Understanding Obesity

When we think obesity, the image that comes to mind is of a really overweight person with flabby skin, who’s weight makes it hard to simply even move gracefully. We imagine a history of loaded calories, lethargic lifestyle and extreme neglect of the physical body. The truth is that obesity is not as simple as that. There is a long term pathological process for your body to come to this point. For your body to become a fat and flesh manufacturing factory.

Most of today’s modern day obesity cures alone are ineffective in the long term because they focus on getting rid of the fat output without really shutting the fat factory down. Liposuction and other surgical procedures may leave you lean for a while, but very quickly, the factory will get back to its job. The only way to solve the problem is to understand how this factory works and then to shut it down.

So what really causes obesity?

In Ayurveda, obesity is known as a Santarpan Janya Vyadhi or a disease of overindulgences. It is also a Bahudosh Avastha or a state where all your elements are out of balance. It can be caused by one or more of the following factors over a long term period.

  • Overeating
  • Eating excessive amounts of sweet, oily and heavy foods.
  • Sleeping in the day time
  • Being overly complacent
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sexual activity
  • Genetic components

What is the process the leads one to this point?

As fat cells increase at a rate faster than they are broken down, they block all the channels in the body. This blockage creates a cushion around the digestive fire or agni which then can burn sharply. The result of a sharp agni becomes a strong insatiable hunger and the problem of over-eating and low metabolism becomes a vicious circle. Large amounts of foods are eaten but are not being broken down and the fat and flesh is lodged in unwanted places, primarily abdomen, buttocks and breasts.

How can this cycle be broken according to Ayurveda?

The primary line of treatment for obesity is Langhan or Fasting. The logic is to allow the agni to burn strongly but to not give it any additional food. As a result, that very same agni will begin to digest the excess tissues and fat, cleaning the blocked channels and restoring its own original nature. In reality, long term fasting is not always possible and other procedures are also highly recommended.

Shodhan Detox or Panchkarma is one of these procedures. The doshas are forcefully expelled out of the body to clear the channels and the patient is put on the fast track to get rid of his obesity. Procedures include purging, enemas and even induced vomiting. However, these should be undertaken only under strict supervision, following all the rules and precautions that go with it.

For obese patients who are not able to undergo Shodhan detox, Shaman or Pacification of the doshas that include curbing the fat growth and minimizing it by use of the right diet and herbs.

An Integrative Approach to Fighting Obesity

It is possible to fight obesity by using the Ayurvedic understanding and integrating it with some of the modern day methods. The result of the combination is more powerful than each one alone.

Udwartan – Dry massage with any of the combinations below can be effective in stimulating the stubborn fat tissue and breaking it down.

 

  • Mixture of haldi, neem, lodhra, dadima peel and karanja bark powder
  • Mixture of shirisha, nagakeshar and lodhra
  • Mixture of priyangu, lodhra, khus and chandana

Single herbs or formulations – Certain herbs are known to have a special action towards the production of fat. They allow for the break down and absorption of fat tissue. Silajit, guggul, loha bhasma, neem, chitrak, pippali, haridra (haldi), haritaki, punarnava are particularly useful.

Some effective and readily available formulations are vyosadi guggul, tripahla guggul, chandraprabha vati, amrutadi guggul, vidanga churna, mustadi churna.

Periodic Fasting – By depriving your digestive fire of food, you give it a chance to digest ad clean up wanted material inside and restore digestive health. Fasting on Mondays after the weekend indulgence is highly recommended.

Mindful Eating and Counseling – Overeating can often be a result of stress or depression. It helps to establish mindful eating routines and even writing a journal of everything that is consumed. Also, weighing yourself every single day can keep intake under check. Often counseling can help resolve internal conflicts and the patient can do away with binge eating.

Exercise – Exercise is an important aspect of weight loss. While certain yoga asanas can help the metabolism and digestion of fat, cardio is also beneficial in losing the existing fat. For those who are severely obese, a minimum of 60 minutes are recommended everyday. This can include walking, swimming, biking, dancing or any other cardio activity. It is important to undertake exercise that is enjoyable in order to keep it sustainable.

Pranayam – Pranayams like Kapal Bhati and Bhastrika help to boost metabolism and regulate the fat production in the body.

Acupuncture – Accupuncture in tandem with a healthy lifestyle has found to be an effective solution to balance the fat input – output. However, it must be accompanied with some sort of exercise and appropriate diet.

