If you’re a Pitta body type, one of the three Ayurvedic body types, you may have experienced some Pitta dosha symptoms.
When the three Dosha are in balance they assist in the healthy nourishment, repair and growth of the body and mind. They are responsible for physical strength, complexion and a sense of joy. But if they are vitiated or out of balance, these dosha produce disease symptoms.
In its normal state Pitta dosha is responsible for digestion and metabolism. Pitta maintains the normal body temperature, is responsible for vision and causes hunger, thirst and appetite. Pitta also maintains the skin’s complexion, promotes intelligence, courage and valor and softness (suppleness) of the body.
Pitta when increased produces any of these symptoms independently or collectively – yellow discoloration of the feces, urine, eyes, and skin; excess hunger and thirst, feeling of burning sensation and very little sleep.
Follow a Pitta pacifying diet. Use sweet, astringent and bitter tastes in your diet. Use cooling spices like fennel, mint, dill and cardamom in food. Use ghee or coconut oil for cooking. Take fresh flower-infused baths and showers. Enjoy swimming and apply sandalwood paste on the body and forehead. Drink plenty of water. Enjoy sherbets. Try jasmine, chamomile and rose petal tea.
Use herbs like amla, licorice and shatavari as recommended by your practitioner. For burning in the stomach try licorice and fennel seed powder. Take one teaspoon of triphala once to twice a day with water or warm milk until the symptoms disappear. Avoid all exercise except slow walking. Use only coconut oil for massage.
Similarly a Dosha can become depleted from the normal baseline level and produce symptoms of depletion.
Decreased Pitta dosha can manifest as weakness of digestive activity, coldness and loss of luster (complexion). Use spices like ginger and black pepper to kindle the digestive fire. Do self-massage and exercise.
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