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Nature's Healing Qualities: The Gunas:Cold
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Cold Ayurvedic Perspectives
Reported by John Immel, Asheville, NC
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Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating

Elements: Air, Water
Balanced by 'Hot', 'Pungent'.
ayurvedic notes
Is every part of your body warm and cozy? Imagine you are lying on a couch in front of a fire under your fluffiest down comforter watching your favorite movie sipping hot cocoa. If you're any colder than that chances are a body part or two could use some nurturing. Don't wait until you are shivering and purple lipped; get warm and cozy right now. Make your winters like the dog days of summer!

Winter, High Healed Shoes & Aging

It takes work to keep your body warm. We all work hard to reduce drafts in our homes during the winter. Underdressing for winter leaks your vital energy. Something as simple as toeless high heals could create a big 'draft' in the body, sapping your strength. Cold body temperature stresses your organs and leads to early aging. The best way to stay young is to keep your vitality intact.

Blood in Hibernation

Some people get cold feet even with two pairs of socks. When cold your body constricts blood vessels and pulls blood into core. Even socks can't coax the blood out of hibernation. The solution to cold feet is warming your core and oiling your skin. Oiling your skin helps hold the heat in, so long as you wipe off all the excess before going outside. A pinch of turmeric keeps circulation strong.

Cold restricts all fluid motion, including digestive juices and drying up sweat glands. Contact with a very cold temperature, such as ice cubes, constricts blood flow even to the point of numbness. Cold stiffens muscles, condenses and compacts. Cold stimulates the nervous system. The cold weather in autumn stimulates fat storage and a protective layer of fat in the skin. Animals like polar bears are large to help them retain heat.

Effects of Cold Food & Drinks on Digestion

Since cold restricts circulation, drinking or eating cold foods such as ice-cream or ice-water effectively shuts down digestive function the moment we need it most. For this reason, cold foods are contraindicated for all three doshas.

Kapha & Vata Cold

Kapha gets cold from slow metabolism. Vata cold comes from the core, deficiency and exhaustion. When the core is deficient even digestion gets cold. Vata people with cold digestion may even forget to eat meals. Pitta is usually warm all year round!

Cold Blood Pressure

Cold causes a slow heartbeat, and pale skin. Cold causes constriction of blood vessels, hampering circulation and causing obstruction and toxic buildup. Constricted vessels cause blood pressure to rise. The kidneys compensate by filtering water from the blood causing dryness, a process called cold diuresis in western medicine. Cold also causes weakness and loss of coordination, shivering, goosebumps, and slurred speech.

Stuffy Noses & Common Colds

Viruses thrive in colder temperatures. Since breathing through the nose makes the sinuses cool, the body stuffs up the sinuses to keep them warm whenever threatened by infection or cold temperatures. Many diseases in Ayurveda are named after patterns. The common cold is an example in English.

Causes of Cold

Cold can be caused by improper clothing, insufficient food, climate, dryness, lack of fat tissue, lack of exercise, anemia, slow metabolism, blood stagnation, and drinking cold water.

Treatment of Cold

Nourishment, warm spices (cloves, turmeric), ghee, extra layers of clothing & exercise all help warm the body. One of the best home remedies for cold is a warm oil massage followed by a hot bath. Hot showers heat the skin but are insufficient to heat the core of the body.
herbs & products with Cold quality
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Ayurveda's most popular herb detoxifies while it rejuvenates! Especially useful for inflammation of the GI tract.

Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Shatavari means '100 husbands', testifying to its use as a female aphrodisiac. It is a cooling, nourishing, and sweet herb that restores fluids.

Brahmi - Gotu Kola
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Famous mental rejuvenative that supports healthy brain and nervous system function.

Pitta Oil (pint)
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Balancing for Pitta types, this herbalized oil is in a sunflower, sesame and coconut oil base.

Parasite Flush Drops (2fl oz)
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
A strong antimicrobial, anti-parasite & de-worming formula balanced with herbs for sensitive digestion.

Bitter Ghee - Tikta Ghrta (9 fl oz)
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
A classic formula for Pitta Kapha disorders, irritability, liver congestion, and gall baldder stagnation.