When we think obesity, the image that comes to mind is of a really overweight person with flabby skin, who’s weight makes it hard to simply even move gracefully. We imagine a history of loaded calories, lethargic lifestyle and extreme neglect of the physical body. The truth is that obesity is not as simple as that. There is a long term pathological process for your body to come to this point. For your body to become a fat and flesh manufacturing factory.

 

Most of today’s modern day obesity cures alone are ineffective in the long term because they focus on getting rid of the fat output without really shutting the fat factory down. Liposuction and other surgical procedures may leave you lean for a while, but very quickly, the factory will get back to its job. The only way to solve the problem is to understand how this factory works and then to shut it down.

 

So what really causes obesity?

In Ayurveda, obesity is known as a Santarpan Janya Vyadhi or a disease of overindulgences. It is also a Bahudosh Avastha or a state where all your elements are out of balance. It can be caused by one or more of the following factors over a long term period.

 

  • Overeating
  • Eating excessive amounts of sweet, oily and heavy foods.
  • Sleeping in the day time
  • Being overly complacent
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sexual activity
  • Genetic components

 

What is the process the leads one to this point?

As fat cells increase at a rate faster than they are broken down, they block all the channels in the body. This blockage creates a cushion around the digestive fire or agni which then can burn sharply. The result of a sharp agni becomes a strong insatiable hunger and the problem of over-eating and low metabolism becomes a vicious circle. Large amounts of foods are eaten but are not being broken down and the fat and flesh is lodged in unwanted places, primarily abdomen, buttocks and breasts.

 

How can this cycle be broken according to Ayurveda?

The primary line of treatment for obesity is Langhan or Fasting. The logic is to allow the agni to burn strongly but to not give it any additional food. As a result, that very same agni will begin to digest the excess tissues and fat, cleaning the blocked channels and restoring its own original nature. In reality, long term fasting is not always possible and other procedures are also highly recommended.

 

Shodhan Detox or Panchkarma is one of these procedures. The doshas are forcefully expelled out of the body to clear the channels and the patient is put on the fast track to get rid of his obesity. Procedures include purging, enemas and even induced vomiting. However, these should be undertaken only under strict supervision, following all the rules and precautions that go with it.

 

For obese patients who are not able to undergo Shodhan detox, Shaman or Pacification of the doshas that include curbing the fat growth and minimizing it by use of the right diet and herbs.

 

An Integrative Approach to Fighting Obesity

It is possible to fight obesity by using the Ayurvedic understanding and integrating it with some of the modern day methods. The result of the combination is more powerful than each one alone.

 

Udwartan – Dry massage with any of the combinations below can be effective in stimulating the stubborn fat tissue and breaking it down.

 

  • Mixture of haldi, neem, lodhra, dadima peel and karanja bark powder
  • Mixture of shirisha, nagakeshar and lodhra
  • Mixture of priyangu, lodhra, khus and chandana

Single herbs or formulations – Certain herbs are known to have a special action towards the production of fat. They allow for the break down and absorption of fat tissue. Silajit, guggul, loha bhasma, neem, chitrak, pippali, haridra (haldi), haritaki, punarnava are particularly useful.

Some effective and readily available formulations are vyosadi guggul, tripahla guggul, chandraprabha vati, amrutadi guggul, vidanga churna, mustadi churna.

 

Periodic Fasting – By depriving your digestive fire of food, you give it a chance to digest ad clean up wanted material inside and restore digestive health. Fasting on Mondays after the weekend indulgence is highly recommended.

 

Mindful Eating and Counseling – Overeating can often be a result of stress or depression. It helps to establish mindful eating routines and even writing a journal of everything that is consumed. Also, weighing yourself every single day can keep intake under check. Often counseling can help resolve internal conflicts and the patient can do away with binge eating.

 

Exercise – Exercise is an important aspect of weight loss. While certain yoga asanas can help the metabolism and digestion of fat, cardio is also beneficial in losing the existing fat. For those who are severely obese, a minimum of 60 minutes are recommended everyday. This can include walking, swimming, biking, dancing or any other cardio activity. It is important to undertake exercise that is enjoyable in order to keep it sustainable.

 

Pranayam – Pranayams like Kapal Bhati and Bhastrika help to boost metabolism and regulate the fat production in the body.

 

Acupuncture – Accupuncture in tandem with a healthy lifestyle has found to be an effective solution to balance the fat input – output. However, it must be accompanied with some sort of exercise and appropriate diet.

