Pitta: 25 definitions
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Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
Pitta (पित्त) refers to one of the three doṣas (the other being Vāta and Kapha), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga), verses 67-68. Accordingly, “the substances, which alleviate vāta, are good digestive and appetizers. Similarly, a drug which alleviates kapha, is also appetizer and slightly digestive stimulant. But, a drug reducing the action of pitta, is not a good digestive. A substance which is heavy (guru), śīta, vīrya and anti-pitta, will aggravate vāta-doṣa. Similarly, a substance which is light, uṣṇa, vīrya, anti-vāta, will alleviate kapha and increase pitta-doṣa”.Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
Pitta (पित्त) refers to one of the three Doṣas (tridoṣa), representing the “fire element” of the human body. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The three doṣas are three bodily humors, which when in balance, sustain perfect human health. According to Dṛḍhabala, Pitta-doṣa is situated in the hṛdaya (cardiac region). The quantum of Pitta-doṣa fluctuates during youthful age, midday and midnight and food under digestion. It also fluctuates according to the different seasons: during during monsoon (varṣā) it accumulates, during autumn (śarada) it aggrevates and during pre-winter (hemanta) it pacifies. It is important to keep track of these fluctuations in order to prevent seasonal disorders.Source: Google Books: Exploring Mantric Ayurveda
Pitta – Fire or Bile, composed of Fire and Water (see Tridosha).Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
Pitta (पित्त):—The word ‘pitta’ is derived from the verb-root ‘tapa’ meaning ‘to heat’, thus pitta is concerned with various physiological functions relating to agni (heat). Digestion of food, body-heat, thirst and hunger, vision, lustre, cheerfulness and intellect—these are normal functions of Pitta. Pitta represents fire-principle and as such is concerned with processes of conversion, consumption and other chemical changes taking place in the living body.
Causes of aggravation:—Pitta is aggravated by excessive intake of pungent, sour, hot and irritant substances, anger, sun-heat, during digestion, midday, midnight, in youtful age and autumn season.
Symptoms:—Aggravated Pitta causes excessive perspiration, burning sensation, pyrexia, loss of consciousness, thirst, yellowishness in skin, eye, urine etc.
Treatment:—Vāta, Pitta and Kapha should be treated with eliminative therapy (known as ‘pañcakarma’). Thereafter they should be pacified with prescribed measures relating to diet, drug and activity. Pitta gets pacified with sweets, bitters and astringents, friendly consolation, intake and sprinkling cold water.Source: Google Books: A Practical Approach to the Science of Ayurveda
Pitta (पित्त).—One of the three biological humors (tridoṣa).—Pitta is responsible for all aspects of heat, light and color in the body. The one that generates heat in the body is called pitta. Pitta is a source of thermal energy in the body. Sometimes pitta is translated as bile, which is one important aspect of its functions.
Pitta-doṣa regulates the enzymes and hormones in the body. It is responsible for digestion and metabolism. Whatever is ingested as food and the oxygen we breathe in are converted to body constituents (doṣas, dhātus and malas) by the action of pitta.
There are five types of pitta on the basis of location and function:
- pācaka (located in the lower part of the stomach and central part of the small intestine),
- rañjaka (located in the red blood cells, liver, spleen and stomach),
- sādhaka (located in the heart),
- ālocaka (located in the eyes),
- bhrājaka (located in the skin).
The Pittam owes its origin to the bodily heat (Āgneya)Source: Easy Ayurveda: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Pitta can be checked by not consuming foods which are hot, spicy, rich in salt and sour tastes, avoiding excess exposure to heat and fire, keeping away from anger and extremes of emotion and stress, managing spring season and summer etc – This will prevent the further inflammatory process taking place in the joints, bones, soft tissues, tendons and nerves and help in recovery processSource: Cogprints: Concepts of Human Physiology in Ayurveda
Pitta performs the activities like digestion, metabolism, production of heat and that is why it is called ‘Agni’ meaning ‘Fire’. For all practical purposes, ‘Agni’ and ‘Pitta’ are to be considered as identical entities (Suśrutasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 21/9, Carakasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 12/11). ‘Agni’ itself is present in the body in the form of Pitta. When it is normal, it performs the functions like maintenance of normal digestion, normal vision, normal body temperature, normal complexion, valor, happiness and nutrition. When it is abnormal, all these functions also will be abnormal (Carakasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 12/11). Other functions of endocrine system are described under the functions of ‘Pitta’.
