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Pitta dosha

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General Characteristics: Pitta Dosha

Physical :

Medium build, Pitta people have strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They can gain weight but lose it easily. They have fair skin with moles, freckles. There is low tolerance for bright sunlight and heat. Pitta people are warm to the touch and their hands and feet stay warm. Hair is soft and has a tendency for premature graying or hair loss. They perspire easily. Pitta people sleep well in moderate duration.

Psychological :

Pitta types are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension. They like structure and organization and are good planners. Pitta people like to be leaders and seek material prosperity. They like to exhibit their wealth and possessions. They are ambitious and athletic.

Lifestyle suggestions:

Take fluids regularly through the day. Watch salt intake. Pitta people like spicy, fried foods. Make sure to integrate cooling, non-spicy foods a few times a week.

Be aware of stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Exaggeration can cause imbalances physically and emotionally. Limit oily, salty foods to just a few times a week. Prefer lighter foods. Click here for some suggested recipes. Take Chyawanprash.


When out of balance, what happens:

Physical:

Pitta people tend to have diseases involving fire principle: metabolism/digestion, allergies, inflammatory diseases, skin rashes, burning sensations, acid reflux, diarrhea, ulceration, colitis, or sore throat, fevers

Emotional:

They are easily agitated, aggressive and tend toward hate, anger, jealousy when imbalanced. Pitta people tend to become obsessive/compulsive

When out of balance, what you should do:

Herbs:

Take Gymnema for metabolic imbalance relating to sugar. Try a liver cleanse with Phyllanthus. The liver has many roles, one of which is fat metabolism. After cleansing with Phyllanthus, use Picrorrhiza to strengthen the liver.

Foods:

Reduce the amount of dark meats (beef, dark chicken), tomato and sauces/salsas, hot peppers, sour foods. Prefer fruits such as pears, apples, raisins and eat white meat (chicken, duck). Dairy foods are very helpful.

Massage:

Use of moderate massage pressure and gentle tapping is best. Use Cooling Massage Oil. Or try aromatherapy with cooling essential oils.

Exercise:

Try team or group sports: basketball, volleyball and reduce competitive individual sports such as running or tennis. Water skiing, kayaking are beneficial.

Source

http://www.naturesformulary.com/contents/ayurveda/pitta-dosha