Kapha definition and action

Kapha energy is associated with the formation of structures and a kind of molecular memory that maintains stability. The kapha energy remembers the structures and allows changes, movements and chemical reactions that support the maintenance of these structures.

For example, the increase of an infant’s weight from 3,5 kg to 60-70 or 80 kg is kept stable and harmonious because of the action of the kapha energy.

Maintaining stable proportions during the body’s development is a result of the action of the kapha energy.

The heart, brain, lungs and bones all grow at different rates, but in the right proportions needed for the body.

What is kapha?

The kapha energy is the homeostatic energy or the energy that brings balance after the changes caused by the movements of vata and the reactions and transformations caused by pitta.


Action of Kapha (Astanga Hrdayam ch.11, verse 3)

Stability: gives stability to bio-system preserving structures.

Lubrication: lubricates joints, gastric endothelium (protective factors) and mucous membranes.

Compact joints: creates strong joints able to withstand pressure.

Forbearance: the ability of the nervous system to accept changes, attacks, pressures without losing its balance.


- Dr Nikolaos Kostopoulos