What is Pitta

What is Pitta

Dec 29, 2022

Vedics Wellness Rituals

PITTA:  What is Pitta Dosha? The Pitta Dosha is the biological fire humor made up of fire and water. The qualities of Pitta are hot, light, dry, unstable and mobile. When our physical body is made up mostly of fire and water (Pitta) it will have following characters:

Personality And Physical Characteristics Of Pitta:

  • Medium thickness bones
  • Medium thickness skin
  • Angular face
  • Medium size lips
  • Straight hair of blond or red in color
  • Yellowing teeth
  • Easy to gain weight and easy to lose
  • More appetite
  • Very direct with their talking and answers
  • Red flushed face
  • Generally hot in body temperature
  • Workaholic
  • Addictive personality
  • Tends to criticize others
  • Competitive
  • Thrill seeker
  • May be an overachiever and perfectionist
  • Prefers cool, moist climates. Common diseases stemming from Pitta have to do with their fiery nature. They tend to like hot spicy foods when they are out of balance and tend to shy away from them when they are in balance. They are extremist in what they do and love to get a thrill.

Causes For Pitta Vitiation In The Body: 

  • Eating spicy foods
  • Spending too much time in the sun
  • Alcohol
  • Salt or salty foods

When Pitta goes out of balance in the body, meaning the fire and water qualities are too high than we see:

Effects Of Pitta Imbalance:

  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Overly critical
  • Flushed face (hot headed)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart attack
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Infection
  • Mucous of yellow or green
  • Skin rashes
  • Red eyes

Long-term illness related to Pitta include stroke and heart problems. Ayurveda treats Pitta through qualities of cold, heavy, moist and stable that is the opposites of Pitta. Ayurveda will use foods and lifestyle to bring in these qualities to balance the body.