Pitta and Kapha in Ayurveda

Pitta and Kapha in Ayurveda

  • In our bodies Pitta is manifested by the quality of transformation. Pitta is the enzymes which digest our food and the hormones which regulate our metabolism.
  • In our mind, the Pitta force is the transformation of chemical/electrical impulses into understood thoughts. Too much Pitta can cause ulcers, hormonal imbalance, irritated skin (acne), and consuming emotions (anger).
  • Too little Pitta and we have indigestion, inability to understand and sluggish metabolism.
  • The Pitta force is described according to eight characteristics which affect the body: hot, light, fluid, subtle, sharp, malodorous, soft and clear.
  • Kapha (ka-fa) is the conceptual equilibrium of water and earth. Kapha is structure and lubrication – it draws on the conceptual characteristics of the elements of earth and water. At one level, Kapha is the cells which make up our organs and the fluids which nourish and protect them.
  • In the Ayurvedic organization of cause and effect, too much Kapha force causes mucous buildup in the sinus and nasal passages, the lungs and colon.
  • In the mind it creates rigidity, a fixation of thought, inflexibility.
  • Not enough Kapha force causes the body to experience a dry respiratory tract, burning stomach ( due to lack of mucous, which gives protection from excess stomach acids), and inability to concentrate.
  • Kapha force is expressed according to the following qualities: oily, cold, heavy, stable, dense and smooth.
  • Hence these are the three doshas which are used in making the body of the people more stable.
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