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The Pitta Dosha

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The pitta dosha can be thought of as the faultless balance of two seemingly opposing elemental qualities, fire and water. Together, they are the energetic force that regulates the body’s transformative functions; its digestion, its metabolism, even the body’s hormones are believed to be controlled by pitta.

The qualities of pitta

Hot, sharp, penetrating, slightly oily, greasy, fast and irritable.

The function of pitta

Because of its hot nature, pitta’s primary function is transformative: it controls the heartbeat, hormone levels, body temperature, visual perception, hunger and thirst and skin quality. It’s also responsible for liver function, and the secretion of bile and digestion in the stomach and small intestine.

The physical manifestations of pitta

Those with dominant pitta tend to be medium in height and weight, with an athletic body shape. Their skin is delicate and can often be red and irritated, and they burn easily in the sun. Some pitta types have red hair, and often turn grey early or suffer from thinning or balding.

The emotional manifestations of pitta

Pitta is full of vitality and those who tend towards it are charming and charismatic, with a love of attention; in fact, they are great fun to be around as they are so dynamic and colourful. They’re also sharp-witted, able speakers and good decision makers – especially when in balance – but when they’re not, watch out; they can have a sharp tongue and be quick to temper.

When pitta is 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.

When pitta is 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.

How to balance your pitta

You can balance pitta’s intense, volcanic-like nature with the opposing qualities of calm, coolness, compassion and moderation. In particular, not skipping meals, and favouring ‘cooler’ foods, as well as spending time laughing every day and getting out and about amongst the natural world.

If you’d like to discover how to balance your pitta in more detail, A Pukka Life by Master Herbsmith and Ayurvedic practitioner, Sebastian Pole is worth the read. 

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-fondateur de Pukka et Herboriste expert

Bonjour. Je suis le co-fondateur et maître-herboriste de Pukka Herbs. En plus de m’occuper de la création de tous nos thés, infusions et compléments alimentaires bios, je suis un écologiste passionné. C'est pourquoi nous sommes 100% bio, pionniers dans l'approvisionnement responsable avec FairWild et pourquoi nous reversons 1% de notre chiffre d'affaires annuel pour la protection de la planète. J’ai également depuis 1998 mon propre cabinet de Naturopathie à Bath. Je pratique un mélange éclectique de phytothérapie ayurvédique, chinoise et occidentale et je suis membre de l’Ayurvedic Practitioners Association’, ‘Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine’ et du ‘Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners’.J'adore utiliser les principes de l'Ayurveda (l'art de vivre avec sagesse) - associés à des connaissances sur la guérison traditionnelle et la science moderne - pour apporter les meilleures solutions naturelles aux problèmes de santé. Marqué par mes séjours en Inde, j'adore cuisiner végétarien et je pratique régulièrement le yoga. Je suis passionné par notre mission, d’apporter le pouvoir des plantes biologiques au plus grand nombre à travers une entreprise engagée, génératrice de bien. Je vis dans une ferme du Somerset au Royaume-Uni où je cultive de nombreuses plantes médicinales pour le plus grand bonheur des abeilles et de ma famille.

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