Kaphaja Kasa – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

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By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Kaphaja Kasa means cough produced by vitiated kapha. It is one among the five types of cough. Due to the impact and obstruction of kapha and blockage of pathways of vata by kapha, this cough presents with chest congestion and consolidation of phlegm. The quantity of phlegm expectorated in this cough will be more than that in vataja and pittaja types of cough.
Read – Charaka Kasa Chikitsa – 18th Chapter

Causative factors

Excessive consumption of –

  • heavy-to-digest foods
  • foods which cause too much ooze and flow
  • sweet tasting foods
  • unctuous / oily foods

Related to activities and lifestyle

Pathogenesis

The kapha aggravated by the above etiological factors will obstruct vata and cause kaphaj type of cough.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Expectorated thick sputum
  • Phlegm is more in quantity
  • Phlegm is unctuous and sweet in taste
  • During coughing the person feels as…

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