Kledaka Kapha

Last Updated: December 2, 2019

Definition - What does Kledaka Kapha mean?

According to Ayurveda, Kledaka Kapha is one of the five sub-doshas (sub-types) of Kapha dosha. Sub-doshas are responsible for overseeing specific actions, organs or emotions, and relative imbalance in these energetic sub-categories tends to be the root cause of illness, disease and ill-health.

Kledaka Kapha resides primarily in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, and is responsible for the secretions that mix with food during digestion. In order to nourish Rasa Dhatu and other Kapha in the body, Kledaka Kapha is absorbed through the stomach wall. It also hydrates the tissues and cells involved in digestion and maintains the gastric mucous membrane.

Yogapedia explains Kledaka Kapha

Kledaka Kapha is the fourth sub-dosha of Kapha. It has liquid, soft, oily and slimy characteristics, and its primary function is to moisten and soften food during the digestion process. As it is alkaline in nature, Kledaka Kapha helps to counter the acidic environment of the stomach.

Excess Kledaka Kapha disturbs the pH balance of the stomach, causing digestion to slow. This may, in turn, lead to nausea, weakened Agni (digestive fire) and loose stools. Lack of Kledaka Kapha can cause acid reflux or hyperacidity, due to the stomach producing too much acid. Herbs, diet and lifestyle changes are recommended in treating a Kledaka Kapha imbalance, as well as increasing fluid intake between meals.

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