Formation of Bilirubin: Byproduct of metabolism of ‘Rakta’ is ‘Pitta’. (Carakasaṃhitā Cikitsāsthāna 15/18). This ‘Pitta’ is Bilirubin, the product of hemoglobin metabolism. This is formed in the monocyte- macrophage system, mainly in the spleen.
Hyperbilirubinemia: When the ‘Pitta’ exceeds its normal levels, there is manifestation of symptoms like yellowish discoloration of feces, urine, eyes and skin (Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 11/7). When the total serum bilirubin level exceeds 2mg/dl, usually there is manifestation of clinical jaundice.Source: Hand book of domestic medicine: Basic principles of Āyurveda
The word Pitta is derived from the root ‘Tapa’ which means heat (Santāpa). This Doṣa is responsible for digestion and metabolism of the body. It is of 5 types viz.
- Pācaka Pitta,
- Rañjaka Pitta,
- Bhrājaka Pitta,
- Ālocaka Pitta
- and Sādhaka Pitta.
Pitta (पित्त):—One of the three bodily Doṣas that is responsible for digestion and metabolism in the body. It is situated in umbilicus, stomach, sweat, lymph, blood, watery fluids of the body, eye and skin. It is predominant of Agni mahābhūta. Its attributes are: Sasneha (slightly unctuous), Tīkṣṇa (sharp), Uṣṇa (hot), Laghu (light), Visra (of pungent odour), Sara (flowing) and Drava (liquid). Pitta is of five types: Pācaka, Ālocaka, Raṅjaka, Bhrājaka and Sādhaka.
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Pitta is the bilious humour, or that secreted between the stomach and bowels and flowing through the liver and permeating spleen, heart, eyes, and skin; its chief quality is heat. It is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and hence metabolism.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Pitta (पित्त, “bile”) refers to one of the thirty-substances of the human body according to the Visuddhimagga, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra mentions thirty-six substances [viz., pitta]; the Sanskrit sources of both the Lesser and the Greater Vehicles, physical substances are 26 in number while the Pāli suttas list thirty-once substances.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
pitta : (nt.) the bile.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pitta, (nt.) (cp. Vedic pitta) 1. the bile, gall; the bile also as seat of the bilious temperament, excitement or anger. Two kinds are distinguished at KhA 60= Vism. 260, viz. baddha° & abaddha°, bile as organ & bile as fluid. See also in detail Vism. 359; VbhA. 65, 243.—In enumerations of the parts or affections of the body pitta is as a rule combd with semha (cp. Vin. II, 137; Kh 111; Vism. 260, 344; Miln. 298).—Vin. II, 137; M. III, 90; S. IV, 230, 231 (+semha); A. II, 87; III, 101, 131; Sn. 198 (+semha), 434 (id. , expld as the two kinds at SnA 388); Nd1 370; J. I, 146 (+semha); II, 114 (pittan te kupitaṃ your bile is upset or out of order, i.e. you are in a bad mood); Miln. 112 (vāta-pittasemha ... ), 304 (roga, +semha), 382 (+semha); DhsA. 190 (as blue-green); DhA. III, 15 (cittaṃ n’atthi pittaṃ n’atthi has no heart and no bile, i.e. does not feel & get excited; vv. ll. vitta & nimitta).—2. (according to Morris, J. P. T. S. 1893, 4 for *phitta=phīta, Sk. sphīta) swelling, a gathering Vin. II, 188 (Vin. Texts III, 237 “a burst gall, i.e. bladder”); S. II, 242. The passage is not clear, in C. on Ud. I, 7 we read cittaṃ, see Morris Loc. cit. May the meaning be “muzzle”? —kosaka gall-bladder KhA 61; Vism. 263; VbhA. 246. (Page 459)
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
