In the ancient vedic literature, there is a Sanskrit verse believed to be between 25,000 and 30,000 years old. The verse states “Yat pinde tat brahmande” and means “whatever is existing in the universe is also present with our bodies.” Within our human bodies is a mini version of the whole universe.
The Sanskrit word pinda means microcosm and brahmanda means macrocosm. Ayurveda is a system of healing that examines each person’s physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the entire universe.
As we go through life, the proportion of the three doshas constantly changes within us according to diet, lifestyle activities, seasons, climate, age, and many other factors. If we want to be healthy forever, we need to follow the footprint of nature rather than our own path.
In Sanskrit, the word pitta translates as 'fire energy,' which makes sense when you consider that pitta dosha governs digestion, metabolism, and transformation. Pitta dosha maintains body temperature, digestion of food and assimilates nutrients, kindles digestive fire, and produces digestive enzymes and hormones. Here are some of the physiological actions controlled and monitored by pitta dosha:
Pitta dosha is dominated by rajas guna and little portion of sattva guna. Pitta dosha derives from the fire and water elements and has the following qualities:
When a person indulges in pitta increasing foods and lifestyle, these qualities increase and aggravate pitta dosha. When pitta dosha becomes aggravated, it produces excess digestive juices and enzymes that cause heartburn and acid reflux, skin rashes, acne, and boils, heavy menstrual bleeding and hormonal imbalances, bleeding disorders, inflammation, excess sweating, excess oily skin, difficulty sleeping, and fear.
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The Ayurvedic text lists four types of fats with medicinal healing qualities. They are ghritam (ghee), oil (sesame), vasa (muscle), and majja (marrow). Each one has its own unique properties, however ghritam has several special qualities that are unmatched. Ghritam will maintain its own healing qualities even when combined with herbs with different qualities.