Pitta? If this doesn’t sound anything familiar to you, perhaps it would be best to first read our article about the three doshas of Ayurveda, for a short introduction about the Ayurvedic doshas and the five elements. Otherwise, hop on the Ayurvedic wellness wagon and perhaps you will understand a bit more about yourself and the people around you.
The qualities of Pitta
In Ayurvedic medicine, Pitta is the dosha responsible for heat, transformation, and metabolism. This dosha governs the fire element within us, that which gets us to wake up in the morning and be active. Compared to Vata and Kapha that are cold and cool, Pitta is the only one with a warm characteristic. But it's when this fire is in excess that we need to take care. Instead of burning our energy too fast -like a match that explodes- we can learn how to burn our flame at a steady pace.
Pitta people usually have fair and irritable skin with perhaps freckles and prone to rashes, pimples and other skin conditions. They usually have many moles, early wrinkling and easily suffer from sunburns. Their eyes may be hazel, green or electric blue in colour with an intense fire (you feel that gaze?) and radiate energy in all directions. The shape of the nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish. The hair is thin, silky, red or brownish and there is a tendency toward premature greying of hair and hair loss.
These people are medium of height, slender and the body frame may be delicate. They gain weight evenly or on the bottom half. They show a medium prominence of veins and muscle tendons. Their bones are not as prominent as skinny Vata types and their muscle development is moderate. They love intense workouts -pretty sure we can count many Pitta faces in Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes- and a good sweat and often refuse to accept their limits.
Their metabolism is very strong so Pitta people enjoy eating a lot. Being hangry is real. You know this if you’re a Pitta, and you know this even better if you live with a Pitta. Their active mind really calms down after a good feed. They have a natural craving for sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks to cool themselves down. And also, they love their stimulants. They cannot go without their coffee and often even overuse it to maintain their high levels of energy expenditure. It won’t easily affect their sleep quality though, which is often medium and uninterrupted. They usually remember their dreams that are often passionate or otherwise intense and often involve heat, light or other energy.
Increased Pitta Dosha can manifest in different ways depending on each individual person. There could be increased heat, sour taste in the mouth, yellow discolouration for instance in the eyes or skin, skin rashes, diarrhoea, heartburn, high blood pressure, fainting.