Obesity?? Reduce Weight Through Ayurveda

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Dr. Kranthi R Vardhan

Posted By : Dr. Kranthi R Vardhan - BAMS: MS( Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Posted On : Aug 28, 2011 (Views : 2634)

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“Obesity” is characterized by excess accumulation of fat in the body and is the most common nutritional disorder of modern age. Intake of excessive calories, lack of mental & physical exercise, disturbance of thyroid or pituitary glands, excessive consumption of alcohol is the main causes of Obesity.


The Obese persons have shortened life, difficulty in movement and sexual intercourse, tiredness, bad body odour, copious sweating, huge hunger and severe thirst. They are prone to chronic diseases like heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, infertility, arthritis, cancer and many other metabolic-disorders.

Obesity is described as 'Medoroga' in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, people with a Kapha constitution are more likely to gain weight through excess fat than a Pitta or Vata person. If parents are fat then the children also have a tendency to accumulate fat. . It is a chronic disease with a strong familial tendency.


The obese haveEight handicaps – Shortened Life, Difficulty in Movement and Sexual Intercourse, Tiredness, Body Odour, Copious Sweating, Ravenous Hunger and Severe Thirst. Obesity is the result of surfeit, when the individual gorges on rich, sweet, cold and fatty food; enjoys sleeping during the day, refrains from mental work and suffers from genetic disorders.


As fat accumulates out of proportion to the other tissues in the body, the tissue asymmetry impairs strength and shortens life span and the individual becomes averse to physical activity. Excess fat hampers locomotion and sexual intercourse, which is aggravated by reduction in semen. Body odor is an outcome of the excess accumulation of fat, the association of fat with ‘Kapha’, and its diffusion and excess, which markedly increase sweating. As digestive power is strong in these individuals, ‘Vata’ is overactive in the stomach and causes intense hunger and thirst. Food is digested quickly and triggers the urge to eat more – if the desire is not met; the person suffers from several ills as a consequence.


The Aim of Treatment is to restore the balance in the proportion of muscles among tissues because the resultant firmness protects organs from disorders. The slimming or reducing measures involves an austere regimen that covers diet, medications and a wide range of activities. Panchakarma are employed to restore the balance of the unsettled ‘Dosas’– by detoxifying and purifying the body.

Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatments for Obesity helps in cutting down excess fat, it corrects the irregular metabolism and clears the body channels for a Healthier Life.Panchakarma Therapies, Purification Procedures or Detoxification procedures like VIRECHANAM(Purgation Treatment) and VASTHI KARMA (Medicated Enemas) are recommended, depending on the individual health, age, sex, strength etc. The keraleeya procedures like ABHYANGAM(Whole body massage with special herbal oils), SWEDAM (Medicated Steam), ELAKIZHI (Leaf bundle massage), UDWARTHANAM (Body massage with herbal powders), DHANYAMLA DHARA (Pouring of specially prepared Kashayams on the body) etc.

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