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Pitta Dosha, Properties and Various functions

Pitta formed from fire and water, governs all heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. The whole chemical process including enzymes, immune power, hormones, nerves and the nutritional system attributes to pitta. Pitta governs the ability to digest ideas and impressions that helps the human body to perceive the true nature of reality.

According to ancient Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, pitta, functions in digestion, heat production, provides color to the blood, provides vision and skin luster. It organizes all the body activities after transformation. The transformation of foods into nutrients assimilated by the human body is one of the functions of pitta. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.

Properties of pitta

The various properties of pitta are oily, penetrating, hot, light, unpleasant odour, spreading nature and liquid form. Among the organs major site of pitta is navel, the other sites are blood and lymph, eyes, skin, stomach, upper part of small intestine and sweat.

People with pitta as predominant have the qualities of fire. Pitta people have warm bodies, penetrating ideas and sharp intelligence. People are of average build, height and weight. They tend to be strong with good stamina. They are the most balanced physically and have lighter coloured hair, fairer skin, blue or green eyes. Pitta people tend to have a strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They tend to suffer from diseases like jaundice, inflammatory diseases, fevers, burning sensation and sore throats.

Various functions provided by pitta

- Thermogenesis- maintains the proper body temperature

- Metabolism or transformation- starting from digestion of food to transformation of all other materials

- Appetite- the feeling of hunger and thirst

- Comprehension of information into knowledge also includes reasoning and judgment

- Courage and braveness to face the situation

- Converts external images into optic nerve impulses

- Provides colour and softness to the skin

Various effects of balanced pitta

- Good complexion with healthy facial tone

- Lustrous and slightly wavy hair

- Strong and complete digestion

- Efficient assimilation of foods

- Normal heat and thirst mechanisms

- Open intellect with good concentration on the truth

How to balance pitta dosha?

Imbalanced pitta results in incomplete digestion, irregular body temperatures, loss of energy and variable skin color. To balance pitta one should avoid excessive heat, oil and steam. Salt intake should also be restricted. One should eat cooling and non-spicy foods.

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