One of the main aspects of the practice of ayurveda is the recognition of many different energies and constitutions, called doshas. These traits are believed to influence everything from body type to personality, and have a direct effect on an individual's health. When a person's dosha becomes imbalanced, it is believed to cause illness and leave the individual more susceptible to disease and injury. One of the three main ayurveda types is called pitta ayurveda. Pitta is considered to be made up of fire and water and is described to be the source of a flame but not the flame itself.
Pitta ayurveda individuals are usually of medium build and are neither petite nor heavy. They tend to have fair, sensitive skin and fine hair that may gray or thin early in life. They are sharp witted, speak well and move with direction. They are intense and purpose driven and highly ambitious. When pitta ayurveda becomes imbalanced (too much fire, too much water, or another element that has arisen), they can suffer a variety of ailments including:
- Trouble sleeping
- Sensitive skin
- Irritability and impatience
- Hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Many others
Ayurveda is believed to be able to be corrected with a variety of Eastern practices, including diet. It is believed that eating milk, juicy fruits, rice pudding, carrots, fennel, asparagus, and other foods and spices that are sweet, bitter, and astringent can help restore balance to pitta ayurveda.
Only an experienced ayurveda doctor can help you figure out which dosha you are, but once you understand your individual balance and whether or not you are of the pitta ayurveda type you can effectively make the most of your ayurveda treatments.