The term Sthaulya is derived from the Samskrit word “‘Shula Parbrimhane” which means growth or increase. Hence ”Sthaulya” means the excessive or improper growth of the body.
Various references are found in the Samhitas regarding Sthaulya and Charaka has described in detail the causative factors, signs and symptoms, prognosis and management. The following reasons, concerning obesity, are identified in Ayurveda:
no excercise – Avyama
sleeping in the afternoon – divaswapna
Kapha increasing diet and lifestyle – sleshma ahara vihara
consuming of sweetened foods – madhura ahara
psychological factors – manasika nidana
The Ayurvedic pathogenesis – Samprapti
Kapha increasing diet causes kapha vridhhi and an improper digestion due to the impaired digestive fire (agnimandya). This causes the formation of ama.
The accumulated Ama (digestive toxins) obstructs the nutrient channel of the remaining tissues (dhatus) and result in the increase of the meda dhatu (adipose tissue). The symptoms of increased appetite and cravings are explained with the obstruction of vata in the abdomen.
Approach of Ayurvedic treatment
Eliminate the causative factors, undertake a special diet regime with green gram, takra (buttermilk), honey water. Exercise, yoga and meditation are greatly encouraged.
Treatments such as Udvartanam are highly recommended. This is a dry powder massage using medicinal herbs such as triphala, kolakulatha churna and horse gram. A course of an hour a day for 14 days can show great results.
Useful Ayurvedic herbs:
Guggulu – very effective in controlling obestiy and cholesterol, and as a nutritional supplement it aids in the metabolism of the thyroid gland. When combined with triphala it can mobilize and eliminate fat from the body and encourage metabolic changes. Triphala purifies the body of Ama and the guggulu has scraping properties. Other guggulu preparation used are medohara guggulu and navaka guggulu. Other herbs used in the treatment are guduchi, sunthi, pippali and chitraka.
Enjoy a healthy life with Ayurveda
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Narikela or coconut is truly one of nature’s gifts. The coconut tree is referred to as the ‘tree of life’, ‘tree of heaven’, or ‘tree of abundance” reflective of its essentiality to everyday life.
In India every auspicious occasion is recommended by offering prayers to the Lord along with coconut. During a ritual worship, gods and goddesses are invoked with the holy offering of Narikela as a symbolic expression.
Ayurveda has documented around 60 Sanskrit names of coconut/ Narikela. The exact meaning of the word “Narikela” is that which has flowers and fruits with long tendrils.
The Ayurvedic properties of Narikela are madhura/ sweet in taste, sweet in the post digestive taste (vipaka) and has a cold potency (virya). It has a special potency (prabhava) as it promotes hair growth and is a very effective hair oil, for example Neelibhringadi taila.
It alleviates Vata and Pitta dosha. Many ailments such as fever, acid gastritis, loss of taste, vomiting, colic, fainting and diarrhoea can be treated with Narikela.
Coconut is also used in conditions like depletion of body tissues/ dhatus, burning sensation, urinary problems, increases the urine output, quenches thirst and rejuvenates the body cells.
Use coconut water: This is probably the most cooling and healthy natural drink one can have every day especially during the summer season.
Coconut Water Nutrition per 100 ml
Moisture (g) 97.0
Protein (g) 0.1
Fat (g) 0
Sugar (g) 4.1
Dietary fibre (g) 0
Potassium (mg) 50
Iron (mg) 99.85
After having a wonderful journey to mother India, Lakshmi Ayurveda is open again to provide authentic Ayurvedic treatments for everyone looking to improve or promote their health.
While in India I have sourced more certified organic products such as bath powders, gum oil, copper vessels, neti pots as well as beautiful handcrafted bangles made in Jaipur and other parts of India.
The Panchakarma workshop was very informative and the Ayurveda congress in Bangalore was very well attended by Ayurveda physicians from India, Sri Lanka and across the globe.
I was very fortunate to have met Dr Mahadevan a BAMS Ayurvedic physician from Chennai who conducts intensive research in Vedic Neurology and Panchakarma. He is the author of several books for practitioners, students as well as beginners in Ayurveda. He writes with a timeless and uncomplicated clarity on the clinical medicine and imparts a simple yet profound message.
He has just published a new book this month about basti treatment and I was very humbled to have received his first copy.
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and blessed 2011!
Lakshmi Ayurveda is attending a Panchakarma workshop and the 4th World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya Expo in Bangalore, India – www.ayurworld.org.
During the period from the 3/12 – 22/12 there will be no treatments or consultations availabe.
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