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Pitta Dosha: Meaning, causes, symptoms and treatment

  • Posted on- Oct 19, 2015
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The Pitta dosha is characterized as the energy of digestion and metabolism. It represents the fire element in the body that helps in digestion and other metabolic activities. The dominated area of pitta is the digestive system of the body. It involves the action of enzymes and ability to think by regulation of neurotransmitter. Pitta resides in the intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, eyes, and skin of the body. The function of pitta is identified by the regulation of digestion, assimilation, absorption, nutrition, metabolism, body temperature, skin coloration, eye lustre, intelligence, and understanding. It helps you to grasp the things and differentiate between good and bad.

The pitta people have well built physique with medium height. They have yellowish, reddish or fair complexion and the skin is soft, shiny and warm. The face is heart shaped and the nails are generally soft. Any imbalance in pitta leads to problems like anger, criticism, negative emotions, acidity, mouth ulcers, heart problems, skin rashes and hair loss. The vitiation in pitta can lead to many health problems. Some of them are skin rashes, inflammations of the skin, sunburns, acne, boils, skin cancer, and burning eyes, hair loss, premature greying of hair and baldness.

The psychological effects of pitta include good metabolic activities, good digestive fire and strong appetites. Foods with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes are much liked by the pitta people. They usually take a medium sleep and remain fresh throughout the day. The body of these people remain warm due to high body temperature and they produce a large volume of urine and the faeces.

The positive aspects of pitta include good memory and understanding. They are more goal oriented, focused and leader by nature. They are desirous for name and fame in society. In contrast to that the negative aspects includes the aggressive, irritating and orthodox nature. They are impatient in nature and gets angry very easily.

Symptoms that indicate a pitta imbalance

Major causes of a pitta imbalance
  • Eating too much hot, spicy, or fried food
  • Eating too much sour or fermented food
  • Prolonged fasting
  • Summer season
  • Exposure to toxins, chemicals, or allergens
  • Pitta-type emotions, including anger, aggression, hate, competitiveness, comparison, judgement, and criticism

How to balance pitta dosha?

Pitta is responsible for promoting intelligence and understanding in an individual. It is very essential to maintain a balance in the ratio of pitta dosha in order to live a moderate life. By keeping certain things in mind you can easily balance pitta in your body.
  • Avoid eating excessive hot, oily, steamy and salty foods.
  • Food with sweet, bitter, and astringent taste is highly recommended.
  • Practice meditation daily to avoid negative thoughts.
  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol and fermented food.
  • Avoid overeating.
  • Use of cool and calm colour is recommended for pitta people.

It is very important to make a balance in the pitta dosha in the body in order to remain healthy. A balance in pitta dosha brings intelligence and understanding to you and helps to maintain the proper functioning of various metabolism of the body.


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