Pitta Dosha

We all human beings are the “make” of one and same thing- the Food. We are living, or anything which is living, is all due to the proper use of the materials available in surroundings for the activities- which makes us living. This food is always very raw, this is not a condition that our bodies just contact with this food what we ingest and just start using its characters of life! This is a process, which we can divide easily in three different stages:




These three different steps/phases change the food in energy- what we know as – Life.

These all three processes are regulated by a particular kind of workforce, which decides all how, why and what about the digestion. This workforce is a Dosha- Pitta.

Pitta represents the Fire and Water- both! This is a Dosha, which is responsible for proper working of all the three steps of involved with food and its uses in the body. Along with digestion, Pitta also works for other factors in the body, like- management of the color and glow of the skin, hormonal system of the body, coloration of the blood (Hemoglobin) and capability of the eyes to watch and look- all these works are also main in the list of what Pitta does.

Pitta is a mixture of the Fire and Water and this seems incompatible when we think about this, not really so. Fire here is not the fire we light or which burns. Fire represents a power, a capability- the capability which can cook something, digest something. Cooking and digestion are one and same things- in both there will be disintegration of longer chains of the food into smaller ones. Smaller ones are more compatible with the body and body can use these smaller chains more easily. This cooking starts with the ripening of the foods/fruits/vegetables on the trees and ends in our kitchens, everywhere in this process there will be an involvement of something fiery- sunlight/heat in oven/heat of a stove….whatever we may use. This is a fact that we cannot cook with cold. The same is applicable with the body so the factor responsible for the Pitta Dosha- will be mainly containing the “fiery” component. This fire cannot and should not be dry- otherwise it will burn the tissues of the body so- it accompanies the water. You can better understand the combination of fire and water by just recalling- Acids and Alkalis. This is a brief scientific explanation about the Pitta Dosha.

Just like, Pitta, all the diseases of Pitta are related with the working of the Pitta so there will be three conditions:

Excess of Pitta: This is a condition, in which Pitta will be on a higher side and it will burn/utilize/consume the foods available very fast and once it will not get the foods- it will start burning the useful for the body-for its own survival. This is a condition similar to Peptic Ulcers which can lead to the penetration of the lining of the stomach.

Less of Pitta: In this particular condition, the Pitta won’t be able to do the desired effects for the body. Food whatever one takes, won’t be digested properly and this leads to the excessive production of the toxins like by products. These by products later on cause a lot of problems with the body.

Improper Behavior of Pitta: This is the third and complicated condition. The Pitta inside the body goes that much upset that it leaves body in an alternate condition, again by again- repetitively. This is also improper, behavior of any activity inside the body- when this is irregular.

So over all command of the whole digestion is only with the Pitta and if we broaden the term- everything related to food and nutrition inside the human body is concerned with Pitta Dosha alone.

Pitta is fire so it needs some water to avoid the condition of the burnout so water accompanies this. This water brings smoothness in the Pitta and makes the process of “burning” body friendly. This is the beauty of a science- Ayurveda that they have classified and detailed everything beautifully and properly and there is no lacunae in any of these theories of Ayurveda. Pitta Dosha’s slight unctuousness is to protect the organs of the body against the fiery quotient of its. The same is applicable with all digestive enzymes of the body. If body won’t have a protection system for these digestive enzymes then surely our body will be dissolved in itself. We are complicated, think about unicellular animals, what will happen to those, because Pitta is present in them also.