pitta (पित्त).—n (S) Bile, the bilious humor. 2 fig. Choler, fieriness, irascibility. pitta usaḷaṇēṃ-khavaḷaṇēṃ-caḍhaṇēṃ. To work hot; to have one's choler stirred, lit. fig. pittācī jōta bharaṇēṃ (urānta) To have the heartburn: (ghaśānta) To have bilious burning in the throat. Also pittānēṃ jaḷa- jaḷatēṃ or ucamaḷatēṃ impersonally in both the above senses. pitta tāpaviṇēṃ g. of o. To incense, irritate, anger.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
pitta (पित्त).—n Bile, the bilious humor. Choler, irascibility. pitta usaḷaṇēṃ-khavaḷaṇēṃ-caḍhaṇēṃ To work hot; to have one's choler stirred, lit. fig. pittācī jōta bharaṇēṃ (urānta) To have the heartburn: (ghaśānta) To have bilious burning in the throat. pitta tāpaviṇēṃ To incense, irritate,
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Pitta (पित्त).—Bile, one of the three humours of the body (the other two being vāta and kapha and its chief quality (heat); पित्तं यदि शर्करया शाम्यति कोऽर्थः पटोलेन (pittaṃ yadi śarkarayā śāmyati ko'rthaḥ paṭolena) Pt.1.378; पित्तमुष्णं द्रवं पीतं नीलं सत्त्वगुणोत्तरम् । सरं कटु (pittamuṣṇaṃ dravaṃ pītaṃ nīlaṃ sattvaguṇottaram | saraṃ kaṭu) >घु स्निग्धं तीक्ष्ण- मम्ले तु पाकतः (ghu snigdhaṃ tīkṣṇa- mamle tu pākataḥ) ||; मध्याह्ने च यथार्धरात्रसमये पित्तप्रकोपो भवेत् (madhyāhne ca yathārdharātrasamaye pittaprakopo bhavet) Bhāva. P.
Derivable forms: pittam (पित्तम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ttaṃ) Bile, the bilious humour. E. api certainly, do to destroy, or deṅ to nourish, aff. kta, deriv. irr., or tap to inflame, aff. kta, and the radical letters transposed.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pitta (पित्त).—n. Bile, Mahābhārata 6, 3736.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pitta (पित्त).—[neuter] the bile.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pitta (पित्त):—n. ([etymology] unknown) bile, the bilious humour (one of the three humours cf. kapha and vāyu or that secreted between the stomach and bowels and flowing through the liver and permeating spleen, heart, eyes, and skin; its chief quality is heat), [Atharva-veda]; etc.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pitta (पित्त):—(ttaṃ) 1. n. Bile.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Pitta (पित्त):—n. Galle [Amarakoṣa 2, 6, 2, 13.] [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 2, 6, 17.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 462.] [Halāyudha 2, 450.] su.a.ṇo jā.aḥ pratha.astasya.tvaṃ pi.tamāsitha [Atharvavedasaṃhitā 1, 24, 1.] agne pi.tama.āmasi [Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 17, 6. 19, 85. 25, 7.] [The Śatapathabrāhmaṇa 12, 9, 1, 3.] einer der drei humores des Körpers (mit vāta und kapha), der seinen Sitz zwischen Magen und Gedärm (āmāśaya und pakvāśaya) hat, ausserdem vorzugsweise in Leber, Milz, Herz, Auge und Haut zur Erscheinung kommt und besonders die Eigenschaft der Wärme hat. [Suśruta 1, 77, 3. fgg. 78, 4. fgg.] rāgapaktyojastejomedhoṣmakṛtpittaṃ pañcadhā pravibhaktamagnikarmaṇānugrahaṃ karoti [48, 5. 20, 8.] pittaṃ śaradi nirharet [23, 9.] vṛddhi [49, 20.] śopha [131, 16.] viṣa [2, 258, 4. 276, 5.] abhimanyostatastu ghoraṃ yuddhamavartata . śarīrasya yathā rājanvātapittakaphaistribhiḥ .. [Mahābhārata 6, 3736.] pittāttu darśanaṃ paktimauṣṇaṃ rūpaṃ prakāśatām (ātmā gṛhṇātyajaḥ) [Yājñavalkya’s Gesetzbuch 3, 77.] pañca (añjalayaḥ) pittam [106.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 19, 9. 104, 11.] prakṛti von galligem Temperament seiend [BṚH. 2, 8.] pittodrecakairbhuktairjvalatpitto vahajjvaram [Rājataraṅgiṇī 4, 526.] pittaṃ yadi śarkarayā śāmyati ko rthaḥ paṭolena [Pañcatantra I, 423.] [Spr. 775.] — Vgl. kūrma, go, rakta, paittika .
