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Pitt - Digestive Factor

Pitt - Digestive Factor - by Arti Gaur
In the last issue we discussed in detail, vat, one of the three factors that maintains balance in the body. In this article we'll discuss pitt, the factor responsible for digestion or metabolism (primarily) in the body. Pitt also can be translated as heat or fire in the present context. Pitt is said to cause 40 kinds of diseases in the body, but many more when it combines with the other two doshas.

By nature pitt is sharp; the imbalances caused by pitt are, therefore, sharp and intense in nature. A person of pitt prakriti can again be identified by observing the characteristics of pitt dosha. The natural characteristics of pitt are sharpness, slight unctuousness, heat, fluidity, sourness, and bitterness, and is of all colours except white and red, fishy smell, and acrid taste. Therefore it is reconciled by drugs having opposite qualities. A person of pitt prakriti is generally sharp minded, active, quarrelsome, sweats more, greys prematurely, with a radiant complexion, short temper, strong power of digestion, and proper metabolism, therefore, with a good appetite. He or she is generally seen to be fond of sweets, cold foods, and cold things in general, dreams of fire or light and more of red colours, and has glowing skin.

Foods that are pungent, hot, sour and saline in nature aggravate pitt and foods sweet, bitter and astringent in nature alleviate pitt. Pitt primarily aids sight, digestion, appetite, thirst, and proper metabolism, maintaining radiance and unctuousness in the body. The natural actions of pitt moving from one part of the body to the other are, causing a burning sensation , heat, suppuration, perspiration, sloughing, itching, discharge, redness, and exhibition of its inherent smell, colour, and taste. These are the actions that help a competent physician to diagnose the paittika type of diseases.

Pitt is the main factor responsible for transformation of food into tissue elements in the body. The other factors are vat, moisture, unctuousness (in the food), the time of digestion, and proper administration of food. Vat transports the food to the place where pitt resides, the moisture loosens and unctuousness softens the food particles, time brings about maturity of the process of digestion call pachak pitt or pachakagni. Food, after digestion, is divided into two parts called the prasad bhag (containing the nutrients) which is absorbed by the body, and mala bhag, which is thrown out.

Among seasons it is summer, and in a day it is the afternoon that is dominated by pitt. Therefore it's advisable to sleep in the day time in summer, as kaph dosha increases in the body when one sleeps, preventing aggravation of pitt in the summer.

A person of pitt prakriti should avoid hot, spicy food and resort to diets which are cool, sweet, and less spicy in nature. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, and hot drinks are also to be avoided. As the digestive fire is very strong in persons with pitt prakriti, light meals at small intervals are beneficial.
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