Anger, Redness Of Skin? 10 Signs To Check Your Pitta
Did you know, a vitiated Pitta can cause ailments like liver diseases, acid peptic disorders, inflammation, redness of skin and body odor among others? Pitta is the fire element in your body and in this article, we will discuss some of the other signals your body is giving you that your Pitta may be aggravated.
According to one of the most ancient healing modalities-Ayurveda-life is made up of Pancha Mahabhutas or the Five Great Elements- air, water, fire, earth, and space. Each individual is a unique complex of these elements. These elements combine uniquely to form an individual’s body constitution. Doshas are the three combinations of these elements. Vata (Air and Space), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth) are the three bio-elements in the body. Each individual has a particular constitution and a balance of these three in the body. Any imbalance in them over a prolonged period of time can lead to uneasiness, weakness or disease. Doshas determine how our personalities, metabolism, behavior, tendencies, and physiology shape up. For example, some people happen to be quieter by nature where as others may be talkative, some tend to gain weight fast while others find it harder to gain or lose weight.
Vagbhatta’s Ashtanga Hridyasamhita, one of Ayurveda’s most influential body of works states the qualities of Pitta as such-पित्तं सस्नेह तीक्ष्णोष्णं लघु विस्रं सरं द्रवम् ।pittaṃ sasneha tīkṣṇoṣṇaṃ laghu visraṃ saraṃ dravam |Translation from Sanskrit- Sasneha=slightly oily, unctuous, Teekshna=piercing, seeping into deep tissues, Ushna=hotness, Laghu=lightness, Visram=bad smell, sara=having fluidity, movement, drava=liquidity are the Pitta qualities.
Why Is Pitta Important?
Pitta plays a crucial role in body’s metabolism and transformational processes of the body and mind. It has a say in the function of digestive fire or ‘Agnis’ in the body. It also determines the acidity levels in the body, toxicity in the blood, temperament, growth of hair and eyes, temperature regulation, softness of body parts, color and complexion, digestion, thirst, assimilation, and decision taking abilities, among other emotional functions like-
1) Desire A balanced Pitta regulates the desires that arise in you and the feverishness about them. If the pitta is balanced, then it is likely that fewer desires will arise.
2) Intelligence Pitta also determines the sharpness of your intellect. When Pitta is balanced, you will have a sharp and clear intellect with quick decision-making ability.
3) Courage A person with balanced Pitta is likely to be courageous and brave in their disposition. They will be quick to take action and do so fearlessly.
When Pitta Is Aggravated, It Leads To...
1) Anger If you have been feeling angry and irritable for no reason off late, it is one of the signs that you need to get your Doshas examined through Nadi Pariksha facilitated by a Sri Sri Ayurveda Expert.
The best way to know the state of Dosha imbalance in the body is through an ancient Ayurvedic diagnosis technique called Nadi Pariskha or Pulse Diagnosis which can reveal the deep connection between the imbalance in the Tridoshas and their effects on your physiological and psychological health. Nadi Pariksha gives you a thorough insight into the state of your health and the root causes of diseases, pains, aches, and illnesses in the body now or the ones you are likely to have.
2) Impatience When Pitta is through the roof, you could become a human version of a sitting time bomb, ready to blow up at the slightest trigger. You are likely to be highly impatient as well. Some of the physiological implications of an aggravated Pitta are
3) Yellow discoloration Vitiated Pitta affects the liver condition which is important in metabolism. Yellowness of skin or nails or any other body parts is another sign that Pitta needs rebalancing.
4) Desire for cold and aversion to heat In food, drinks, clothing or room temperature, among other things, you tend to seek cold and be averse to hot or heat, when Pitta is high.
5) Burning sensation Vitiated Pitta could also result in burning sensation in various parts of the body.
6) Skin People with high Pitta often suffer from skin problems like acne, boils or rashes and reddening of the skin.
7) Vasculitis Severe Pitta misbalance could lead to vascular inflammation in the arteries or veins (or blood vessels). Vasculitis can affect external as well as internal organs.
8) Acid peptic disorders, Gangrene, and ulcers Watch out for high acidity, frequent ulcers and acid peptic disorders in the body. Often, these disorders are treated externally through oral medicines. But few of us know that the root cause of these really have much to do with the imbalance in our Doshas and unless these are balanced, just treating the symptoms will not be enough.
9) Lethargy and dizziness Often the lethargy we experience after doing very little physical activity or no physical activity at all, could have to do with vitiated Pitta. One may also experience light headedness or dizziness due to this imbalanced Dosha.
Coming Soon!-More tips and remedies to balance your Pitta! Also, do check out our Ayurveda inspired skin care offerings that help balance Pitta Dosha induced dry skin.
Disclaimer: The conditions and illnesses could also be due to a mix of Dosha imbalances. Please do not try to self-diagnose. This article is purely for informational purpose. We bly recommend you consult a Sri Sri Ayurveda physician for a thorough examination of Doshas. Sources