Pitta is one of the three types of doshas. The ancient system of medicine called Ayurveda teaches us that there are three basic doshas or vital energies in our body known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda believes that everything on earth including humans is made up of five elements namely space, air, fire, earth and water. These elements normally are not present equally in the doshas. Some dosha may have one or two of the elements more than other. Similarly the doshas does not exist equally and in a person one dosha may be dominant than the other two.Hence the body type depends on the type of dosha that is prevalent in a person. Each dosha describes a person’s physical and emotional makeup. Let us know what pitta dosha is and how its imbalance can affect our health.
Pitta is extremely powerful dosha and it controls various activities in our body. Pitta is made up of two elements namely fire and water. Bodily activities such as metabolism, heat, body temperature, as well as transformation of mind and body are controlled by pitta dosha. Pitta mainly deals with digestion and metabolic process.Any imbalance of pitta in the body can cause derangement in digestion and metabolism. When there is imbalance of pitta dosha, person may suffer from certain symptoms. It is important to know the symptoms of increased pitta in the body so that you can prevent the diseases that develop as a result of pitta imbalance.
Here are some of the prominent symptoms of increased pitta in the body:
- Burning within and on the surface of body is characteristic symptom of increased level of pitta in the body.
- Increased amount of thirst and hunger. Since pitta has predominance of fire element, person has increased thirst and hunger all the time.
- Person with pitta imbalance experiences trouble in sleep.
- Increased craving to eat and drink cold since the body is not able to control too much of heat generated due to increase in pitta.
- Unable to bear heat of sun or stay long time in warm water.
- People with elevated pitta level in the body sweat more. The sweat smells foul.
- Increased acidity and hot flashes
- Nausea and vomiting are common finding with increased pitta.
- Frustration, jealousy, anger, criticism are all characteristic features when your body has increased pitta.
- Imbalance of pitta is usually at the root of all inflammatory condition in the body. This can affect various organs.
- Premature aging and graying of hair.
- Person has intolerance to spicy and oily food.
- Wound and ulcers which does not heal easily.
- Skin rashes and itching.
- Discharge of pus from the body and frequent tendency to suppuration.
- Arthritis and inflammation of joints.
How to Balance Pitta in the Body:
When there is imbalance of pitta or a rise in level of pitta in the body you need to follow certain measures that will help to normalize the level of pitta in the body.
- Avoid hot temperature and hot food
- Avoid eating excessive and spicy food.
- Drink enough amount of cool water
- Avoid eating chillies, citrus fruits, pickles, and deep fried food.
- Eat foods that are cool and calming. Coconut and coconut water, cucumber, rice, beans, steamed vegetables are all calming foods when you are suffering from increased pitta.
- Fennel seeds are good to reduce body heat. Soak a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a glass of water. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Boil and keep in the refrigerator for cooling. Drink this water twice in a day when you are having increased level of pitta in the body.
- Practice yoga and meditation. Exercise daily in calm atmosphere.
- Massage your body regularly