Neem LeafVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingAdrenal EnergyVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
BhringarajVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingShatavari GheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Teeth and GumsLicorice RootVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Women's SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingAvipattikar ChurnaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Amalaki TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBhumyamalakiVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
De-StressVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingNeem TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Brahmi Oil (4oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingWitch Hazel TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Blood CleanseVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingMarshmallow Root PowderVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Neem Oil (4 fl oz)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSerenity Acid Reflux Relief TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
AnantamulVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingArjunaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Kidney Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingRed RootVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Brahmi / Gotu Kola TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingAlmond OilVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
GokshuraVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHealthy Pitta TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Licorice Ghee (9oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingLiver Heal Soothing TonicVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Shatavari TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingForsythia Fruit Powder
Healthy Hair TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingI Sleep Soundly TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingRed Root TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Wormwood TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBlack Walnut TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Frankincense (Boswellia) PowderVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHemorrhoid ReduxVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Licorice TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingMustaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Neem TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPipsissewa TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Soothing Skin BalmVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingUva UrsiVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Amalaki TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingArjuna TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Barberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBlood Cleanse TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Gentian TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGokshuradi Guggulu TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
KalmeghVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingKutkiVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
KutkiVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingLiver Formula TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Oregon Graperoot TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPeppermint SoapVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Pitta Digest TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPlantain LeafVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Pleurisy root TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingShatavari TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
aggravates these symptoms*
Presence of these symptoms may be a sign 'Cold' is aggravated in your body.
Blood and Circulation
B12 DeficiencyVata aggravatingBlood thick / Congested lymphKapha aggravating
Bluish / Purple TongueVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingBluish nail-bedsVata aggravating
Cold extremitiesVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingCold to touchVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Cramping back of legVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingFeet or Ankles SwellingKapha aggravating
Heart MurmurVata aggravatingLow blood pressureVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Low energyVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingPale TongueVata aggravating
Slow HeartbeatKapha aggravatingSweat rarelyVata aggravating
Thalassemia MinorVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingThick coating tonguePitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Tingling/NumbnessVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingWater RetentionKapha aggravating
Foot crampsVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingHair lossPitta aggravating
Muscle crampsVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingOsteoarthritisVata aggravating
Pale nail-bedsVata aggravatingThin, brittle nailsVata aggravating
Cleanse and Detox
Feel disgustingKapha aggravating
Anorexia, past or currentVata aggravatingBeansVata aggravating
Broccoli, Cauliflower, CabbageVata aggravatingBulimia, past or currentVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-creamKapha aggravatingDrink lots of waterVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Iced/cold drinksVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingLack of exerciseKapha aggravating
Raw Food / SaladsVata aggravatingSkip meals more than 2x/weekVata aggravating
Taking Enzyme SupplementsVata aggravatingWheatVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
AnemiaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingBad breathVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Colic / spasm / crampingVata aggravatingFoul taste on tongueKapha aggravating
Fructose MalabsorptionVata aggravatingGray teethVata aggravating
HiccupVata aggravatingHoarse VoiceVata aggravating
Intestine lumpy / like a ropeVata aggravatingIrregular/small appetiteVata aggravating
Nervous stomach / butterfliesVata aggravatingPain left upper abdomenKapha aggravating
Pain lower backVata aggravatingPalpable MassVata aggravating
Pancreatic InsufficiencyVata aggravatingQuickly full / early satietyVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Slow, heavy digestionVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Anxiety, fear, uncertaintyVata aggravatingAvoids coldVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Gas, irregular digestionVata aggravatingRarely ThirstyVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Thin lipsVata aggravating
Kidney Bladder Urinary
Frequent UrinationVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKidney StonesKapha aggravating
Night-time UrinationVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Mind Stress Sleep
DepressedKapha aggravatingSeizuresVata aggravating
ShakyVata aggravatingTired in morningKapha aggravating
ConstipationVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingGray StoolVata aggravating
Sausage shape with cracks on surfaceVata aggravatingShiny / oily / fatty stoolsVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Sinking stoolKapha aggravatingSoft StoolPitta aggravating
Stool thick mudPitta aggravatingUndigested food in stoolVata aggravating
Yellow stoolVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Reproductive Health
Clots in menstrual bloodKapha aggravatingDry / light periodVata aggravating
Insufficient Breast MilkVata aggravatingLow libidoVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Menstrual crampsVata aggravatingNo periodVata aggravating
Post MenopausalVata aggravating
Respiratory Health
Chronic coughVata aggravatingClear mucusVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Cough with mucus / wet coughPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingLarge amounts of mucusKapha aggravating
Limited sense of smellVata aggravatingMucus CongestionKapha aggravating
Mucus/congestion in morningsKapha aggravatingPneumoniaKapha aggravating
Post nasal dripVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingRinging earsVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Runny noseVata aggravatingSinus InfectionVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Stuffed nose (can't breathe)Vata aggravatingKapha aggravatingSwallowing mucusKapha aggravating
Thick mucusKapha aggravatingThin mucusVata aggravating
White mucusKapha aggravating
Bluish SkinVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingCelluliteKapha aggravating
Chapped lipsVata aggravatingDry skinVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Dryness AggravatesVata aggravatingEasily coldVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Pale lipsVata aggravatingPale SkinVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Purple/blue lipsVata aggravatingThick, cool skinKapha aggravating
Thin skinVata aggravating
Weight Loss
Feel underweightVata aggravatingLow basal body temperatureVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Low metabolismKapha aggravating

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