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Pitta (पित्त):—vgl. māṃsapitta .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
Pitta (पित्त):—n. Galle.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
1) Pitta (पित्त) [Also spelled pitt]:—(nm) bile, gall; bilious humour; ~[kara] bilious;—[jvara] bilious fever; ~[dāha] bilious fever; ~[nāśaka] antibilious; —[prakṛti] of bilious temperament, petulant; —[prakopa] the bilious humour to be in a disturbed state; ~[hara] antibilious; —[ubalanā/khaulanā] to be bilious/fretful.
2) Pittā (पित्ता):—(nm) the gall bladder; ~[māra] dry and full of drudgery; [ubālanā/khaulanā] to be bilious/enraged; —[pānī karanā] to drudge; to work very hard; —[māranā] to subside one’s wrath.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+65): Pitta-papada, Pittabhavana, Pittabheda, Pittabheshaja, Pittabhishyanda, Pittaci Kuppi, Pittaci-kupi, Pittadaha, Pittadhara, Pittadharakala, Pittadhika, Pittadosha, Pittadravin, Pittagadin, Pittaghna, Pittaghnaka, Pittaghni, Pittagulma, Pittahan, Pittahara.
Ends with (+19): Acchapitta, Adhoraktapitta, Adhosrapitta, Alocakapitta, Alochakapitta, Amalapitta, Amlapitta, Ampitta, Apampitta, Appitta, Asrapitta, Asrikpitta, Bhrajakapitta, Gopitta, Jalapitta, Jaratpitta, Jhashapitta, Kupitta, Kurmapitta, Mamsapitta.
Full-text (+407): Matsyapitta, Pittarakta, Pittajvara, Pittaghna, Pittahara, Amlapitta, Vatapitta, Apampitta, Pittavinashana, Pittarogin, Pittagadin, Pittasyanda, Asrapitta, Raktapitta, Pittadravin, Raktapittaha, Vatapittajvara, Jalapitta, Pittavayu, Shonitapitta.
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History of Indian Medicine (and Ayurveda) (by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society)
Chapter 7 - The Nature and Functions of the Body Triumvirate < [Part 6 - The Science of the Triumvirate (Tridosha) Pathogenesis]
Chapter 6 - Method of Nomenclature < [Part 6 - The Science of the Triumvirate (Tridosha) Pathogenesis]
Chapter 5 - The Study of Constitution < [Part 6 - The Science of the Triumvirate (Tridosha) Pathogenesis]
Charaka Samhita (English translation) (by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society)
Chapter 20 - The Major List of Diseases (maharoga) < [Sutrasthana (Sutra Sthana)]
Chapter 27e - The group of Fruits (Phala) < [Sutrasthana (Sutra Sthana)]
Chapter 19 - The Eight Abdominal affections (udara-roga) < [Sutrasthana (Sutra Sthana)]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 8 - Vāyu, Pitta and Kapha < [Chapter XIII - Speculations in the Medical Schools]
Part 10 - The Circulatory and the Nervous System < [Chapter XIII - Speculations in the Medical Schools]
Part 11 - The Theory of Rasas and their Chemistry < [Chapter XIII - Speculations in the Medical Schools]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa) (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 4 - Uses of gairika < [Chapter IX - Uparasa (10): Gairika (red ochre)]
Part 1 - Characteristics of Shilajatu or Shilajit (bitumen) < [Chapter IV - Uparasa (4): Shilajatu or Shilajit (bitumen)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Sushruta Samhita, Volume 6: Uttara-tantra (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Chapter XLV - Symptoms and Treatment of Hemorrhage (Rakta-pitta) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter XXII - Causes and symptoms of diseases of the nose < [Canto I - Shalakya-tantra (ears, eyes, nose, mouth and throat)]
Chapter II - Pathology of the diseases of the eye-joints < [Canto I - Shalakya-tantra (ears, eyes, nose, mouth and throat)]