When we think obesity, the image that comes to mind is of a really overweight person with flabby skin, who’s weight makes it hard to simply even move gracefully. We imagine a history of loaded calories, lethargic lifestyle and extreme neglect of the physical body. The truth is that obesity is not as simple as that. There is a long term pathological process for your body to come to this point. For your body to become a fat and flesh manufacturing factory.

 

Most of today’s modern day obesity cures alone are ineffective in the long term because they focus on getting rid of the fat output without really shutting the fat factory down. Liposuction and other surgical procedures may leave you lean for a while, but very quickly, the factory will get back to its job. The only way to solve the problem is to understand how this factory works and then to shut it down.

 

So what really causes obesity?

In Ayurveda, obesity is known as a Santarpan Janya Vyadhi or a disease of overindulgences. It is also a Bahudosh Avastha or a state where all your elements are out of balance. It can be caused by one or more of the following factors over a long term period.

 

  • Overeating
  • Eating excessive amounts of sweet, oily and heavy foods.
  • Sleeping in the day time
  • Being overly complacent
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sexual activity
  • Genetic components

 

What is the process the leads one to this point?

As fat cells increase at a rate faster than they are broken down, they block all the channels in the body. This blockage creates a cushion around the digestive fire or agni which then can burn sharply. The result of a sharp agni becomes a strong insatiable hunger and the problem of over-eating and low metabolism becomes a vicious circle. Large amounts of foods are eaten but are not being broken down and the fat and flesh is lodged in unwanted places, primarily abdomen, buttocks and breasts.

 

How can this cycle be broken according to Ayurveda?

The primary line of treatment for obesity is Langhan or Fasting. The logic is to allow the agni to burn strongly but to not give it any additional food. As a result, that very same agni will begin to digest the excess tissues and fat, cleaning the blocked channels and restoring its own original nature. In reality, long term fasting is not always possible and other procedures are also highly recommended.

 

Shodhan Detox or Panchkarma is one of these procedures. The doshas are forcefully expelled out of the body to clear the channels and the patient is put on the fast track to get rid of his obesity. Procedures include purging, enemas and even induced vomiting. However, these should be undertaken only under strict supervision, following all the rules and precautions that go with it.

 

For obese patients who are not able to undergo Shodhan detox, Shaman or Pacification of the doshas that include curbing the fat growth and minimizing it by use of the right diet and herbs.

An Integrative Approach to Fighting Obesity

It is possible to fight obesity by using the Ayurvedic understanding and integrating it with some of the modern day methods. The result of the combination is more powerful than each one alone.

Udwartan – Dry massage with any of the combinations below can be effective in stimulating the stubborn fat tissue and breaking it down.

  • Mixture of haldi, neem, lodhra, dadima peel and karanja bark powder
  • Mixture of shirisha, nagakeshar and lodhra
  • Mixture of priyangu, lodhra, khus and chandana

Single herbs or formulations – Certain herbs are known to have a special action towards the production of fat. They allow for the break down and absorption of fat tissue. Silajit, guggul, loha bhasma, neem, chitrak, pippali, haridra (haldi), haritaki, punarnava are particularly useful.

Some effective and readily available formulations are vyosadi guggul, tripahla guggul, chandraprabha vati, amrutadi guggul, vidanga churna, mustadi churna.

Periodic Fasting – By depriving your digestive fire of food, you give it a chance to digest ad clean up wanted material inside and restore digestive health. Fasting on Mondays after the weekend indulgence is highly recommended.

Mindful Eating and Counseling – Overeating can often be a result of stress or depression. It helps to establish mindful eating routines and even writing a journal of everything that is consumed. Also, weighing yourself every single day can keep intake under check. Often counseling can help resolve internal conflicts and the patient can do away with binge eating.

Exercise – Exercise is an important aspect of weight loss. While certain yoga asanas can help the metabolism and digestion of fat, cardio is also beneficial in losing the existing fat. For those who are severely obese, a minimum of 60 minutes are recommended everyday. This can include walking, swimming, biking, dancing or any other cardio activity. It is important to undertake exercise that is enjoyable in order to keep it sustainable.

Pranayam – Pranayams like Kapal Bhati and Bhastrika help to boost metabolism and regulate the fat production in the body.

Acupuncture – Accupuncture in tandem with a healthy lifestyle has found to be an effective solution to balance the fat input – output. However, it must be accompanied with some sort of exercise and appropriate diet.

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