Guide to Pitta Dosha | Symptoms, Home Remedies & Diet General Health/Immunity
Guide to Pitta Dosha | Symptoms, Home Remedies & Diet
AUGUST 29, 2023

How to Manage Pitta Dosha & It's Symptoms

pitta dosha

What is Pitta dosha?

 

Pitta is the energy that plays a significant role in metabolism and various transformations, including the processing and perception of thoughts on mental and sensory levels. So, we can say that it aids digestion and helps us distinguish between wrong and right.

However, the body may witness unusual changes when the Pitta dosha levels rise. This article will discuss such changes and how to reduce Pitta to manage them. So, buckle up, and let's get started.

Signs and Effects of Excessive Pitta

 pitta dosha symptoms

As we said above, excess Pitta can lead to various changes in the body. In this section, we talk about some common excess Pitta dosha symptoms:

  • Heat increases in the body and causes discomfort.
  • Inflammation in the body can lead to joint pain.
  • Stomach heat increases, causing heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers.
  • Diarrhoea, constipation, or impaired digestion.
  • Increased anger, irritation, and frustration.
  • Increased sweating and body odour.
  • Increased hunger and thirst.
  • Headaches with burning sensation.
  • Giddiness and/or hot flushes.
  • Heaviness or tenderness in the testicles/breasts.
  • Becoming judgmental and attempting to be a perfectionist.
  • Ego inflation.
  • Over attachment to goals.
  • A growing sense of instability.
  • Feelings of jealousy.

Moving further, it’s also important to look at the ill effects of high Pitta levels on the body:

  • Heartburn
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Over-sensitivity to sun exposure
  • Acne
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Frequent fever
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Jaundice
  • Diarrhoea
  • Acute inflammation of the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Vision issues, burning sensation in the eyes
  • Autoimmune health disorders

To ensure overall well-being, managing Pitta levels and avoiding the following factors that may trigger its imbalance are crucial.

Factors that Cause High Pitta Levels

 high pitta levels

Here’s a list of reasons your Pitta levels may be higher than usual:

  • An improper diet comprising food that increases Pitta (pungent, sour, salty food)
  • Spending too much time in the sun/heat.
  • Consuming too many stimulants, such as alcohol and nicotine.
  • Excess anger (krodha) or sadness (shoka)
  • Consumption of usha (hot), vidahi( corrosive) foods

Pitta Diet to Manage Pitta Energy

pitta pacifying foods

The food we eat directly affects our well-being and energy. The same holds when Pitta is in consideration. Here are some Pitta pacifying food options and healthy eating habits that can help balance Pitta and keep it from aggravating.

  • Bitter, astringent, and sweet foods can help manage Pitta.
  • Apples (sweet), ripe grapes, milk, ghee, melon, plum, asparagus, leafy greens, cabbage, papaya, cucumber, cauliflower, and bell pepper should be a part of the diet.
  • Add oats, quinoa, rice, wheat, and pasta to your diet.
  • Legumes can be helpful, including lentils, split peas, soybeans, black beans, and wheat.
  • Almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and sunflower seeds can also help manage Pitta levels.
  • Foods to avoid when you have Pitta imbalance:
     
    • Honey
    • White sugar
    • Sesame oil
    • Beef
    • Chicken
    • Salmon
    • Walnuts
     
    • Cashews
    • Salted butter
    • Urad dal
    • Brown rice
    • Corn
    • Bananas
    • Grapefruit
     
    • Pineapple
    • Tamarind
    • Beets
    • Eggplant
    • Garlic
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips

Eat fruits and vegetables an hour before the meal or after for the best effect.

Include spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, and while cooking. These are some common foods to reduce Pitta.

Keep yourself hydrated and drink sufficient water.

Ayurvedic Herbs Said to Optimise Pitta

pitta reducing herbs

pitta reducing herbs

Ayurveda suggests several herbs that can be helpful for Pitta dosha treatment. Here’s a list of such herbs:

  • Amla or Amalaki is one of the best herbs for balancing Pitta. It helps drain excessive Pitta from the digestive system.
  • You can eat Amla as a fruit or as Amala herbal supplements such as Triphala or Amla effervescent tablets.
  • Guduchi is another herb that can help control excess Pitta. It is bitter and is one of the most suitable herbs for managing Pitta vitiation. One can take Guduchi in its natural form or as Guduchyadi Kwath.
  • Triphala is made from three fruits and can help manage high Pitta dosha. For easier consumption, Thriphala Choornam and Triphala Tablets are available on the Kerala Ayurveda website.
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Few Home Remedies to Help Balance Pitta Levels

Some home remedies can help manage Pitta imbalance symptoms and reduce aggravated Pitta.

