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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 $10.44
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.

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.

Avipattikar Churna
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$11.95
Ayurveda's classic, soothing digestive that won't aggravate heat, irritation or inflammation in the GI tract.

Brahmi - Gotu Kola
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$8.50
Feel calm and clear! Famous mental rejuvenative that supports healthy brain and nervous system function.

Shatavari GheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingBitter Ghee - Tikta Ghrta (9 fl oz)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Parasite Flush DropsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPitta Massage OilVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Healthy Hair TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem LeafVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Shatavari TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingCoconut Rose Face Cleansing Cream by Ajara (2 ...Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Licorice RootVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDental DelightVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Liver Nourish & SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSerenity Acid Reflux Relief TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Brahmi Oil (4oz)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBhringarajVata pacifyingPitta pacifying
I Sleep Soundly TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingTulsi Neem Skin Cream by Ajara (.67 oz.)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Kidney Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingStomach Ulcer TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Ashokarishta- Menstrual Tonic Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingFood Allergy Healing TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Neem Oil (4 fl oz)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingNeem TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Red Root TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingDe-StressVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Soothing Skin BalmVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingVidariVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Anti-Diarrhea TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingArjunaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Barberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingBlack Walnut TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Crohn's Calming TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGentian TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
GokshuraVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHemorrhoid ReduxVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingPipsissewa TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Women's SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCramp Bark TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
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.
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

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.


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