Pitta carries the traits of fire and water. It is primarily fire-like, but contains within it the lubricating qualities of water. Like fire, pitta is hot, light and sharp. And like water, pitta is unctuous, viscous, fluid and liquid.
Pitta’s primary action is transformation. Just as a fire transforms wood to ash, the fire of the body transforms food to body tissues. Pitta is responsible for digestion, maintenance of body temperature, vision, taste, appetite, thirst, intellect, luster and bravery.