Obesity or Sthaulya is a major lifestyle disorder that is a hub to many other severe life-affecting diseases like HTN, Diabetes, Cardiac abnormalities, etc. The prevalence of Obesity is raising rapidly due to faulty food habits and lifestyle. Here is a brief description of Obesity and its management as per Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana Adhayaya 21.
Over Emaciated or Obese which one is worse?
- An obese person possibly has a short life span than an emaciated one.
- An obese person is less active to perform any task than an emaciated one.
- Internally weaker
- Problematic reproductive act
- Having a characteristic lousy smell in an obese person
- Excessive sweating
- More hunger in obese people pretends to more obesity
- More thirst factor in obsess, tend to more excretion of fluid and disturbed digestive fire
These are the reasons provided by Acharya Charka to prove that obesity is worse the emaciated. Acharya Charaka has included both factors in undesirable persons to treat however it is easier to treat lean persons than a person with obesity. So, this post is to understand the basics of obesity and its management in terms of Ayurveda.
Causes of Obesity
- Frequent and excessive eating
- Guru(heavy), Madhura (sweet), and Snigdha (oily) food articles intake
- Not Doing Exercise
- No indulgence in sexual activity
- Day sleeping
- Always having a happier mood
- Never involved in mental stress, tension, sorrow
- Genetic factor
These are the causes of obesity; however, these can be considered as the treatment or management protocols to cure emaciated or to gain weight.
Pathophysiology of Obesity
When Meda Dhatu gets vitiated and blocks all the Srotas (channels) then vitiated Vata circulates inside the Koshtha (stomach) and ignites or promotes the digestive fire which further increases hunger. If a person does not take food at this time, then he/she may suffer from Vata/Pitta-related disorder severely. Due to an increase in lipid/food intake, the volume of muscles and fat increases which leads to a chubby stomach, loose chest portion, or flabby buttocks of the person. Growth of body parts is not even and the person is also inactive to perform any activity. These people fall under the category “Obese”
Principle to treat Obese person
Heavy food causes tissue-scrapping like Honey. Heavy foods are recommended as they have strong digestive fire, but care should be taken that these foods does not increase Meda Dhatu(fat).
- Vata, kapha dosha and Meda Dhatu nashak food
- Tikshana, Ushna, and Rukhsa Basti (Ayurveda medicine medicated enema)
- Ruksha Ubtana (Dry Body Scrub)
- Use of drugs like Guduchi, Triphala, Nagarmotha, Takraaristha, or Madhu (honey)
- Use of drugs like Vayavidnga, Sontha, Kshar, Tikshana Loha, Yava flour, Amalaki Churna
- Use of Vrihata Panchamoola along with honey
- Use of Agnimatha juice (Asana) with Shilajatu
Pathya/Edibles for Obese Person
- Use of Priyangu, Sanva, Jae,Yava, Munga, Kultha Arahara, Parvala, Amalaki as a per of diet
- Use honey syrup after the food.
- Meda, Mansa, and Kapha nashaka Arista after the food
Lifestyle modification include
- Avoid day sleeping
- Indulgence in sexual activity
- Mental loads like stress, sorrow, or any other mind-stressing activities
These activities should be in a regulated manner, excessive or unmannered may cause severe outcomes
Weight loss can be achieved by Ayurveda Measure efficiently, however genetic obesity is under the uncurable list as per Acharya Charaka.
Drugs or procedures mentioned are as per Ayurveda Literature so please if you cannot relate to it do consult your Ayurveda experts or contact us in the consult section.
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