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Nature's Healing Qualities: The Gunas:Hot
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Reported by John Immel, Asheville, NC
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Pitta aggravating

Elements: Fire
Balanced by 'Cold'.
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ayurvedic notes

Hot climate

"Hot" is anything that causes an increase in temperature or causes sweating. The body radiates heat from the blood through sweat. When the weather is hot, the blood vessels on the surface of the skin dilate and the heart rate increases, making the skin red and flushed.

Summertime is the season of poor appetite. Red skin is engorged with blood, leaving less blood for digestive organs. Hot weather makes the body relaxed, comfortable, and grounded. Pathological heat causes dizziness and fainting. The body becomes lethargic like the "lazy dog days of summer."

Sweating and secretions help cleanse the skin, digestive tract, circulatory, and lymphatic system. Saunas, baths, steam baths, sweat lodges, and exercise are among the numerous ways people cleanse with heat.

Heating foods

Spicy food brings blood flow back to the GI tract. It stimulates the appetite, burns toxicity, and reduces tissues (burns ojas). Heating foods cause thirst, sweat, a burning sensation as in chilies, and even bleeding. For example, eating too many chilies makes the body sweat. Chilies are hot because they irritate the digestive tract lining.

Eat too much turmeric and you might get angry. Turmeric is heating because it dilates blood vessels. Vinegar is heating because it is acidic. Generally avoid heating foods in the summer.

Hot water

Hot water is one of the most powerful herbal medicines. As hot weather brings blood to the surface of the skin, hot water brings blood to the GI tract. Flush with the blood, hot water improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. Hot water improves circulation. It is a powerful diaphoretic that opens the surface of the body, and is the primary therapy for fever in Ayurveda.

Hot water is also a decongestant, liquefying all Kapha.

Effect of heating foods on the nervous system

When there is too much heat, the mind becomes hot tempered, angry, irritable, or impatient. Heat increases courage and valor. Passion is hot. Heat generally projects the personality outward. Yogis spend time in cool mountaintop temperatures because it helps them turn inward.

Causes of excess heat

Any irritation or wound, fermentation in the small intestine, exercise, or too much clothing causes heat. Liver imbalance, infection, hot climates, hot foods, and Pitta imbalances cause heat conditions.

Signs of excess heat

The signs of heart and blood heat are red skin, red eyes, and a red tip of the tongue. The signs of liver heat are yellow eyes or a yellowish tinge to the hands and skin. Other signs of heat include rashes, acne, infection, fever, anger, irritability, and sweat. Heat relieves spasms, and causes suppuration of wounds, liver spots, premature graying of the hair, and loss of hair. If you have poison ivy and eat heating foods or take a hot shower, the poison ivy may get worse.

