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Nature's Healing Qualities: The Gunas:Cold
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Cold Ayurvedic Perspectives
Cold
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 while watching your favorite movie and 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 Heeled Shoes, & Aging

It takes work to keep your body warm. We all work hard to reduce drafts in our homes during the winter. Under-dressing for winter leaks your vital energy. Something as simple as toeless high heels could create a big 'draft' in the body, sapping your strength. A 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 your body is cold, it 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, as long as you wipe off all the excess before going outside. A pinch of turmeric keeps circulation strong.

Cold restricts all fluid motion, slowing the body's 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 creates 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. If your stomach is cold it will feel heavy. For this reason, cold foods are contraindicated for all three doshas.

When you eat cooling foods your eyes will feel refreshed, your forehead will feel cool, and your emotions will feel calm.

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 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 then lead to a rise in blood pressure. The kidneys compensate by filtering water from the blood which causes 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 it is threatened by infection or cold temperatures. Many diseases in Ayurveda are named after patterns, like the aforementioned example of the common cold.

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 (like cloves and turmeric), ghee, extra layers of clothing, and exercise all help warm the body. Hot showers heat the skin but are insufficient to heat the core of the body. One of the best home remedies for cold is giving yourself a warm oil massage followed by a hot bath.
herbs & products with Cold quality
Amalaki
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$8.95
Ayurveda's most popular herb detoxifies while it rejuvenates! Especially useful for inflammation of the GI tract.

Adrenal Energy
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$11.60
Increase endurance and resistance to stress with this adaptogenic blend of herbs to rebuild your depleted adrenals. Helpful for fatigue with mood swings, and the very sensitive.

Shatavari
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
$10.95
Shatavari means '100 husbands', testifying to its use as a female aphrodisiac. It is a cooling, nourishing, and sweet herb that restores fluids.

Shatavari Ghee
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
$18.15
Ayurveda's famous female reproductive tonic. Shatavari addresses a wide range of issues such as infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome, low sex-drive, and increasing breast-milk production.

Bitter Ghee - Tikta Ghrta (9 fl oz)
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$19.25
A classic formula for Pitta Kapha disorders, irritability, liver congestion, and gall baldder stagnation.

Blood Cleanse
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$11.60
Enjoy clear, healthy skin, and a clear mind with Blood Cleanse. This detoxifying, anti-inflammatory formula cleanses & purifies the blood while easing liver toxicity.

Brahmi - Gotu KolaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingAvipattikar ChurnaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Parasite Flush DropsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingShatavari TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Pitta Massage OilVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingLicorice RootVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Coconut Rose Face Cleansing Cream by Ajara (2 ...Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem LeafVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Brahmi Oil (4oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingLiver Nourish & SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Dental DelightVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHealthy Hair TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
BhringarajVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingSerenity Acid Reflux Relief TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
I Sleep Soundly TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingTulsi Neem Skin Cream by Ajara (.67 oz.)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Food Allergy Healing TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGokshuraVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Kidney Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingRed Root TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Ashokarishta- Menstrual Tonic Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem Oil (4 fl oz)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Stomach Ulcer TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingWomen's SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Barberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Anti-Diarrhea TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingArjunaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Black Walnut TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCrohn's Calming TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
De-StressVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingGentian TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Hemorrhoid ReduxVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingOats, Fresh Milky Seed TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Pipsissewa TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSoothing Skin BalmVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Uva UrsiVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingWormwood TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Cramp Bark TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingPitta Shiro Oil (128 oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
aggravates these symptoms*
Presence of these symptoms may be a sign 'Cold' is aggravated in your body.
Blood and Circulation
AnemiaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingB12 DeficiencyVata aggravating
Blood thick / Congested lymphKapha aggravatingBluish / Purple TongueVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Bluish nail-bedsVata aggravatingCold extremitiesVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Cold to touchVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingCramping back of legVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Feet or Ankles SwellingKapha aggravatingHeart MurmurVata aggravating
Low blood pressureVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingLow energyVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Pale TongueVata aggravatingSlow HeartbeatKapha aggravating
Sweat rarelyVata aggravatingThalassemia MinorVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Thick coating tonguePitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingTingling/NumbnessVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Water RetentionKapha aggravating
Bones
Foot crampsVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingHair lossPitta aggravating
Muscle crampsVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingOsteoarthritisVata aggravating
Pale nail-bedsVata aggravatingThin, brittle nailsVata aggravating
Thin, lanky, slim with thin musclesVata aggravating
Cleanse and Detox
Feel disgustingKapha aggravating
Diet
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
Digestion
Colic / spasm / crampingVata aggravatingFoul taste on tongueKapha aggravating
Fruits Cause GasVata aggravatingGas, irregular digestionVata aggravating
Gray teethVata aggravatingHiccupVata aggravating
Hoarse VoiceVata aggravatingIntestine lumpy / like a ropeVata aggravating
Irregular/small appetiteVata aggravatingNervous stomach / butterfliesVata aggravating
Pain left upper abdomenKapha aggravatingPain lower backVata aggravating
Palpable MassVata aggravatingPancreatic InsufficiencyVata aggravating
Quickly full / early satietyVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingRarely ThirstyVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Slow, heavy digestionVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Kidney Bladder Urinary
Frequent UrinationVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKidney StonesKapha aggravating
Night-time UrinationVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Lifestyle
Avoids coldVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Mind Stress Sleep
Anxiety, fear, uncertaintyVata aggravatingDepressedKapha aggravating
Dizzy / Light-headedVata aggravatingSeizuresVata aggravating
ShakyVata aggravatingTired in morningKapha aggravating
Poop
3+ bowel movements a dayVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingConstipationVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Gray StoolVata aggravatingSausage shape with cracks on surfaceVata aggravating
Shiny / oily / fatty stoolsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingSinking stoolKapha aggravating
Soft StoolPitta aggravatingStool thick mudPitta aggravating
Undigested food in stoolVata 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
Skin
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 lipsVata aggravatingThin skinVata aggravating
Weight Loss
Feel underweightVata aggravatingLow basal body temperatureVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Low metabolismKapha aggravating

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