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Nature's Healing Qualities: The Gunas:Cold
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. 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. 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 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.
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Licorice RootVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingBrahmi Oil (4oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Liver Nourish & SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem LeafVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Serenity Acid Reflux Relief TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBhringarajVata pacifyingPitta pacifying
Dental DelightVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingFood Allergy Healing TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Red Root TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingTulsi Neem Skin Cream by Ajara (.67 oz.)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Women's SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGokshuraVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Healthy Hair TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingI Sleep Soundly TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Neem Oil (4 fl oz)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingKidney Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Neem TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBarberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Stomach Ulcer TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingArjunaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Ashokarishta- Menstrual Tonic Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBlack Walnut TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Gentian TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHemorrhoid ReduxVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Kutki TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingOats, Fresh Milky Seed TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
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Cramp Bark TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingCrohn's Calming TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Pitta 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.
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
Feel disgustingKapha aggravatingAnorexia, past or currentVata aggravating
BeansVata aggravatingBroccoli, Cauliflower, CabbageVata aggravating
Bulimia, past or currentVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingDairy/milk/cheese/ice-creamKapha aggravating
Drink lots of waterVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingIced/cold drinksVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Lack of exerciseKapha aggravatingRaw Food / SaladsVata aggravating
Skip meals more than 2x/weekVata aggravatingTaking Enzyme SupplementsVata aggravating
WheatVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingAnemiaVata aggravatingPitta 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 aggravatingAnxiety, fear, uncertaintyVata aggravating
Avoids coldVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingGas, irregular digestionVata aggravating
Rarely ThirstyVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingThin lipsVata aggravating
Frequent UrinationVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKidney StonesKapha aggravating
Night-time UrinationVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingDepressedKapha aggravating
Dizzy / Light-headedVata aggravatingSeizuresVata aggravating
ShakyVata aggravatingTired in morningKapha aggravating
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 aggravatingYellow stoolVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Clots in menstrual bloodKapha aggravatingDry / light periodVata aggravating
Insufficient Breast MilkVata aggravatingLow libidoVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Menstrual crampsVata aggravatingNo periodVata aggravating
Post MenopausalVata aggravatingChronic coughVata aggravating
Clear mucusVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingCough with mucus / wet coughPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Large amounts of mucusKapha aggravatingLimited sense of smellVata aggravating
Mucus CongestionKapha aggravatingMucus/congestion in morningsKapha aggravating
PneumoniaKapha aggravatingPost nasal dripVata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Ringing earsVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingRunny noseVata aggravating
Sinus InfectionVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingStuffed nose (can't breathe)Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Swallowing mucusKapha aggravatingThick mucusKapha aggravating
Thin mucusVata aggravatingWhite 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 aggravatingFeel underweightVata aggravating
Low basal body temperatureVata aggravatingKapha aggravatingLow metabolismKapha aggravating

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