How To Balance Pitta Vata Dosha? 6 Points To Consider

I am basically Vata Pitta constitution. What you mentioned in vata diet, if I take that my pitta will go out of balance and what you have mentioned in pitta, if I take, cucumber, rose which is cool in nature according to qualities you have explained previously my Vata Dosha will go to imbalance state. So can you explain regarding the combination of Doshas, their effect and solutions? A reader asks. Let us find out answers.

While studying qualities of Tridosha, we learnt that Vata has lightness, coldness, dryness, roughness, minuteness and movement qualities.

Pitta has lightness, hotness, slight oiliness, piercing, smell, movement (fluidity) and liquid qualities.

When Vata and Pitta Dosha are imbalanced in a person, then the condition is quite difficult to treat, because, if we give cold treatment, then Vata will go up and if we give hot treatment, Pitta Dosha will go up.

How to solve this problem?

Panchakarma based on logic of site of Doshas -
place of tridosha
Vata is situated in large intestines and Pitta is situated in small intestines. Hence, if Virechana (purgation)treatment is administered, it helps to eliminate Doshas from both small and large intestines. This is the right approach, if Pitta is more dominant than Vata Dosha.

If Vata is more dominant than Pitta Dosha, then Basti enema) treatment will help in bringing both the Doshas to balance.

Avoid light to digest items - 
As we have seen above, lightness is both the qualities of Vata and Pitta. Hence, this quality needs to be avoided and relatively Guru (heavy) foods, medicines and treatments need consideration.

Tastes and Doshas -
Vata increases by the use of Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.
Pitta increases by the use of Sour, Salt and Pungent tastes.
Hence, in Vata-Pitta imbalance, pungent taste (spicy foods) should be avoided.
Sweet taste balances both Vata and Pitta.

Seasonal regimen recommendation - 
Pitta is compared to fire and Vata is compared to air / wind. When both the fire and wind are increased, the wind accelerates the effect of fire. Hence coolant treatment needs to be given (though Vata has coolant quality).
For this, general summer regimen, (wherein body cooling is stressed, should be followed)

Summer regimen -

Food which are sweet, light (easy to digest), fatty, cold and  liquid should be taken.

Take cornflour  mixed  with  cold water and  sugar / jaggery.
Take cold water bath.
Avoid alcohol or take in very low quantities. it will cause inflammatory conditions, it will make the body fragile and weak, increases burning sensation and causes delusion.
Take boiled rice, which is white in colour,
Meat of animals from desert region is recommended.
Not very thick meat soup is advised.
Rasala – curds churned and mixed with pepper powder and sugar is good to take.
Panaka panchasara, (syrup prepared with raisins (draksha), madhuka, dates (karjura), kashmarya, and parushaka fruits all in equal quantities, cooled and added with powder of cinnamon leaves, cinnamon and cardamom etc) and kept inside a fresh mud pot, along with leaves of plantain and coconut trees, and  fermented should be drunk in mugs of mud or shell;
Cool water kept in mud pot along with flowers of patala and camphor should be used for drinking.

Buffalo milk mixed with sugar and cooled by moonlight and the stars should be used for drinking.

Read more about all seasonal regimens

Other medicines and herbs that can balance both Vata and Pitta Doshas -
Milk and ghee,
of any animal, are good to balance Vata and Pitta.
Sweet lemon, Wheat, winter melon, raisins balance both Vata and Pitta.
Padmaka (Prunus puddum), Pundra (lotus variety), Vriddhi, Tuga (Bambusa bambos), Riddhi (Habenaria intermedia), Shringi (pistacia integerrima), Amrita (Giloy), yashtimadhu – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Priyala – Buchanania lanzan,
Parushaka - Phoenix pusilla,
Rasanjana – Berberis aristata,
Ashoka – Saraca indica,
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus,
Tanduleeyaka - Amaranthus spinosus L.
Sharkara – sugar
Vidari - Pueraria tuberosa
Palasha (Butea monosperma)

Ayurvedic Medicines useful in Vata Pitta imbalance:
Drakshasava
So, though it is slightly difficult to treat when Vata and Pitta are increased together, there are effective treatment options.
Tridosha - basic Principle Of Ayurveda

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. vata-pita imbalance, pungent taste (spicy) should be avoided, why you put pepper, cinnamon & cardamom on some foods suggested above.

