An ancient medicinal system developed thousand years ago in India, Ayurveda is a concept based on two principles – body and mind are interconnected, and the mind is powerful enough to heal the body. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word where Ayur means life or longevity and Veda means knowledge or science. Ayurveda is a life science that helps us to bring awareness and heal ourselves.

The ancient holistic healing system aims to keep the mind and body in coordination by balancing the doshas or energies. Our body is the combination of three Doshas. These Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, where every individual’s body has one dosha in dominance than the other or a combination of different dosha types. These doshas are believed to circulate in the body and govern the mental, physical, and emotional characteristics.

According to Ayurveda, health is achieved through the balancing of these doshas, which can be influenced by age, diet, and climate. These doshas are the combination of five elements – space, earth, water, air, and fire.

Explaining the Pitta Dosha in Ayurveda, the blog enlightens you on its different aspects.

What is Pitta Dosha in Ayurveda?

Pitta Dosha is the combination of fire and water and controls the metabolic system, heat, transformation, and temperature of the body and mind. It also controls digestion and hormones linked to appetite.

Main Qualities of Pitta Dosha

The qualities of pitta dosha are hot, intense, bitter, light, and spreading. People with pitta dominance have usually fiery bodies and minds.

People with Pitta Dosha

Pitta Dosha people are of medium build, both in height and weight, they have good digestion, and strong thirst and appetite. Their personality traits include dominant, strong-willed, ambitious, decisive, and determined.

Pitta imbalance causes irritation, angry, aggressive and critical behaviors, and being judgemental. They can also suffer extreme body heat, heartburn, acidic stomach, peptic ulcers, indigestion, and oversensitive skin.  

Emotional Characteristic of people with Pitta

People with Pitta dominance have a powerful intellect and strong ability to focus and concentrate. When they’re in balance, they make a great speaker, and also are precise, direct, and overspoken.

Signs of Excess Pitta

Pitta imbalance of sign of excess pitta accumulation in the body results in:

  • Acidic reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn
  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Excessive sweating
  • Uncomfortable feeling of body heat
  • Anger irritability, and frustration
  • Extreme perfectionist tendencies
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Acute inflammation in the body or joints
  • Impatience, intolerance, criticism, judgment

Cause of Excess Pitta

Climate, age, and diet influence the imbalance of the doshas, for excess pitta in the body, responsible reasons are:

  • Emotional stress
  • Exposure to chemicals and sun
  • Eating a pitta-provoking diet

Balancing of Pitta

Balancing Pitta is required and can be done using natural methods and lifestyle change. Pitta is hot, sharp, pungent, sour and penetrating, and to balance Pitta Dosha make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing.

  • Firstly, avoid skipping your meals and eat a balanced diet.
  • Wear clothing of cooler tones like blue, green, or silver.
  • Laughter Therapy helps a lot.
  • Spend time in nature near water bodies.
  • Massage helps to cool you down- use coconut or olive oils.
  • Aromatherapy helps – Sandalwood, rose, jasmine, fennel, lavender, and chamomile are recommended.

Feeding the inner fire

Balancing the dosha is very much dependent on the Ayurveda Diet; the right kind of food either pacifies or aggravates the dosha. Pitta Dosha in Ayurveda recommends eating cool foods and liquids. The combination of sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes is best and should reduce the intake of pungent, sour, and salty food.

What to Eat?

1. Dairy products help balance the Pitta heat, and one should consume ghee, milk, and butter. Yogurt, cheese, and sour cream should be used sparingly, as the sour taste of these items aggravates Pitta.

2. Use oil that pacifies pitta like olive, coconut, and sunflower, and avoid sesame, almond, and corn oil.

3. Avoid eating corn, millet, rye, and brown rice, instead eat wheat, oats, rice, and barley. Consume all legumes and avoid lentils.

4. Sweeter fruits are better than the citric/sour fruits. So you can have melons, grapes, cherries, avocados, mangoes, coconut, and avoid grapefruits, berries, apricots, etc.

5. Include vegetables like okra, cucumbers, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, lettuce, potatoes, celery, and cauliflower. Avoid tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, garlic, radish, spinach, eggplant, and onions.

6. If using seasoning, prefer coriander, cilantro, saffron, fennel, and cardamom over the ginger, fenugreek, black pepper, mustard seeds, cumin, clove, and salt. 

Yoga and Meditation to Help

Yoga and meditation practice also supports you to balance the dosha. For pitta people, the practice of meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises are highly recommended to slow down and calm the mind.

Yoga:Restorative and Yin Yoga is the best options for you to rejuvenate and refresh. The asanas of these forms include forward bends and twists. Yoga asanas that benefit pitta people include- Moon Salutation, Standing forward bend, Child’s Pose, Spinal twist, etc.

Pranayama: Calming and Cooling breathing practice like Sheetali and Sheetkari Pranayama are ideal for Pitta people.

Meditation: Meditation is a wonderful practice to channel the Pitta Dosha naturally and also helps in relieving stress, increase awareness, balance emotions, brings clarity, and cultivates patience and compassion. Bring change in lifestyle and adapt Ayurveda way of living to center the body, mind, and soul while keeping the Doshas in balance.

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