Pitta is the second Dosha of the Tridosha theory. Imagine a hot, sweaty, and burning summer day. This is said to be a Pitta prominent day. Through understanding its constituents, we can understand more about Pitta.
PITTA DOSHA CONSTITUENTS
Pitta Dosha’s intensity is sparked by the fire element and their action by the water element. When fire and water combine, it produces steam and this is part of the penetrating feature of pitta. Due to its heat summer season is also called the Pitta season.
Every living creature continuously transforms from one form to another at a certain pace. This continuous transformation which is emblematic of development is because of the fire element. For example, in order for a fruit to ripe, it needs heat and warmth. Similarly, for an egg to hatch, it needs to be kept at higher temperatures. This means that fire element is responsible for the changes and transformation happening in the universe. All these are constituents of Pitta Dosha.
The physical and emotional transformations such as digestion process, aging, anger, fear, etc is due to Pitta Dosha.
Like other doshas, pitta is also located in a few of the regions in our body. They are Duodenum, Lymphatic system, skin, stomach, sweat and blood.
Properties of Pitta Dosha:
- Pungent Smelly.
Work of Pitta Dosha in our body:
- Regulates the digestion process.
- Maintains the body temperature.
- Regulates Eyesight.
- Is responsible for hunger, taste, and thirst in our body.
- Maintains color, shine and softness of our skin.
- Helps in strong grasping power.
- Is responsible for emotions such as courage.
Symptoms of imbalance of Pitta Dosha
- Feeling of intense hunger, or thirst. Often feels unsatisfied.
- Nausea, vomiting, hiccups, acid reflux, heartburn, loose stools, diarrhea, low blood sugar, and resentment to spicy or fried foods.
- Feeling Impatient or Frustrated. Overly goal/result oriented, Resentment, Jealousy, Judgemental
- Bad breath or Body odour.
- Dizziness and/or Insomnia.
- Tenderness of breasts, nipples or testicles. Heavy bleeding during menstruation.
- Weakening of eyesight and other vision problems.
- Skin conditions such as rash, acne, eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis
How to manage Pitta Imbalance
Through the Pitta Diet.
- Include sweet, bitter and astringent foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, barley, oats, milk, butter and ghee. Foods rich in the bitter tastes include green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and bitter gourd.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods which include condiments such as chillies and mustard.
- Minimize sour and salty foods such as yogurt, or salted chips.
- Minimize drinks such as alcohol or sugar based sodas. Replace it with cool, refreshing drinks such as herbal or mint teas.
- Prefer sweet fruits over sour ones such as oranges or grapefruits.
- Raw vegetables can also lower Pitta Dosha.
- Include cooling herbs such as coriander, mint and fennels.
- Many Yoga Asanas help in cooling the Pitta Dosha, and lower the heat in our body.
- Some of the Yoga Postures that will help with Pitta Dosha are:
- Child’s posture (Shishu asana)
- Chair posture (Utkatasana)
- Cobra posture (Bhujangasana)
- Superman posture (Vipareeta Shalabhasana)
- Bridge posture (Setubandhasana)
- Corpse posture (Shavasana)
- Other than this meditation also helps in cooling down our mind due to Pitta imbalance. FInd solace and coolness in meditation in times of anger and fear.
Protect yourself from the heat.
- During the summer season, avoid direct exposure from the midday sun.
- Absorb the moonlight, by going on a walk in the evenings.
- Wear protection while facing the sun.
- Go to bed before 10 p.m.
- Do your exercise or sports activities either in morning or evening. Do not indulge in them during the noon time.