Pitta dosha

Everything you need to know about Pitta and its treatment

Definition

Pitta symbolizes the elements of fire and water in the body. It is the master of controlling hormones and relevant digestive system in the body of human beings. A person suffering from Pitta dosha may experience negative emotions and feelings including anger, stress or depression.

Mostly, people with a dominant Pitta exhibit a moderate body size and level of physical activity. Such people are mostly ambitious and have a strong will-power. However, they become highly irritable, aggressive and short-tempered due to stress. Since, they can’t tolerate heat and sun; therefore they suffer from sunburns and other skin problems when over-exposed to sun or high temperatures.

Causes

Major causes of Pitta dosha in the body include dependency on a highly spicy diet, over-exposure to the sun or high temperatures, skipping the me.. als or some emotional disturbance. Pitta is most likely to be aggravated by salty and sour foods.

Symptoms

Some of the physical symptoms of Pitta dosha include feeling of heartburn within 2 or 3 hours of eating. Apart from this, Pitta dosha is also symbolized by peptic ulcers, indigestion, burning sensations, skin rashes, and excessive body heat. Pitta dosha also manifests itself in the form of behavior of a person such as short-temperedness and argumentative nature.  It is due to imbalance in the chief elements of the body including fire and water.

Ayurvedic viewpoint

According to Ayurveda, Pitta dosha is mainly an imbalance of heat and water in the body. Excess or deficiency of any of these leads to disturbance in the physical as well as mental aspects of human body.

Diet and Lifestyle Advice

For those who suffer from the problem of Pitta dosha, some changes in diet and lifestyle can help in controlling and balancing it. It includes intake of cool foods and liquids. Foods rich in sweet, bitter as well as astringent tastes are also favourable for Pitta dosha. Intake of dairy products such as milk, ghee and butter is also recommended. People with Pitta dosha can have fruits which are sweet to taste such as organs, plums, grapes, pineapples, cherries, melons, coconuts, mangoes, avocadoes, and pomegranates.

To pacify Pitta, you can also use some oils such as coconut oils and olive oil. Other dietary recommendations are use of wheat, barley, rice, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, green leafy vegetables, lettuce, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower.  To sooth down heat in the body, cardamom, cilantro, coriander, fennel and saffron may be used.

Some home remedies

Switch over to cooling, stabilizing and sweet alternatives to balance the Pitta in the body. Take proper rest and have some relaxation in the vicinity of nature each day. Go for walks in moonlight. Always have meals at proper time.  Regular massage with cooling oils such as coconut and olive oil is the best therapy. Have cooling and sweet aromas around you. These may include fennel, mint, rose, jasmine, sandalwood and lavender.

 
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