What Climates are Best for Pitta Dosha, According to Ayurveda?

“People of pitta nature are challenged by climates that aggravate pitta. These climates are hot and moist. Hence, the tropics are quite challenging. In addition, the heat and humidity found in the summer on the East Coast can be devastating. People of pitta nature thrive in areas that are cooler and drier. The high deserts are well suited to the pitta individual, as well as the northern tundra regions of Canada and northern Alaska. While cold, dry regions are best, any cool region is preferable over a warm one.

If a person of pitta nature finds himself/herself living in a region that is aggravating to his/her constitution, extra care must be taken to antidote the effect of the local climate. The intake of foods and herbs that are cooling will help. Cool herbal teas such as hibiscus, peppermint, burdock and coriander taken regularly bring lasting relief. All pitta-pacifying practices should be followed for maximum benefit.”

Excerpt from “Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine,” by Dr. Marc Halpern, Founder of the California College of Ayurveda