  • Cow ghee is an excellent remedy to reduce Pitta and body heat.
  • Nannari sherbat concentrate is readily available in the market. It is made using dried and chopped Indian Sarsaparilla roots and pacifies pitta immediately. You can also add a few basil seeds or soaked sabja in it.
  • Maintain a balance between exercise and rest. Too much activity can heat the already heated ‌body. Similarly, inactivity can lead to unnatural shifts in the Pitta levels. For optimum health, indulge in exercise and get enough rest.
  • Meditation is a healthy practice to help manage emotional stress and control Pitta levels.
  • Practice suitable yoga asanas to manage Pitta:
    • Child pose (balasana)
    • Marjaryasana
    • Cobra pose (bhujangasana)
    • Spinal twist (jathara parivartanasana)
    • Moon salutation (chandra namaskara)
    • Superman pose (vipareeta shalabhasana)
    • Corpse posture (shavasana)

Key Takeaways

The answer to the question "how to reduce Pitta immediately" is undoubtedly not brief. In the sections above, we discussed Pitta dosha in detail, various home remedies, Pitta-reducing herbs, body-cooling foods that can help manage excess Pitta, and several FAQs.

For a more precise understanding, let's take a look back at what we learned:

  • Excessive Pitta can lead to various health concerns such as blood clots, heart strokes, acid reflux, frustration, anxiety, OCD etc.
  • Consuming too many CNS stimulants, exposure to toxic chemicals, poor eating habits and an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to Pitta imbalance.
  • Bitter, astringent, and sweet food options can help lower Pitta levels. Some foods to consider:
  • Rice, quinoa, wheat, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Amla, neem, Triphala, and Kalyanaka ghrita are some herbs that can help manage excess Pitta.
  • Cow's ghee, elaichi, and jeera water can also help maintain healthy Pitta levels.
  • Regular practice of meditation and the following yoga asanas can reduce excess Pitta: Child pose, cobra pose, spinal twist, superman pose, moon salutation, corpse posture, etc.
  • The ultimate solution for fixing your Pitta (or any other dosha) related concerns is maintaining an active lifestyle and ensuring healthy eating habits. For further personalized guidance, you can connect with our professional Ayurvedic practitioners. We'd be happy to help you.

About the Reviewer

Dr. Nimin Sreedhar
Dr. Nimin Sreedhar (BAMS, 14 years of experience)

Dr. Nimin Sreedhar is an Ayurvedic Physician & founder of the Dravya app. He is a faculty member at Kerala Ayurveda Academy USA & Research Assistant at Kerala Ayurveda Limited, India.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitta in the body can be aggravated by excessive heat. Therefore, to lower Pitta levels, it’s advisable to cut down the consumption of hot food items and prefer colder alternatives. In addition, there is various light yet nourishing foods that one can prefer eating. This can help manage Pitta levels and may even lower them. To manage Pitta levels quickly and prevent them from rising, one can consider using spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, and fennel for preparing the food. Guduchyadi kwath, Alsactil tablets, and Avipathi choornam, are some herbal remedies that may help reduce Pitta.

Excessive Pitta can arise from extreme heat and pungent, sour, salty, deep-fried, and processed foods. Primarily, honey, brown rice, urad dal, butter, bananas, salmon, chicken, beef, sesame oil, cashews, too much salt, white sugar, walnuts, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, pineapples, tamarinds, beetroot, and turnips are some examples that can lead to an aggravated Pitta. Therefore, it’s advisable to lower their consumption. Also, a person with an aggravated Pitta should prefer minimising the intake of heavy foods and turn to light and easy-to-digest meals.

One simple way to bring Pitta levels to optimum is by consuming cooler liquids. Drinking enough water throughout the day is a clean and easy way to maintain a healthy digestive system and optimum dosha levels. Additionally, jeera water after meals, coconut water, and fresh fruit juices can help manage Pitta.

Mahatiktaka ghrita is often said to be the best supplement that may help reduce Pitta levels. Kalyanaka ghrita ghee is another herbal formulation that can help reduce excessive Pitta. Apart from these, Triphala and neem also possess Pitta pacifying properties. However, if these herbs seem to have an unpleasant taste, one can consider taking these in the form of capsules.

To bring down your Pitta levels, you can refer to the following tips: Add more Pitta optimising foods to your diet. These include bitter, astringent and sweet foods. Consume milk, ghee, leafy green vegetables, apples, ripe grapes, papaya, melons, plum, asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, and bell peppers. Legumes and grains are nutritious and can help manage an aggravated Pitta. Avoid excessive and unprotected exposure to the sun and harsh chemicals. Learn and practice stress management techniques. Avoid being indulged in highly stressful situations. Follow Ayurvedic practices for a healthier digestive system. Perform yoga asanas suitable for optimising Pitta dosha. Maintain a healthy eating and sleeping schedule. This will help manage all the three doshas and keep a check on their levels.

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Jan 24, 2023

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Feb 15, 2023

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Feb 20, 2023

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