Pittam, Pittham, Piṭṭam: 2 definitions
Pittam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Kerala Ayurveda Resorts: Pittham
Pittham, made up of Fire and Water, expresses as the body's metabolic system. It governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. In balance, Pittham promotes understanding and intelligence. Out of balance, Pittham arouses anger, hatred and jealousy.
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: The Sushruta Samhita: Pittam
The function of the Pittam consists in metamorphosing the chyle, through a graduated series of organic principles, to a protoplasmic substance like sperm in men, and the ovum in women. Thus we see that the Pittam of the Ayurveda corresponds to metabolism of Western physiology. But by a confounding carelessness of terms the excreted portion of Rasa and blood though ultimately connected with those normal physiological processes has been respectively styled as the Doshas or defiling principles of Kaphah and Pittam.
The term Pittam, which, by its etymology, signifies the agent of metabolism, has been loosely used by our Ayurvedic physiolgists to denote two different organic principles from an observed similarity in their nature and functions. Pittam in Sanskrit means both bile and metabolism of tissues as well as the bodily heat which is the product of the latter.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+24): Pitta, Iratta-pittam, Cuvetapittam, Vatapittam, Alocakapittam, Vyanga, Granthi, Urabhra, Arvuda, Utpaladi, Upapaka, Triphaladi, Srimara, Dashamula, Camara, Vidarigandhadi, Patoladi, Upacakra, Godha, Visarpa.
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The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CXCII - Medicinal recipes of inffalible effcacies < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CXLVII - The Nidanam of Fever < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CLXII - The Nidanam of Chorosis < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 1 - Synonyms and Characteristics of Parada (mercury) < [Chapter III - Parada (Mercury)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa) (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
The Religion and Philosophy of Tevaram (Thevaram) (by M. A. Dorai Rangaswamy)
Chapter 1 - The Tondar or Tontar (devotees) and their religion < [Volume 4.1.2 - The conception of Paramanaiye Paduvar]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Sushruta Samhita, volume 1: Sutrasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)