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The pitta response to stress

Pitta types are determined, sharp-witted and competitive with clear, confident speech. They often have strong opinions and are good decision makers. This dosha type is dominated by the fire element, and when put under unexpected pressure may become too ‘hot under the collar’. This can show through increased irritability, frustration and anger. This type can also relish the challenge even though it may exhaust them leading to ‘burn-out’. Physical symptoms in response to stress triggers in this type include increased sweating, heartburn, acid indigestion, diarrhoea and hypertension.

If you don't already know what dosha you are, you can find out by taking our short dosha quiz.

So how do we balance pitta?

You can balance pitta’s hot and intense nature by seeking out the opposite qualities of calm, coolness and moderation. If you are feeling angry, try to think of a peaceful scene or situation. Going for regular walks in nature will also help put perspectives on things, especially if you can look out over a horizon. In times of stress its best to avoid reaching for spicy, salty and sour foods (such as chilies, crisps and alcohol) which all increase pitta in the digestive system. Avoiding stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine will also help keep cool and calm.

Pukka teas and herbs to try:

  • To balance the nervous system, try Shatavari: this herb strengthens the adrenal glands and is also cooling and calming. Whilst good for all three doshas, this herb is especially helpful to calm and sooth for pitta types

  • Partner these with Pukka teas to cool this dosha such as: Three MintLoveWomankind and Peppermint & Licorice.

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Author: Sebastian Pole

Co-founder and Master herbsmith

Pukka’s Co-founder and Master Herbsmith keeps a close eye on the formulation of our organic creations. Sebastian has been in clinical practice since 1998 using a blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbal medicine and has pioneered organic and FairWild practitioner-grade herbs as the norm at Pukka.


Degree in Hindi and Indian Religions, a registered yoga therapist

Years of experience

23 years in clinical practice

Professional registrations

Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners, Fluent in Hindi.

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