Ayurvedic Pitta

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.
~William Shakespeare~

Pitta Dosha, Kapha Dosha and Vata Dosha are the three fundamental energies described in Ayurveda, which are solely responsible for maintaining a healthy body. Every living being has a unique proportion of these energies. This ratio further
determines the central parameters of an individual like the basic nature, the thought
process and the physical attributes. Any one of the three energies govern the
balance of the other two, which is natural!

Pitta Dosha

The Pitta Dosha is created by the equilibrium of water and fire. This particular dosha
residing in the stomach and the small intestine is responsible for
assimilation, metabolism, body temperature and skin coloration. The
constitution of Pitta dosha in the body, decides the intelligence level of an
individual. The pitta dosha directly governs the process of body
transformations thus becomes dominant in teen age of an individual.

Pitta Dosha Characteristics

Pitta dosha dominance makes an individual sharp and intelligent. They are focused and
organised by nature. The good concentration power and entrepreneurial
characteristics makes these individuals self confidant and assertive. People
with Pitta Dosha constituency can be good leaders as they are good public
speakers but love to be in command. Their good problem solving skills,
sharpness, decisiveness, bright complexion, boldness and vitality makes them
distinguished from others.

Physical Attributes

An individual having the dominant pitta dosha is:

  1. of medium height with a delicate body frame.
  2. Precipitates a lot.
  3. As the pitta dosha governs the skin coloration, these people can be of fair, coppery or yellowish skin texture. The skin is usually soft and less wrinkled.
  4. The hair type of these people is thin, silky and straight. A Pitta dosha dominant individual often suffers from premature thinning and greying of hair.
  5. The appetite is strong and supported by a healthy digestive system.

Pitta Imbalance

The imabalance in the proportion of these fundamental forces hampers fitness. When
a person suffers from Pitta Dosha imbalance;

  1. He/ she becomes angry irritable and aggressive.
  2. The individual may develop skin ailments like rashes, acne and boils.
  3. Diarrhoea and food allergies are the common illnesses caused due to Pitta imbalance.
  4. The person becomes more prone to fever and weakness due to lowered levels of sugar in the body.
  5. If not treated timely, the pitta imbalance may cause serious ailments like stomach ulcers, heart burn and acidity.
  6. Lack of concentration and disturbing dreams are also the pitta imbalance related ailments.

Healthy Pitta Diet

A correct diet is the medicine by itself. According to the science of
naturopathy, a healthy meal comprises of six tastes. Along with sweet, salty
and sour food items, the diet must include astringent, pungent and bitter taste
as well. Depending upon the nature of an individual’s proportions of doshas,
ayurveda unveils the suitable diet to match every scope. A healthy ayurvedic
diet can maintain and restore the balance of these fundamental energies. The
correct pitta diet can also rectify the imbalances at earlier stages.

The food type that restores this mind-body governing energy consists of:

  1. any thing cool or warm, but not steaming hot! As the pitta constituents facilitate strong digestive systems, the individuals can eat any thing without apprehension.
  2. The diet must include bitter and astringents tastes to bring back and maintain the levels of Pitta dosha.
  3. Moderate heavy textured food items should be consumed whilst avoiding excessive use of butter and fat.
  4. Salads and dairy products like milk and curd are exceptionally good to support the balance. The use of spices, salt and oil in the diet should be inhibited.
  5. The sour taste though should be included in the diet but with restrictions, as it triggers the imbalances. Thus, it is recommended to avoid vinegars, sour pickles, juices etc.
  6. The coffee with its acids aggravates pitta. It should be replaced by herbal tea instead!
  7. Vegetarian food works wonders for regulating the levels of Pitta. Meat in any form should be avoided as it produces body heat and thus heightens the pitta levels.

A good, healthy, fit body is not very hard to achieve! Little changes in diets
and habits bring ever lasting transformations. Ayurveda with its simple
theories teaches the methods of how could and should one lead a healthy life!

About the Author

Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at sonicakrishan@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.