• Author: Akshi Khandelwal

Understanding Pitta Dosha

Understanding Pitta Dosha

Pitta dosha is a combination of Fire (Agni) and Water (Jal ). It is responsible for any kind of metabolism, digestion and transformation taking place in the body. It is a fiery dosha. It’s primary area of operation is between the navel and the diaphragm focussing on digestion, metabolism, and purification of blood.

The digestion of food in the stomach takes place because of the presence of Pitta in the form of ‘Jatharagni’, the digestive fire. This is why one should avoid drinking water right before or after a meal, since it tends to douche the digestive fire, and digestion may take a lot of more time. If such a habit is pursued repeatedly then proper digestion fails to take place leading to a build up of ‘ ama’ toxins in the stomach, as well as in the small intestine, and create problems of acidity or even hyper acidity.

Liver is the seat of Pitta. Pitta is responsible for the secretion of bile, which helps the digestive processes. It is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, where it helps in metabolising fats, absorption of nutrients, and protein synthesis. It helps the liver and spleen to function effectively, eliminating toxins from the blood, and helps in regeneration of red blood cells. This naturally affects the skin health. In this way, Pitta helps the liver and spleen to metabolise food so that we can derive energy from it and continue to live our lives.

When Pitta goes out of balance, it can lead to development of excess heat in the liver leading to anger and aggression, irritation and frustration for no reason, acidity, liver and gallbladder disorders, inflammation and dryness in hands and lack of shine in skin.  The pitta in the liver is also connected with the pitta in the eye, and therefore, your eye health is directly connected with your liver health.

Sometimes, one may find it difficult to even sleep due to excess heat in the body.

Therefore, a well balanced Pitta is crucial for good eye health, the lustre in the skin and healthy digestion not only of food but also of thoughts and life experiences in our heart and mind.

Triphala powder - a blend of Amla, Haritaki & Bibhitaki is very good for the liver and eye health, and to keep your Pitta and other two doshas in balance. Some of our infusions like Rose, Mint and Heart Strong are  recommended to keep the Pitta in balance. Giloy, which is also known as  ‘Amrita’ in Ayurveda, is particularly known for its tridosha balancing qualities.

A well balanced Pitta is very important for a healthy life.

When Pitta goes out of balance, the liver tends to heat up leading to aggression and anger.

This fire, or Agni is also needed to digest thoughts and experiences. People with a lot of pitta will find that they are even able to digest thoughts or experiences more quickly than others.

Stay tuned to learn more about doshas and your body constitution.


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