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

Elements: Fire
Balanced by 'Cold'.
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.
herbs & products with Hot quality
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Candida Cleanse Tea
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$16.00 $14.40
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$16.00 $14.40
Refresh your body and your taste buds while addressing the root causes of food cravings. Cleansing, detoxifying, and emotionally clarifying.

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam (9.4oz)
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Garcinia Cambogia FruitVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingKapha Oil (16 oz)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Vital Step - Thyroid TonicVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingTrikatuVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Shilajit TonicVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingBreathe Freely - Natural DecongestantVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Mahanarayan Oil (16 oz)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingWarm and Nourish - Vata Pacifying Spice BlendVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Dashamoola PowderVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingTurmeric Cumin Rescue TeaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Ashwagandha TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHingvastak ChurnaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Holy Basil (Tulsi)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingMindfulness & Digest Cleanse TeaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Sinus RinseVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingChai Spice Tea BlendVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
GuduchiVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingTriphala Guggulu TabletsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Winter Tea BlendVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingBayberry TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Grapefruit Lemongrass SoapVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingLose Weight with Ayurveda - Starter Kit
Ashwagandha TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHealthy Kapha TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
VidangaVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingEnhanced TurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Lung TonicKapha pacifyingAbhayrishta- Colon TonicVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Healthy Vata TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHoly Basil (Tulsi) TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Radiant & Glowing Skin TonicVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive CordialVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Mahanarayan Oil (4 fl oz)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingGugguluVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Immune SupportVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingLobelia TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
BilvaCastor OilVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Damiana TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingHeat Conditions: My Practitioner Says I Have One
Motil-Colon Stimulant LaxativeVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingOsha TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
PippaliVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingVacha (calamus)
Vata Digest TabletsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingBacopa TinctureVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Blood Sugar Balance TeaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingCaffeine Replacement TeaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Cold/Flu Remedy TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingElecampane TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Hawthorne Berry & Flower TinctureVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingKaishore GugguluVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Kaishore Guggulu TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingKapha Digest TabletsVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Love Potion, Hot BlendVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingMacaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Postpartum TonicVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSeason's ReLeaf
Strong DefenseYarrow TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Angelica TinctureVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingCalamus TinctureVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
ChitrakVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingGeranium, Wild Tincture
Goldenrod TinctureKapha Shiro Oil (128 oz)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Lung Formula TabletsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPrickly Ash Tincture
Punarnavadi Guggulu TabletsVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingSimhanad Guggulu TabletsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Spikenard Root TinctureKapha pacifyingStone root Tincture
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
FibromyalgiaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingHair lossPitta aggravating
Osteoporosis / OsteopeniaVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingRheumatoid ArthritisPitta aggravating
Swollen jointsTendinitisPitta aggravating
Weak musclesVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
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
Anal ItchingPitta aggravatingAppendicitisVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Bad breathVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingBurning Abdominal PainPitta aggravating
Celiac DiseasePitta aggravatingCitrus allergyPitta aggravating
Crohn's DiseaseVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingDry Mouth / TongueVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Duodenal UlcerVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingFood allergyPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Frequent cavitiesKapha aggravatingGastritisPitta aggravating
Gum inflammationPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingH pylori infectionVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
HemorrhoidsPitta aggravatingHyperacidityPitta aggravating
Leaky Gut SyndromeVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingReceding gumsPitta aggravatingKapha 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
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 aggravatingAt odds with church / religionPitta aggravating
At odds with familyPitta aggravatingAt odds with local communityPitta aggravating
At odds with nationality / cultureConflict makes me angry, irritablePitta aggravating
Dizzy / Light-headedVata aggravatingEasily insulted / sensitivePitta aggravating
FaintingVata aggravatingHyperactive, quickVata aggravating
I'm different from others / uniqueIllegal Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Intelligent, efficient, perfectionistPitta aggravatingIntense emotionsPitta aggravating
JudgmentalMigrainesVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Preoccupied with sex / lustVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingSelf CriticalPitta aggravating
Sharp languagePitta aggravatingTobacco Cigarette Smoker (Past)Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
WorkaholicVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
3+ bowel movements a dayVata aggravatingPitta 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
Abortion (Past)Vata aggravatingKapha pacifyingBright red menstrual bloodPitta aggravating
Heavy PeriodPitta aggravating
Food is romantic / passionatePitta aggravating
Acne - generalKapha aggravatingAcne - painfulPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Bruise easilyPitta aggravatingCold soresVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Easily hotPitta aggravatingEczemaVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Flat rashPitta aggravatingHivesPitta aggravating
Itchy skinPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingMoles numerousVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Oily face / dry extremitiesPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingOily SkinKapha aggravating
Oily t-zone onlyPitta aggravatingPainful rashPitta aggravating
PsoriasisVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingRaised & bumpy rashPitta aggravating
RashesPitta aggravatingRed/flushed skinPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
RosaceaePitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingRuddy complexionVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Scaly / flaky skinVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingSensitive to Poison IvyPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Skin red after mild abrasionPitta aggravatingSkin sensitivity to chemicalsVata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Thin hairVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingWarm & rosy skinPitta aggravating
Weight Loss
Hashimoto's ThyroiditisVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingHyperthyroidVata aggravating
Pear shapePitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSelf-loathingPitta aggravating

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