Understanding Pitta: Fire and Transformation
Dominant elements: Fire & Water
Dominant principle: Metabolism
Qualities of Pitta:
People with Pitta dominant constitution have medium frames with medium shoulders and hips and normal joints. Their fingers and toes are medium in length. Their body frame and height are generally proportional and balanced. Generally Pitta people have soft, lustrous and warm skin. They may have many freckles and moles. The hair is soft and silky with a tendency towards early greying and premature balding. Their face is usually angular with a medium sized mouth.
Pitta people are strong and forceful in their dealings. they are dedicated to the practical side of life. When permitted, they are domineering. They are inherently ambitious, courageous and intelligent. They have a tendency towards feelings of anger and jealousy and can be cruel and hurtful towards others. They make friends easily, especially if they perceive them useful. Their innate arrogance and cleverness can make them intolerant and impatient with others. Pitta people are very good at decision making as well as planning and organising. They tend to be good leaders.
Pitta in Balance
A balance of pitta in the body brings a healthy appetite and thirst, balanced production of hormones and enzymes, intelligence, courage, flexibility, a glowing complexion and strong eyesight.
Pitta out of Balance
Signs of an increase in pitta include an aversion to heat, a sour or bitter taste in the mouth, and reddish discolouration in the eyes and skin. You may also have heartburn, high blood pressure, a fever, skin rashes, and hot flushes.
Too little pitta brings more vata and kapha into the body, as well as poor digestion, pallor and coldness. Emotionally imbalanced pitta types can suffer anger, frustration and irritation.
Causes of Pitta Imbalances
Symptoms of Pitta Imbalance
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need."
- Ayurvedic proverb
How to Balance PITTA
Routine, Coolness, Stability
General Guidance for Pitta Pacifying Diet
General Guidelines for a Pitta-Pacifying Lifestyle