Tag: pitta

Qualities of Pitta

Ayurveda operates on the principle of three constitutional types or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  The doshas are further differentiated by their qualities or gunas.  Ayurvedic practitioners examine the gunas to determine which components of  prakruti are contributing to vikruti.  We previously explored the gunas or qualities of Vata.  Let’s now examine the qualities of […]

Cooling Pitta dosha

In Ayurveda, there are 3 doshas or body types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Pitta is the energy of digestion, assimilation, and transformation. Pitta is comprised of fire and water. It is hot, sharp, oily, light, and penetrating. In the summer, Pitta can get overheated and out of balance more so than the other two doshas. […]

Astringent Taste in Ayurveda

We conclude our journey of the six tastes, or shad rasa, with the astringent taste in Ayurveda.  Astringent is comprised of the elements earth (prithvi) and air (vayu).  Astringent increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha doshas. The virya, or energy of the astringent taste, is cooling.  The vipak or post-digestive effect of astringent is […]