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kapha

Ayurvedic medicine
The dosha that represents the earth and water forces according to the ayurvedic construct of the universe; kapha is the densest of the elements, and is related to organic tissues, fluids and other substances. Kapha energy heals and imparts physical strength and resiliency; it flows at its peak in the winter and early spring.

kapha

(kaf'a, kap'a) [Sanskrit, kapha, mucus, phlegm]
In ayurvedic medicine, the dosha responsible for the structure of the body.
See: dosha
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The questions had three options for which the participant could choose the best-suited response referring to physical and psychological characteristics assigned to Kapha (K) Vata (V) or Pitta (P).
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According to Dr George, each human body comes under one of three categories: Vata, Pita and Kapha, each with its unique character traits.