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Steady Which makes kapha types self-contained. Bodily processes do not swing to extremes. Their bodies remain unaffected by changes that would throw other body types out of balance.
Soft Leading to a wide variety of characteristics such as soft skin and hair, soft manners, a soft look in the eyes and an undemanding approach to situations.
Slow  As expressed in the typically slow, fluid movements of kapha people along with slow speech and deliberate thinking.
Cold Prone to chest congestion, blocks sinuses and other mucus problems.
Oily Oily skin and hair. Joints and organs are well lubricated.

Active periods of each dosha

Kapha 6 a.m. -  10 a.m. & 6 p.m.  -  10 p.m.
Pitta 10 a.m. -  2 p.m. & 10 p.m.  -  2 a.m.
Vata 2 p.m. -  6 p.m. & 2 a.m.  -  6 a.m.

This is usually translated as 'body tissue'. The real meaning of dhatus are those substances and structures which are retained by the body and always rejuvenated or replenished. They are natural part of the body's constitution and give the body its physical strength, structural integrity and function. There are seven dhatus which compose the retainable structures and substances of the body.



The nutrient fluid or plasma that forms the basis for blood


Blood that governs oxygenation of all tissues and organs.


Muscle tissue that protects the vital organs, performs movement of joints.

Meda (fat)

Maintains the lubrication of the tissues and serves as insulating material to protect body heat.


Bones and cartilage that gives support to the body's structure.


Bone marrow that fills up the bony spaces and nerve tissues carries motor and sensory impulses and facilitates communication among body cells and organs.


The reproductive tissue of sperm and ovum.

The dhatus are listed in the above manner because they develop in the body in a fixed sequential manner one from the other. Each succeeding dhatu is a metabolic refinement of

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