In the human body, Pitta is the dosha of Fire and liquid heat such as acid. Pitta dosha resides in the small intestine, eyes, blood, liver, spleen, gallbladder, sweat, stomach, gray matter of the brain, skin, subcutaneous fat, and sebaceous glands.

Pitta dosha maintains the potential to remain in balance in these sites, or to become imbalanced in these sites through increase or decrease of fire, as well as the qualities (Gunas) of Pitta which are: hot, sharp, oily, penetrating, light, mobile, and liquid.

Ayurveda teaches that Pitta becomes imbalanced through diet, lifestyle, hereditary factors, environmental factors, misuse - overuse - and underuse of senses, exposure to heat, sunbathing, staying up late at night, arguing, competition, overexertion, excess thinking, alcohol, and stress.

When Pitta is out of balance and left untreated, the result may be bleeding disorders, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, dysentery, prostatitis, urethritis, splenitis, hypertension, heartburn, hyperthyroid, pharyngitis, laryngitis, indigestion, stomach ulcer, red skin rashes and blemishes, red in the sclera of eye, sensitivity to bright light, anger, rage, judgement, criticism, perfectionism, manipulation, delusion, and aggression.

To balance and sooth Pitta, Ayurveda recommends a Pitta pacifying diet, cooling lifestyle, cooling oil massage, meditation, pranayama, Pitta herbal remedies, and peaceful nature walks.

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