Pitta governs the heat, metabolism, and the transformation of the mind and body.
It regulates the way you digest your food and the way you metabolize it. Overall, the Pitta dosha is responsible for the digestive fire (Agni) in your body.
The article will tell you about the pitta characteristics, management, and the ability to balance it if aggravated.
What Is Pitta Dosha?
The Pitta is the hottest, sharpest, and oiliest dosha of your body. It will control your metabolism, digestion, and the energy production.
If you have dominant Pitta dosha that means you have firey nature in your mind and body. The Pitta dosha characteristics are hot, penetrating, intense, sharp, acidic, light, pungent, and intense. The Pitta is medium in size and weight.
If your prominent dosha is Pitta dosha, you must have bright red hair and hair thinning is common to you. Moreover, your strong digestive power is excellent which makes you eat anything at any time. You have a sound sleep for short periods and often a strong sex drive.
When your Pitta is regulated you have a lustrous shining complexion, excellent digestion, boost of energy, and a good appetite. When its aggravated you might face digestive issues and skin issues.
Additionally, you have strong concentration power and intellect. You can be the best decision maker, speaker, and teachers in the balanced state due to their precise, outspoken and sharp mind.
How Pitta Imbalance Occurs? (Excessive State)
There are many causes that trigger Pitta imbalance. Also, you will notice different symptoms in these conditions.
When These Are ‘Too Much’ Pitta Is Increased/Aggravated:
- Food – Pitta balance is provoked in your body when you take too much pungent, sour, salty, spicy, deep fried, and processed food. Overall, very heavy food aggravates your Pitta
- Oily– Pitta is affected by excessively humid weather and greasy fried foods. As pitta is already oily so an excess of oil imbalances it
- Change – Due to unusual meal-timing, uneven schedule, and change of season Pitta dosha can go out of balance.
- Drinks: Too much of coffee, black tea, smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs also stimulate Pitta
- Too much exposure to the sun can also aggravate Pitta.
- Stimulation – When you take too much stress, and at the same time don’t rest appropriately your Pitta imbalances.
Pitta Dosha Signs And Symptoms (Pitta Imbalance)
Down below is a list of symptoms that you will see if your Pitta is aggravated.
These symptoms may vary from person to person in tier severity and occurrence.
- You may have red inflamed pimples or acne
- Skin rashes and cold sores might also occur
- There might be a moderate to acute inflammation in your body and joints
- Acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, and flatulence are your regular issues
- You feel nausea or discomfort when you miss your meals
- Your bowel movement is soft and loose
- You feel a rush of heat in your body
- You feel frustrated, irritable, and angry at times
- Eager to judgment, impatience, criticism, and intolerance are your qualities
- Your eyes are red, inflamed, and light-sensitive
- You have an extra perfectionist attitude
Diseases Caused Due To Pitt Dosha Imbalance (Excessive State):
Though Pitta imbalance diseases are many according to Charaka Samhita, the prime disorders associated with
- Acne, pimples
- Eczema, suntan, and dermatitis
- Acid reflux
- Peptic ulcers
- Blood clot
- Kidney infection
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Sensitive eye, Poor vision or blindness
- Autoimmune disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders/ depression
How To Balance Pitta?
If you find your Pitta is out of balance then you should maintain these guidelines:
Pitta Dosha Treatment (What To Do)
1. A Pitta Pacifying Diet
Your diet can be a game changer. A pitta pacifying diet and food can correct the imbalance within in few weeks if take consistently. Take a lot of dairy products, consume sweet fruits, and dairy products to reduce the heat in the body. You can find extensive Pitta pacifying food list here.
2. Balance Your Work Pace
Balancing your activities and rest is important for Pitta. Long working hours with minimum or no rest can make it worse.
Try to find out a balance between your work time and rest time. Give your body and mind time to relax and unwind itself.
Be careful long working hours and long resting time both are not good. Thus, maintain a constant work period of 9 am to 6 pm accompanied by 7-8 hours of sleep is good enough for you. Follow a Pitta-balancing daily routine to pacify the aggravated Pitta in your body.
3. Be With Nature
A fifteen-minute walk in the early morning or late evening is good for your body.
If you have time you can even go for ocean swimming, vacation on hills or wherever you are surrounded by nature. Nature has the ability to heal your mind and body.
4. Don’t Skip Meals
Pitta cannot do without food. You might feel you are able to skip a meal but never do this as it is not good for your digestive system. Maintain a constant meal time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Meditation gives a break to overly heated Pitta. It soothes and calms down your mind. Also be grateful to what you have and what you achieved.
6. Be Joyful
Be happy and joyful. Sit with your friends and family share your feelings, enjoy with them, and laugh with them.
7. Go For Massage
Massaging your body with warm oil or Pitta pacifying oil can be comforting to you.
8. Yoga For Pitta Balance
Few good postures that can help you pacify your pitta are as follows:
- Cat stretch
- Child’s pose
- Moon salutation
- Chair posture
- Cobra posture
- Superman posture
- Bridge posture
- Corpse posture
- Yogic breath
- Half shoulder stand
- Seated forward bend
- Cobra posture
- Seated forward bend
- Superman posture
- Corpses posture
9. Herbal Medicines For Pitta
The following are the ayurvedic medicines that you can use restore your Pitta. These medicines are to be taken regularly twice a day until your condition is better.
However, if you have chronic issues it is better to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner.
The medicines are:
- Amlapittari Vati: It is for hyperacidity
- Avipattikar Churna: You can use it for digestive issues like gas, bloating, or hyperacidity
- Yashtimadhu: It is used to treat acid peptic diseases
- Nishamalaki: It is an anti-allergic herb
10. Wear Cool Clothing
Go for cool cloth like purple, blue, pink, etc. The best color for Pitta is white. Be careful to wear light cool color clothes especially in summer season.
11. Avoid Fumes
Try not going into places where lots of chemical or fumes are present. Overall polluted places are not good for your pitta so be away from such areas.
12. Be Emotionally Strong
A pitta aggravated state can make you emotionally weak. Too much stress can make you depressed, anxious, and sad. So, keep yourself at moderate levels you can do so by sharing your emotions with your family and friends.
What To Avoid?
- Over riped or over sweet fruits
- Too much of work or activity
- Too much stress
- Being too Emotional
- Heavy foods like fried foods, very spicy foods, and refine processed products
- Limit your self to caffeine. Avoid too much of coffee or tea
- Avoid alcohol or drugs