Ayurveda and Obesity

According to Ayurveda, there are eight different types of human body that are very prone to the onset of diseases and ailments. In the Charak Samhita, it is recorded that an obese body tops the list of the eight disease-prone types of body. A body in the obese state or condition has excessive levels of fats deposited in the adipose tissue. In an obese body, the extra fats take a toll on the heart, liver, kidneys and joints like the hips, knees, and the ankles, laying the body open to the onslaught of a number of disorders related to the associated organs. Arthritis, high blood pressure, gout, bladder problems, diabetes and other serious diseases can easily affect a person, rife with obesity and overweight.
Ayurveda says that excessive eating or overeating, irregular eating habits, not sticking to a regular nutritious dietary habit, lack of exercise and an unhealthy lifestyle are the root cause of obesity. So, for an effective weight loss and obesity control program, you need to keep the three things in mind:

Managing your eating habits
Regular exercise
Keeping away from the causes of obesity
Home Remedies for Obesity:

Increase the intake of fruits, vegetables and low calorie foods
Diary products and non-vegetarian items should be avoided
Less intake of salt
Consume more mint either as chutneys with simple spices or as mint tea
Take more black pepper, ginger, cardamom and similar spices
Carrot juice can be taken on a regular basis
Consume vegetables like drumstick and bitter gourd at regular intervals
Potato, rice and other carbohydrate rich foods need to be avoided
Cereals like wheat can be taken
Taking a fast, with just honey and lime juice
Take lots of raw as well as cooked cabbage
Preparation of Home Remedies:
Ayurvedic home remedies are prepared on the same scale as other medicines of Ayurveda, with the purpose of extracting and reaping the maximum therapeutic benefits while making the preparations palatable at the same time. The most popular methods of Ayurvedic home remedy preparations are:

Juice: The fresh leaves, flowers, or stems of the particular herb are grinded on a mortar and made into a paste. The paste is placed on a clean piece of cloth and squeezed to extract the juice.

Paste: The flowers, leaves, bark, stem or root of either a fresh or a dried herd is mixed with water and crushed or grounded on a mortar or a pastel to make a paste.

Powder: Dry herbs are used in preparing powders. Usually, herbs are dried either in a cool, ventilated place or in direct sunlight before they are grounded to a fine powder. They are then put into air-tight containers to be specifically used with honey, milk or water.

Decoction: In decoction, herbs are boiled in water, with the herb and the water roughly at a ratio of 1:16. The herb is soaked in water overnight and the mixture boiled till it reduces to one fourth of its original volume. It is then filtered and stored in bottles.

Infusion: Herbs are mixed in water in the ratio of 1:8 and then either heated slowly in the case of hot infusion or kept in cold water overnight for a cold infusion. It is then strained to be taken internally.

Tablets: Different herbs are dried separately and powdered before they are mixed in the desirable proportions. They are then mixed either with herbal juice or water to make a paste, from which tablets of specific sizes are made.

Medicated Ghee and Oil: Ghee or oil is cooked with decoctions, herbal juices or pastes at controlled temperature to make medicated ghee or oil.

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