Cellulite is the lumpy, dimpled skin which appears mainly on hips, thighs
and buttocks. It is, in fact, the subcutaneous fat deposit or the fat
deposit on the conjunctive tissue under the skin. The fatty dimpled skin
appearance is also known as the 'cottage cheese' or 'orange peel'
appearance. It is mainly a woman specific disorder and not a disease.
- Feeling of pain at touching
- Presence of a micro or macro nodules (felt when touched)
- Stretch marks
- Feeling similar to pins and needles prick
- Muscular pain
- Back/neck ache
- Feeling of coldness/nervousness, etc.
Aggravated Kapha dosha
Cellulite is identified by Ayurveda as 'Vasa'- the
heavy, saturated type of fat tissue. When this saturated fat interacts with
digestive impurities or 'Ama', it results in cellulite. It is a localized
effect. This heavy, sticky substance-the cellulite- when sits in the fat
cells, is very difficult to eliminate. The longer it sits there, more
difficult it is to remove. The link between the Vasa fat and the Ama
impurities have to be broken if one aims at cellulite reduction. For this
kapha provoking diet- diet rich in fats- has to be avoided. According to
ayurveda, the '
' or fiery
condition for metabolizing fat is known as 'meda agni.' When meda agni under
the skin gets low or does not works properly, the unprocessed fat molecules
get deposited under the skin and results in cellulite. Thus, the meda agni
has to be activated or kindled to treat cellulite.
for cellulite reduction include a combination of right type
of diet, ayurvedic massages
(specially gharsana and udvartana), and yoga. However, many herbs are also
used to reduce cellulite which are as follows:
- Dandelion: It flushes toxins out of the body and helps
the body to rebuild cells and tissue that had been saturated with and
damaged by toxins and other waste matter. Have it in salads or herbal
- Gotu Kola: It helps the body to heal, giving it power
to repair cells and the connective tissue that helps cellulite to become
more visible. It also strengthens the walls of veins to ensure that
nutrients and toxins do not escape. The nutrients go where they need to
go and toxins are flushed out of the body. Gotu Kola can be used in
herbal paste for udvartana massage.
- Parsley: It is a detoxifying agent, cleanses the
blood, and eliminates toxins from the connective tissue in the area
affected by cellulite.
- Milk Thistle: It flushes waste products out of the
liver. It also helps with the blood circulation.
- Horse Chestnut: It has anti-inflammatory properties.
It soothes any cellulite inflammation and helps the circulatory system
- Grape Seed Extract: It helps the collagen in the
connective tissue and skin and make it more elastic thus preventing the
appearance of cellulite.
- Gingko Biloba: It is an antioxidant and oxidises the
fatty cells under the surface of the skin. Thus any kind of build ups,
like cellulite, can not develop. It also strengthens the veins and
boosts blood circulation.
- Kelp: It is a vital source of iodine which affects the
thyroid. The iodine boost the action of the thyroid and helps in fat
metabolism thus burn the fats off. It also helps to flush any excess
water out of the body.
are useful for cellulite reduction.
- Kapha Tea: Take 1/4 teaspoon each of dry ginger, dill
seed, fenugreek seed, 1 clove , and 1 cup water. Mix all the
ingredients. Boil the water and add the herb mixture to it. Steep for 5
minutes. Strain and have it to balance kapha dosha.
- Kapha Churna Seasoning: Mix fenugreek, cumin, black
pepper and ginger and ground them into powder. Add this seasoning to
your diet. It reduces Ama- the digestive impurities. Don't take it in
excess as these hot spices can aggravate your Pitta.
highly recommended for cellulite reduction.
- Gharsana or the dry massage is done with the help of raw silk
gloves. This exfoliates the skin and breaks up fatty deposits apart from
energizing blood circulation.
- In udvartana massage, a herbal powder made up of natural
nourishing ingredients such as almond oil, chickpea flour, turmeric
powder and fenugreek powder is used to reduce cellulite accumulations,
improve circulation and enhance the skin's texture and appearance.
Ayurvedic diet for your body type is recommended. Kapha aggravating food is
recommended to be avoided.
- Massage with sesame and mustard oil (in equal proportions) is
also recommended for removing cellulite. After this type of massage, the
powder of calamus
herb or 'bacha' should be rubbed on the skin.
- Dandayamana Dhanurasana
- Ardha Chandrasana