How To Balance Pitta Dosha? Line Of Treatment

Pitta Dosha imbalance produces symptoms mainly in the stomach, intestines and on the skin. Pitta is related with blood. Hence most of the blood disorders are of Pitta origin. Let us learn about the line of treatment for Pitta imbalance.

We have already discussed about –
Pitta Dosha Dominance in different body parts
How To Observe Pitta Dosha Imbalance
Ayurvedic Pitta Diet

Pitta Dosha line of treatment

Line of treatment for Pitta Dosha Balance –
Ghee consumption
– Ghee (clarified butter) mitigates Pitta and increases digestion strength. Hence, regular use of ghee as part of diet is very useful to achieve Pitta balance. It can be plain ghee or medicated herbal ghee, based on physician’s advice.

Svadu, Sheeta Virechana – Virechana or purgation treatment, where in patient is given medicines to induce loose motion is the number one treatment of choice for Pitta increase. Purgation treatment with sweet tasting and coolant medicines like dry grapes, is very useful, because both sweet and cold properties are against Pitta. Purgation therapy targets small intestine, which is the place for Pitta.

Intake of foods and drugs having sweet, bitter and astringent tastes – because these tastes decrease Pitta.
Inhaling of fumes from herbs that are coolant, pleasant and cordial, especially useful in headaches of Pitta origin.

Anointing the body with camphor, sandalwood paste, Vetiver paste, very frequently – These herbs are coolant in nature and help to reduce the burning sensation caused by Pitta imbalance.

Pleasant activities –Residing on terraces lit by moonlight in the evenings, enjoying pleasant music and soft cold breeze etc. Anger is associated with Pitta increase hence keeping a cool mind helps.

Consuming milk – Cow milk is a natural coolant. Hence it helps to decrease Pitta. Hyper-acidity is also related with Pitta. Milk, being a source of calcium helps to relieve hyper-acidity, hence useful in Pitta.

Treatment according to Charaka

As per Charaka Samhita Vimana sthana 6th chapter,
The following therapies alleviate Pitta Dosha: 
Intake of ghee
Oleation by ghee
Use of drugs and diets having sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and cooling property
Use of scents which are mild, sweet, fragrant, cooling and cordial
Use of pearls, jewels and garlands which are kept in excessively cold water

Frequent sprinkling of cold water mixed with Chandana (Santalum album Linn), Priyangu (Callicarpa Macrophylla VahL), Kaliya (yellow variety of Chandana) and Mrinala (lotus stalk) mixed with Utpala (Nymphaea Alba Linn), Kumuda (a variety of Utpala) Kokanada , Sugandhika (a variety of Utpala) and Padma (Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn)

Hearing of songs and music which are pleasing to the ears, mild, sweet and agreeable
Hearing the information regarding prosperity
Keeping company of friends
Company of agreeable ladies wearing cooling garments and garlands;
Residence in buildings which is cooled by the moon rays and exposed to the breezes from all sides;
Residence in cold places in mountains and river banks, Use of cold apparel and exposure to the cold winds of fans.

Visiting beautiful gardens having pleasing, cold and fragrant wind
Use of the flower of Padma (Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn), Utpala (Nymphaea Alba Linn), Nalina (a type of lotus), Kumuda (a variety of Utpala), Saugandhika (a variety of Utpala) pundarika (Nymphaea lotus Linn) and Satapatra (a variety of lotus) and
Adoption of such other regimens that are of soothing nature.

Contributed by Dr Raghuram:
Below herbs and activities bring down increased Pitta Dosha:
Sheeta – intake of cold foods and exposure to cold comforts
Hridhya – indulging in likable and lovable activities, taking similar foods
Gandha – scents, perfumes
Sugandha – fragrances
Haara – garlands of flowers etc
Maninam hara – necklaces made up of pearls
Anulepa – regular and frequent application of pastes of karpoora (camphor), chandana (sandalwood) etc coolant herbs
Chandrama – getting exposed to moonlight
Geetam – hearing pleasant music
Hima anila – exposure to cool breeze
Mitram putram – wholesome and friendly talks with friends, relatives and kids
Chandanuvartini daara – company of loving wife who has adorned herself with coolant pastes of herbs, garlands and wet clothes
Sheetaambu dhaaraa – spending time near sprinklers or fountains
Garbha gruha – staying in underground homes or rooms
Udhyaana deerghikaaha – walking in the gardens
Salilaashaya saikate – walking on the sand on the banks of water etc

13 comments on “How To Balance Pitta Dosha? Line Of Treatment

  • Betsy

    08/10/2013 - 1:55 am

    Sounds like me and what I need to do.

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  • Gaurav

    24/10/2013 - 7:30 pm

    Is Aloe vera helpful in such cases? Any side effects to watch for? Should it be consumed only under medical supervision? thank you.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      03/11/2013 - 8:44 pm

      Hi, Aloe Vera is good for balancing Pitta. Many use this as a vegetable for cooking. Unless if someone has a very severe bleeding disorder, the cooked aloevera can be taken by everyone.

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  • Gaurav

    04/11/2013 - 10:55 am

    Are there any herbal ghees (ghritams) to help balance (a) Pitta alone (b) Vata? (alone, without causing imbalance in the other two doshas)

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  • Ravi

    03/10/2016 - 9:35 pm

    Pittas have Tikshana agni. How can this agni be managed so as to not invite indigestion and consequently ama formation ? How can we fine tune it to have excellent digestion?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      03/10/2016 - 10:12 pm

      Hi, If the Agni has become corrupt due to excess Pitta, then Virechana is recommended.
      If Pitta is just a little high and causing Teekshna agni, then herbs like raisins, pomegranate etc are recommended to calm down Pitta.

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  • Ravi

    07/11/2016 - 12:41 pm

    How is lotus and the other varieties that you have mentioned to be used to calm Pitta ? I guess Lotus has no fragrance and on the streets it is sold in the bud stage(not fully blossomed).

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  • Sunil Paramatt

    12/03/2017 - 9:53 am

    Hi Doctor,

    With all the information above, I understand that I am of pitta constitution, and for the last 1-2 weeks I am having severe burning sensation while urinating and even in stomach feels like acidic, and after defecation morning, anal area feels inflamed and even mouth is feeling like sore or inflamed.. can you suggest some remedy? Thanks…

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  • Jesse

    17/10/2020 - 6:50 pm

    Dear sir/madam,

    Many websites state that peanuts are pitta aggravating. Do you know if this is correct?

    Kind regards,


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