The PITTA Dosha

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pitta is the force created by the dynamic interplay of water and fire. these forces indicate transformation.

People with more Pitta in their constitutions tend to be of medium proportions, with a frame that is that tends towards premature graying or thinning. They are sharp and determined in thought, speech and action. There is an element of purpose to their step, an intensity to their voice. Ambition is usually their second name. They are moderate sleepers and gravitate towards cooler environments. Self-confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit are hallmarks of balanced Pitta.

If your prakriti or original constitution has more Pitta in it, you will exhibit many who have more Vata or Kapha in their make-up. And that's natural. But if the qualities become extreme, or more pronounced than usual at a given time, then needs to be brought back into balance. And if a predominantly Kapha or Vata person starts exhibiting many Pitta qualities, that indicates a Pitta imbalance in that Kapha or Vata body type. In both cases, it is then time to follow a Pitta-balancing diet and lifestyle to help restore the level of Pitta in the physiology to its normal proportion.
 

DESCRIPTION
The Pitta dosha is defined by the interaction and modulating relationship between fire and water. Fire and water's relationship is not based on similarity, but rather on the exchanging dominance of one over the other for the purpose of fueling important life processes. For example, too much fire will result in the boiling away of the water. Too much water will result in the fire being put out. Therefore, the consuming force of Pitta is the energy principle or force of transformation, which is responsible for all changes in the mind and body.

Pitta controls digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, body temperature, skin coloration, the luster of the eyes, intelligence, and understanding.
Seat of Pitta: Stomach; also resides in the small intestine, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes, and skin.
Primary sense: Sight
Colors: Blue, green, or purple
Season: Summer

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PITTA (most common)
Medium build, proportionate
Develops muscles easily
Sensitive, combination skin
Luminous glow with large pores in T-zone
Eyes are bright and have penetrating gaze
Lips and eyes are medium sized, nose is often sharp
Hair is silky and thin, often with red hues
Nails are soft, pink and well formed
Soft and warm to the touch
Voracious appetite
Good digestive power
Speech is clear, sharp, and precise
Little sleep, but sound
Sensitive to bright light

PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PITTA (most common)
Intellectual with warm personality
Good leader
Fiery, chivalrous and passionate
Asks many questions
Metaphorical and interpretive thinkers
Mental energy is sharp and focused
Competitive drive, highly ambitious
Great delegates, pioneers
Adaptable
Sensitive and compassionate
Extremely Visual

When Pitta is out of balance, some of the most common things is can physically lead to are hypersensitivity of the skin, blotchy redness, rashes, hives and dry patches, inflammation, ulcers, acidity, excess heat, thinning hair, high blood pressure, and insatiable hunger. Acne or eczema may also develop.

Psychologically, out of balance Pitta, is prone to frustration, anger, jealousy, aggression, arrogance, irritability and impatience. Exacerbated Pitta can also become spiteful, critical and judgmental.

Factors that can disturb Pitta include a diet that contains too many hot or spicy foods, fasting or skipping meals, over-exposure to the sun or to hot temperatures, and emotional trauma.

* Take into account that these are generalized descriptions.