Season

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

What foods match your dosha? Fruits are naturally sweet sour and refreshing. Some fruits, like apples, also have an astringent or drying property, depending on variety, macs more than fiji, for example. Your mouth feels a bit dry after a bite of apple, or quite dry after a bite of unripe banana–this is the astringent flavor. Pomegranates are another great example of this, as are  persimmon, especially if not perfectly ripe. Some fruit are more sweet than sour, like ripe figs, dates,  bananas, some fruits are especially cooling, like watermelon, ripe bananas or oranges. Some fruits can be less...

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Dr. Wickermasinghe’s Ayurvedic Detox Tea for Colds and Flu

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Drink a quart or more a day of this delicious detox tea  if you are fighting off a cold or flu. You can also take this if you are already sick, to get better more quickly, and to prevent secondary infection in throat, sinus, or lungs. Do not use if you have a raging sore throat or high fever. Do use especially if you feel cold and have clear mucus or phlegm. This is a delicious tea made from ordinary kitchen spices that is a powerful remedy for common colds and flu. I learned it in Sri Lanka, from...

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Grass Fed Pastured Dairy Cattle Milk is Healthier and Tastes Better

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

http://www.organicvalley.coop/about-us/overview/our-history/   Briefly, Organic Valley’s Grass Fed Cow’s Milk is healthier, containing Omega 3’s, is not homogenized, and tastes much better. It smells and tastes what the free range milk in my small village in India tasted like, or like the milk on the farm in Putney, Vermont I spent i summer on. Coming soon, “Is Milk “Bad” for You? The answer, in brief– No, unless you have a damp cold condition/elevated Kapha imbalance with symptoms like chronic phlegm, sinus congestion, overweight…. Remedy. No milk for a while. Definitely no cheese. But if you take milk, heat it with...

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Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods that stimulate digestion.   Necessity is the mother of invention. Today I was hungry, lazy, and the cupboard was bare. I had some leftover pasta, a tin of sardines, a can of chickpeas, a bunch of scallions and one lone beetroot in my frig. So I made a pasta...

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Curried Quinoa Super Food: Pacify Kapha in Late Winter/Early Spring

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012

Curried Quinoa Super Food: Pacify Kapha in Late Winter/Early Spring The ancient grain of the Incas, Quinoa has a delicate, nutty, slightly bitter flavor and the lightest texture of all grains.  This combination of bitter taste and light texture make it an ideal grain for Kapha types and Kapha imbalances such as excess weight, sluggishness, and issues of phlegm.  And while Quinoa is excellent for elevated Kapha  any time of year, it’s especially true  in Late Winter/Early Spring when Kapha predominates.  Quinoa  is also a very good choice for Pitta imbalances that benefit from the bitter taste and light...

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