Ayurveda speaks about everything in the language of Tridosha. All diseases & treatments are explained in terms of doshas. Any imbalance in doshas can create an imbalance in your daily life.
To bring a balance, following the Ayurvedic regime for each dosha is a perfect methodology. Self-care is an integral part of Ayurvedic healing.
It is a well-established fact that a pitta body type individual tends to have more pitta type of diseases and hence, needs an anti-pitta regime for the prevention as well as curing disease.
Pitta governs our digestion, heat, visual perception, endocrine function, hunger, thirst, complexion, intelligence, & courage. So, if you are of pitta body type and you wish to know how to keep your pitta under check, read on to find more.
What are the symptoms of imbalanced pitta?
. Following signs indicates that your pitta has gone out of balance:
- Too yellow urine, stool, & eyes
- Skin is oily, prone to acne, rashes, boils, & swelling
- Have warm hands & feet
- Increased thirst, appetite, & sweating
- Frequent desire for bowel evacuation, loose & watery stool
- Burning sensation in a body part or the whole body
- Frequently suffering from ulcers, acidity, sour belching, infections
- Sleeping difficulties
- Restlessness, anger, aggressiveness, & frustration
- A desire for cold things
If you observe any of these signs & do not take care of your pitta sooner, then there is a high chance that you may suffer from any of infectious diseases, liver disorders, ulcers, acidity, boils, skin rashes, & intestinal disorders.
How lifestyle can balance pitta?
To balance pitta, following Ayurvedic lifestyle & dietary regimes are the best & easy way. For purification of pitta, purgation is the best Pancakarma technique. But before that, you can balance pita by self-care.
- Keeping a balanced daily routine, especially your dietary habit, is the key to balance pitta. Taking meals at a regular time plays a vital role in keeping your digestive fire healthy
- Eat a Pitta balancing diet. Do not skip meals especially when you feel hungry & avoid over-eating especially in evenings
- Drink only cool water. It means drinking naturally cold water, not refrigerated or iced water. For naturally cold water store your water in an earthen pot or a copper vessel
- Pitta is hot in quality so, to lower aggravated pitta avoid too much exposure to sun & heat or heaters, sauna bath, steam rooms
- Protect your skin and head when going in the hot sun
- Try to stay in a cool natural environment. Spend some time or take a walk in cooling breezes, by cold water, moonlight, gardens, flowers, & lakes
- Before shower, massage your body with cooling oils such as coconut oil, sunflower oil, and ghee. Massage your head with Brahmi oil or bhringaraja oil
- Cultivate a peaceful environment at your home & workplace. For that, you can use incense of fragrances such as sandalwood, rose, lotus, jasmine, vetivert, honeysuckle, iris to calm your intense & violent emotions
- Wearing cooling colors like white, blue, green, purple is best. Avoid solid & bright colors like red & black
- Pitta persons tend to be overly ambitious & hence, always stay angry, frustrated, & stressful. So, take time to slow down a bit, listen to your body, avoid competitive environment & deadlines
- Talk sweetly to everyone, be content with yourself, enjoy some leisure time, and practice forgiveness
Which Ayurvedic herbs balance pitta?
Taking Ayurvedic herbs regularly controls aggravated pitta. For this, cooling, calming, moderately cleansing, and nurturing herbs are recommended.
Drink pomegranate juice & aloe vera juice every morning. It balances pitta and cleanses blood & liver. Include spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, and mint in your diet & drinks for digestion.
If you feel too much acidity, then to eliminate excess bile, you may take laxatives like castor oil, psyllium, Triphala, aloe, senna, rhubarb. Often mild laxatives like milk & ghee are enough.
Take cooling and calming tonic herbal powders of wild asparagus, Indian gooseberry, licorice, Tinospora, Gotu kola, sandalwood, lotus seeds, & aloe gel.
Which yoga poses are good for pitta?
For pitta body type, moderate exercises & yoga are advised. Heavy exercises increase pitta in the body. Practicing pitta pacifying yoga poses relaxes the body instead of exhaustion.
Following cooling, calming, & gentle yoga asanas should be practiced moderately with moderate rest in between:
- Spinal twist
- Standing & seated forward bends
- Shoulder stand
- Cobra pose
- Half fish pose
- Plow pose
- Child’s pose
Practice meditation, OM chanting, & cooling forms of Pranayama like sheetali, sheetkari, & Chandra bhedi regularly for 10-15 minutes.
To give up feelings of anger, hostility, arguments, & over-critical nature, try techniques like Vipassana, Vedanta, & Zen.
Exercise moderately and avoid prolonged exercise in hot weather & environment. Avoid heavy activities & resort to short walks, light swimming and biking etc.
Pitta imbalance is what we observe daily in our life in the form of acidity or acne. Pitta gets easily imbalanced due to our faulty dietary habits and daily routine. So, it is quite easy to tackle pitta imbalance.
All you need to do is to be aware of your body changes and make a few simple & healthy lifestyle modifications supplemented with wonderful Ayurvedic herbs. These healthy changes can help heal doshic imbalances and has great potential to prevent future deadly disorders.