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Ayurveda advocates natural ways to attain ideal weight. A slight change in food habits and a healthy lifestyle is all needed for weight loss.

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Ayurveda & Weight Loss

Ayurveda advocates natural ways to attain ideal weight. A slight change in food habits and a healthy lifestyle is all needed for weight loss.

Ayurveda describes massage as one of the best way to remain healthy. Apart from daily massage, it prescribes many other massages to heal and rejuvenate the body.

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The person is called obese when due to excessive increase of fat and muscles and has pendulous buttocks and abdomen. He also suffers from deficient metabolism and energy. Charakha included obese persons among the eight persons who are despicable. This medoroga comes under diseases caused by over saturation i.e. under santarpanaja vikar. Hetu (etiological factors)
  • Absence of physical activity (avyayamad).
  • Day sleep (divaswapna).
  • Over consumption of foods that increase kapha viz sweet, heavy, slimy substances (pichchhil), new cereals, fresh wine, meat of marshy and aquatic animals, milk and its derivatives, jaggery and flour preparations.
  • Lack of mental work.
  • Genetic defects.
Roopa (the signs and symptoms)
  • Fat accumulation in large quantity in the body makes the person incapable of all physical activities.
  • Makes breathing difficult even on slight exertion.
  • Excess thirst.
  • Excess sleep.
  • Sudden catching of breathe, exhaustion even after doing lighter work.
  • Excessive hunger.
  • Bad smell of the body.
  • Poor physical and sexual capacity gradually develops.
Charaka mentioned following treatment for obesity:
  • Emesis
  • Purgation
  • Bloodletting
  • Physical exercise
  • Fasting
  • Smoking
  • Sweating
  • Use of abhayaprasha with honey
  • Rough food grains
  • Use of guduchi, devdaru, musta, triphala, takrarishta and honey, are recommended for reducing the over obesity.
  • Vidanga, shunthi, yavakshara, and ash-powder of black iron mixed with honey, is used for obesity.
  • Barley and amalaki powder, in combination, is an excellent formulation for the same.
Commonly used drugs
  • Choorna
    • Chavyadi choorna
    • Phalatrikadi choorna
    • Vidangadya choorna

  • Kashay (decoction)
    • Trifala kashay
    • Bilvadi kashay
    • Madhujala sidhapeya
    • Shilajatu

  • Vati (pills)
    • Navak guggulu.
    • Amrutadya guggulu.

  • Rasaushadhi
    • Trimurti rasa.
    • Rasabhasma yoga.
    • Wadavagni rasa.
    • Loha rasayana.

  • Lepa (local applications)
    • Mocharasadi lepa
    • Shirishadi ubatan
    • Priyangvadi lepa
    • Jambudaladi ubatan
    • Babbuladi ubatan
Shodhana chikitsa (evacuative therapy)
Lekhan basti with ushakadi gana is advised for treating this.

Pathya-apathya (dos and don'ts)
  • Pathya
    • Worries, excessive physical exercise, sexual- intercourse, sprinkling and rubbing of various medicinal powders over body, fasting, sunbath, brisk walking. Taking panchakarma treatment like vamana (emesis) and virechana (laxatives and purgatives), old rice, yava (barley), kulattha, masoor, mudga, chana, honey, pungent and bitter edible things, trifala, trikatu, leafy vegetables, hot water or taking excessive water before meals.

  • Apathya
    • Avoid rasayana aushadhi, rejuvenating therapies etc. Avoid shashtishali (rice), wheat, urad, all milk products, sugarcane products, sweets, oily food, fat (specially hydrogenated fat like vanaspati ghee) etc.

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