    Tks for your clarification!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi Canis, a very good question. Actually, the spices in question are mentioned under the context of preparing the fermentation product – Panaka Pancharasa. Usually in any fermentation procedure, the spices are used. This is the reason why you see spices in Asava and Arisha preparation. The final taste of this product will be sweet, due to raisin, dates etc.

  2. Dear Doctor,

    I appreciate for presenting this article within a very short time. Thank you so much for clearing my query……I like the diagrammatic representation which will make us understand better. Thanks once again :)

  3. Why is meat of animals from “DESERT” region recommended when balancing vata pitta doshas?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      These animals living in desert like lands, get adopted to the hot and windy conditions. Hence, they will have qualities to fight against these qualities (of Pitta and Vata Dosha).
      Hence, the recommendation.
      Mrigavarga – Harina (antelope, fawn) Kuranga (type of deer), Arksa (white footed antelope) Gokarna (Deer antelop), Mrigamatrika (Red coloured hare like deer), Shasha ( rabbit), Shambara (deer with branched horns), Charushka (gazelle) sarabha (eight footed animal) Etc. are known as Mriga 43.
      These are different kinds of deer, antelope and bucks. Some of them are having horns, some are hornless, all of them are herbivorous and live in dry regions especially shrubby forests. In olden days they were being hunted mainly for food.

      Vishkira Varga - Lava (bustard quail), Vartika (bush quail), Vartira (rain quail), Raktavartma (red eyed owl), Kukkubha (wild cock), Kapinjala (black partridge), Upachakra (small greek pheasant), Chakora (greek pheasant), Kurubahava, Vartaka (button quail), Vartika( bush quail), Tittiri (grey partridge), krakara (black partridge), sikhi (peacock), tamracuda (domestic cock), bakara (small creane), gonarda (siberian crane), girivartika (mountain quail), Sharapada (a kind of sparrow), indrabha (hedge sparrow), varata (goose) etc. belong to the group known as viskira (birds which scratch the ground with their legs and picks up their food.)

      Pratuda Varga - Jivanijivaka (greek partridge ), datyuha (gallinule), bhrunagahwa (shrike), suka (parakeet), sarika (mynah), latva (wild sparrow), kokila (cuckoo), harita (grey peigon), kapota (wood peigon), Chataka (house sparrow) etc. belong to the group of pratuda (birds which peck the food and eat).

      These three categories of animals and birds are classified as – desert-like land animals.

  4. Sir, according to Menaka Gandhi human beings have large intestines than the animals that are carnivorous. Carnivorous animals can digest meat quickly approx 2-3 hrs which isn’t what a human being can do. So, the meat can probably rot inside & can give diseases as well.

    So, why is meat necessary at all ? I don’t eat meat but still the issues are getting resolved. When there are vegetarian options available than why kill the animals ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Can we live without eating meat? Yes we can. But eating non vegetarian food is a personal choice. But if cooked properly and if taken in right amount, meat can be digested by humans.

    • Tarun
      Menaka Gandhi has conveniently not told you that our digestive system cannot digest cellulose. So should I draw a conlusion that humans are not suited for eating vegetable matter?

      Also Ms Gandhi hasn’t yet told you that humans can easily eat raw meat and digest it, but try eating raw rice or wheat and tell me what happens.

      Dr Hebbar is very right in saying all this is a matter of personal choice and in my opinion also your lifestyle. Someone who has zero physical actiivty coupled with weakened digestive system will find it extremely difficult to digest meals containing meat.

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