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understanding the pitta dosha

understanding the pitta dosha

by April 5, 2012

Take this quiz to know your dosha type. This post provides a detailed overview of the pitta dosha – qualities, what causes pitta imbalances and how to restore pitta balance.

Before I talk about the pitta dosha, I want you to understand that all three doshas are present in us, with one or two doshas being the most prominent. These prominent doshas determine our physical, physiological, and psychological qualities.

Pitta is composed of two elements – fire (agni) and water (jal). This dosha manifests itself as energy or the fire we need to stabilize biochemical processes in the body. It controls metabolism, body temperature, nutrition, intelligence, and understanding. Pitta also controls the psychological feelings of hate and jealousy.

The seat of the pitta is the small intestine, the eyes, the skin, and the stomach.

Physical Qualities

People with a dominant pitta have a delicate, slender body frame and are usually of medium height. Veins are somewhat prominent. The body is studded with brown or bluish freckles or moles.

They have a very strong metabolism, because of which they have huge appetites. People with a dominant pitta have warm hands and feet.

Pitta folks have excellent comprehension skills and are good speakers. Their psychological tendencies deviate towards hate, jealousy, and anger.

Emotional and Psychological Attributes

Pitta people are –

  • Ambitious
  • Sensitive
  • Passionate
  • Romantic
  • Intelligent
  • Outspoken
  • Lazy
  • Argumentative

If your dominant dosha is pitta, it’s likely you get angry or agitated easily and like being in command of things. Pitta people also have great management and leadership skills, and find themselves in professions such as those of teachers, leaders, and speakers.

When imbalanced, pitta people can be judgmental and highly critical of themselves and others around them. They’re also very stubborn, assertive, and authoritarian.

Imbalances in the pitta

The pitta controls metabolic processes in the body. Any element that disrupts this also causes the pitta to become imbalanced.

People with an imbalanced pitta may have the following symptoms:

  • Highly argumentative
  • Controlling
  • Hostile
  • Night sweats
  • Weakness
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Food allergies

Keeping the pitta balanced

Irrespective of your dosha type, it’s very important to keep them balanced. A balanced dosha not only makes you feel healthy, it also helps you achieve tasks that a misbalanced dosha will stop you from doing.

Here are a few tips on keeping the pitta balanced –

  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Avoid excessively oily, hot, and salty food.
  • Choose cooler climates to live and work in.
  • Wear soothing colors like blue and green to balance pitta.
  • Avoid conflicts.
  • Practice meditation or yoga to stay calm.
  • Eat a small amount of fennel seeds or green cardamom after meals.

Look out for the next post! I am going to share some amazing recipes for vata people, using foods that keep your dosha balanced.

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