Obesity (Weight management)

  • Obesity or Overweight is the most common metabolic disorder in humans.

    Our body is the product of food & any disease is caused as a result of difference between the wholesome and unwholesome diet.

    Factors contributing to Obesity
    There are various reasons that can cause obesity, there is a deep connection between the body & brain integrated a healths whole. Our thoughts influence and affect our health. Cravings & food addictions, mental & emotional influences, cultural influences & socio-economic status all can effect. Imbalance in hormones like Estrogen & Androgen may play a role in adipose tissue deposition and in rare instances hypothyroidism can be a contributing factor towards putting on weight.

    Ayurvedic perspective

    In Ayurveda, obesity has been described as “medorog” which indicates the diseased state of adipose tissue and muscle tissue or obese. Due to excessive eating of heavy, cold, sweet & oily foods, Ama (indigestible food particles) accumulates in the small intestines and retains there due to fermentation and putrefaction in the form of excess fat. Hence, Kapha imbalance is considered the primary cause of obesity in Ayurveda.

    Weight Management in Ayurveda

    At Vibe Ayurveda , our treatment primarily focuses on balancing the vitiated doshas & eradicating the root cause of the disease. Management of
    weight comprises of:

    • Shodhana chikitsa (Biopurificatory Cleansing) through Panchakarma therapies
    • Shamana chikitsa (relieve the symptoms) through administration of internal herbs and external application of body masks.
    • Rasayana chikitsa (immunomodulation) through kayakalpa
    • Strict diet regime.
    • Lifestyle changes.
    • Stress management.

    Panchakarma in Weight Management

    The most effective treatment for managing weight is pancha karma, a process of cleansing and rejuvenating the body by choosing specific procedures out of the five main Panchakarma procedures :

    1. Udvartana Massage
      This is an effective ayurvedic massage that involves the application of ayurvedic herbal powder/paste all over the body to reduce weight, revitalizes the skin, helps in removing the cellulite, even recommended for the women who put on weight after the child birth and to tone up and strengthen the muscles.
    2. Vaman Kriya ( Emesis)
      This Panchakarma procedure is recommended in specific conditions depending on the vitiated doshas. This procedure involves deep bio- purificatory cleansing to help reduce weight.
    3. Massage And Steam
      This procedure is a prerequisite in Panchakarma procedure and helps in releasing the impurities in the form of sweat and relaxes the tense muscles and makes you feel relaxed and lighter in the body.

    Ayurvedic Diet

    • Avoid Kapha aggravating foods.
    • Favour farm fresh or organic foods & avoid packaged or frozen foods.
    • Avoid foods with artificial colors, preservatives, carbohydrates & fast foods.
    • Consume foods with six tastes according to Ayurveda.
    • Sweet : sweet potato, honey
    • Sour : cherries, berries, yoghurt that are anti-oxidents & rich in phytochemicals.
    • Salt : Seaweed
    • Pungent : Ginger, cinnamon, radish & mustard as they fasten metabolism n acts a anti- inflammatory.
    • Bitter : Any greens like spinach n broccoli.
    • Astringent : Lentils, mushrooms & green tea.
    • If these foods are taken in combination particularly astringent, bitter & pungent they help in loosing weight as they are composed of light elements air, fire and ether.
    • Drinking warm water particularly after main meals really helps in better digestion and reducing belly fat.

    Lifestyle Management
    To manage weight these yog asanas complement the other Ayurvedic Therapies.

    • Yog Kriya
    • Ekpad Uttan Asana
    • Uttanpadasana
    • Bhujang Asana
    • Shalabha Asana
    • Pawanmukta Asana
    • Dhanura Asana
    • Suryanamaskara
    • Ardha vakra asana
    • Paschimottanasana
    • Supta Vajra Asana
    • Matsyendra Asana
    • Pranayama : Deep breathing practices like anulom vilom, agni saar kriyas is recommended 5-10 mins daily as they balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.
    • Meditation : This plays an important role in reducing weight. All we need is strong will power, mindful eating, strong desire to lose weight and raise awareness about your self. Emotional imbalance or stress can cause a craving or emotional hunger leading to weight gain.

    Restful Sleep
    A good true restful sleep of 6 to 8 hours is really crucial for the mind to be thought free.

    Ayurvedic herbs

    Herbs that help in increasing metabolism and in cleansing are :

    • Guggulu
    • Haritaki with honey
    • Catechu
    • Trikatu
    • Medohar guggulu
    • Gokshura
    • Triphala
    • The herbs that help in opening the blocked channels are
    • Black pepper
    • Barberry
    • Trikatu.

    External Massage/ Application
    The same effect like opening the blocked channels can also be achieved by applying dry ayurvedic powders like calamus, ginger, mustard and horsegram externally followed by steam with herbs like dasamool, nirgundi or eucalyptus.