Treatment of hot

Bitter-tasting food and herbs such as neem clear blood and liver heat. Astringent food and herbs such as amalaki relieve inflammation in the gut. Sweet tasting foods and herbs like shatavari and licorice root cool Pitta and soothe Vata. Milk, cucumber, cilantro and watermelon are cooling. Washing the face or sprinkling the body with cool water is cooling.
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Gymnema sylvestreVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingMahanarayan Oil (16 fl oz)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
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Hingvastak ChurnaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingBreathe Freely - Natural DecongestantVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
TrikatuVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingSinus RinseVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Mindfulness & Digest Cleanse TeaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDashamoola PowderVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Mahanarayan Oil (4 fl oz)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingWinter Tea BlendVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Enhanced TurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingGuduchiVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
VidangaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingKaishore GugguluVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Holy Basil (Tulsi)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingShilajit TonicVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Lung TonicKapha pacifyingImmune SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Radiant & Glowing Skin TonicVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingBayberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Heat Conditions: My Practitioner Says I Have OneDigestive CordialVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
GugguluVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingOsha TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Ashwagandha TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingAshwagandha TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Cold/Flu Remedy TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingPippaliVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Vacha (calamus)Bilva
Castor OilVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingElecampane TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Holy Basil (Tulsi) TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingMacaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Motil-Colon Stimulant LaxativeVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingPostpartum TonicVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Season's ReLeafStrong Defense
Sugar Balance TeaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingYarrow TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Angelica TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingChitrakVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Echinacea TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingGeranium, Wild Tincture
Grapefruit Lemongrass SoapVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHealthy Kapha TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Healthy Vata TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingKaishore Guggulu TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Kapha Digest TabletsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingLobelia TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Love Potion, Hot BlendLung Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Prickly Ash TincturePunarnavadi Guggulu TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Simhanad Guggulu TabletsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingSpikenard Root TinctureKapha pacifying
Stone root TinctureTriphala Guggulu TabletsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Vata Digest TabletsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
aggravates these symptoms*
Presence of these symptoms may be a sign 'Hot' is aggravated in your body.
Blood and Circulation
Autoimmune DisordersPitta aggravatingBloodshot EyesPitta aggravating
Blurry VisionPitta aggravatingBright red tonguePitta aggravating
Chronic InfectionVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingClear / absent tongue coatingPitta aggravating
Dilated PupilPitta aggravatingFast HeartbeatVata aggravating
Flushes EasilyPitta aggravatingGall Bladder InflammationPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Gall Bladder RemovedPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingGallstones / AttackPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Heat aggravatesPitta aggravatingHepatitis (Past/Current)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Herpes - Mouth / FacialVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingHigh Blood PressurePitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Hot FlashesVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingHot in torso/chest areaKapha aggravating
InflammationPitta aggravatingInterstitial Cystitis
Liver SorePitta aggravatingLiver spots numerousVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)Pitta aggravatingNight sweatsVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Red dots on tongueVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingRed tip of tonguePitta aggravating
Sensitive to AlcoholVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingSensitivity to bright lightPitta aggravating
Sour sweatPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingStaph infectionPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Stinging EyesPitta aggravatingStrong body odorPitta aggravating
Sweat oftenPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSweaty palmsPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Thalassemia MinorVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingYellow tongue coatingPitta aggravating
Yellowish skinPitta aggravating
Bones
FibromyalgiaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingHair lossPitta aggravating
Osteoporosis / OsteopeniaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingRheumatoid ArthritisPitta aggravating
Swollen jointsTendinitisPitta aggravating
Weak musclesVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Diet
AlcoholPitta aggravatingChocolateVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
CoffeeVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingPeanutsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
PizzaPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSpicy foodPitta aggravating
Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Current)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingTomatoesVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Digestion
Anal ItchingPitta aggravatingAppendicitisVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Burning Abdominal PainPitta aggravatingCeliac DiseasePitta aggravating
Citrus allergyPitta aggravatingCrohn's DiseaseVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Duodenal UlcerVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingFood allergyPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Frequent cavitiesKapha aggravatingGastritisPitta aggravating
Gum inflammationPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingH pylori infectionVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
HemorrhoidsPitta aggravatingHyperacidityPitta aggravating
Sharp Pain AbdomenPitta aggravatingSmelly GasPitta aggravating
Sores inside mouthVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingSour TastePitta aggravating
Stomach UlcerPitta aggravatingStrong abdominal pulsePitta aggravating
Strong food cravingsKapha aggravatingStrong hungerPitta aggravating
Strong/frequently thirstyPitta aggravatingTraveler's DiarrheaVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Ulcerative ColitisVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingVomiting BloodVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Yellow teethPitta aggravating
Constitution
Avoids heatPitta aggravatingBright red lips, face or palmsPitta aggravating
Medium wealth, spends on luxuriesPitta aggravating
Kidney Bladder Urinary
Bladder infectionPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingBurning/painful urinationPitta aggravating
Cloudy urinePitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingDark Yellow UrineVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Urinary Tract InfectionPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Mind Stress Sleep
Anger, irritable, ambitious, analyticalPitta aggravatingArguments / Frustration / AngerPitta aggravating
At odds with church / religionPitta aggravatingAt odds with familyPitta aggravating
At odds with local communityPitta aggravatingAt odds with nationality / culture
Conflict makes me angry, irritablePitta aggravatingDizzinessVata aggravating
Easily insulted / sensitivePitta aggravatingFaintingVata aggravating
Hyperactive, quickVata aggravatingI'm different from others / unique
Illegal Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingIntelligent, efficient, perfectionistPitta aggravating
Intense emotionsPitta aggravatingJudgmental
MigrainesPitta aggravatingSelf CriticalPitta aggravating
Sharp languagePitta aggravatingTobacco Cigarette Smoker (Past)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
WorkaholicVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Poop
3+ bowel movements a dayPitta aggravatingBloody stoolsPitta aggravating
DiarrheaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingDiarrhea quickly after eatingVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Explosive eliminationVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingFoul odorous stoolPitta aggravating
Green stoolPitta aggravatingPencil stool - thin & longPitta aggravating
Pus in stoolPitta aggravatingSoft StoolPitta aggravating
Stool entirely liquid, no solid piecesVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingStool formed, but porous & airyVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Straining to eliminateVata aggravatingTarry black stoolsVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Yellow stoolVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Reproductive Health
Bright red menstrual bloodPitta aggravatingHeavy PeriodPitta aggravating
Routine
Food is romantic / passionatePitta aggravating
Skin
Acne - generalKapha aggravatingBruise easilyPitta aggravating
Cold soresVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingEasily hotPitta aggravating
EczemaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingFlat rashPitta aggravating
HivesPitta aggravatingItchy skinPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Moles numerousVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingOily face / dry extremitiesPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Oily SkinKapha aggravatingOily t-zone onlyPitta aggravating
Painful rashPitta aggravatingPsoriasisVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Raised & bumpy rashPitta aggravatingRashesPitta aggravating
Red/flushed skinPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingRosaceaePitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Ruddy complexionVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingScaly / flaky skinVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Sensitive to Poison IvyPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSkin red after mild abrasionPitta aggravating
Skin sensitivity to chemicalsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingThin hairVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Warm & rosy skinPitta aggravating
Weight Loss
Hashimoto's ThyroiditisPitta aggravatingHyperthyroidVata aggravating
Pear shapePitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSelf-loathingPitta aggravating
 

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