Excess body weight or Obesity and related lifestyle diseases have become the latest epidemic to strike human kind and different medical sciences have come out with therapies to counter this. However, most therapies use diets and supplements or a combination of both, resulting in many side effects, some of which may last a lifetime. Ayurveda comes with a holistic solution, a solution which not only gives desired results but also is free of any side effects.
Ayurveda describes obesity as Sthaulya or Medo roga. Obesity has been described as a disorder in which diminished bio-digestive fire of Meda-dhatu leads to excess formation of Meda (Fats) in your body. The biggest difference between Ayurvedic Weight Loss therapies and more conventional Western methods is the focus on burning the digestive resistant fat depositions by reigniting the digestive fires.
Ayurveda presents a four-fold approach to lose weight.
- Detoxifying Techniques
- Lifestyle Modifications
Ayurvedic therapies used include:
Udvartanam: Udvartanam is a massage that uses herbal powder mixed with warm oil. This paste is massaged on to the whole body with special attention to areas of increased fat deposits. The strokes used in massage result in scrapping and liquefaction of excess kapha(Fats).
Kashaya Vasti: Kashaya Vasti involves enema using medicated decoction. It helps in easy elimination of excess fats from the body.
Herbal oral medications: Oral medication containing Ayurvedic herbs such as Garcinia gambogia, Commiphora Mukkul, Bitumen have shown tremendous potential in inducing Weight Loss.
For Ayurvedic therapies to give desired results lifestyle changes are important and these include Mindful eating, watching the calories and not portion size of meals, drinking plenty of water, not skipping meals and managing stress. Yoga and meditation are great tools to achieve this state of mind and body.