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Medaha sneha swedaudhrudatwam

pushtim asthyancha

According to Ayurveda the functions of body fat are described
as


This means in normal conditions the body fat keeps the body
moisturized , causes sweating , gives energy to body (by
storing energy) and nourishes bones. (By protecting them
from shock).
Overweight or obesity is mostly found in people with
predominantly kapha-type constitutions.
Medaha sneha swedaudhrudatwam pushtim
asthyancha
Attributes of vata and the specific manifestations in the body of the
individual having Vataprakrti
Qualities of Vata Characteristics of Vataprakrti
Un-unctuousness
Emaciation and dwarfness of body;long drawn
dry,low,broken,obstructed and hoarse voice;always keeping awake
Lightness
Light and inconsistent gait,action,food and movements

Mobility
Unstable joints,eyes,eyebrows,jaws,lips,tongue,head,shoulder,hands
and legs

Abundance Talkativeness, abundance in tendons and veins
Swiftness

Quick in initiating actions,getting irritated and onset of morbid
manifestations;quick to be frightened,quick in likes and dislikes;quick
in understanding and forgetting things
Cold
Intolerance for cold things;often getting afflicted with cold,shivering
and stiffness
Roughness
Roughness in hair of the scalp,face and other parts of the
body,nails,teeth,face,hands,feet,etc
Non Sliminess
Cracking of the limbs and organs,production of cracking sounds in
joints when in motion
Attributes of Pitta and the specific manifestations in the body of the
individual having Pittaprakrti
Qualities of Pitta Characteristics of Pittaprakrti
Hot






Intolerance of hot things,having hot face,tender and clear body
with port-wine mark,freckles,blackmoles,excessive thurst and
hunger,quick advent of wrinkles, graying of
hair,baldness,presence of soft/brown hair in face,head and
other parts of the body.


Sharp


Sharp strength,strong digestive power,intake of food and drink
in large quantities,inability to face difficult situations,glutton
habits
Liquor


Laxity and softness of joints and muscles,voiding of sweat,urine
and faeces in large quantities

Fleshy smell Putrid and excessive smell in axilla,mouth,head and body
Pungent and Sour Taste



Insufficiency of semen,sexual desire and procreation



Attributes of Kapha and the specific manifestations in the body of the
individual having Kaphaprakrti
Qualities of Kapha Characteristics of Kaphaprakrti
Unctuous Unctuous of organs
Smooth Smoothness of organs
Soft Pleasing appearance,tenderness and clarity of complexion
Sweet Increase in semen quantity,libido and number of offsprings
Firm Firmness,compactness and stability of the body
Dense Plumpness and roundedness of all organs
Slow Slow in action,food in-take and movements
Cold Lack of intensity in hunger,thurst,heat and perspiration
Stable
Slowness of initiating actions,getting irritated and morbid
manifestations
Clear Happiness in look/face and soft complexion
Viscous Firmness and compactness of joints
Heavy Non-slippery and stable gait
EFFECTS OF SEASON ON TRIDOSHAS
VATA SEASON; VARSHA RITHU (FALL/WINTER
SEASON
PITHA SEASON;HEMANTHA RITHU(LATE
AUTUMN)
KAPHA SEASON;SHISHIRA RITHU(LATE
WINTER)

JADARAKNI(DIGESTIVE POWER)
SAMAGNI;VATA,PITHA, KAPHA IN STATE OF
EQUILIBRIUM.
VISAMAGNI; DOMINANCE OF VATA IN THEIR
CONSTITUTION.
THESHNAGNI;DOMINANCE OF PITHA IN THEIR
CONSTITUTION.
MANDAGNI;DOMINANCE OF KAPHA IN THEIR
CONSTITUTION.
Characteristic of Obese Person
Ati Sthula has been defined as a person, "who on account of
the inordinate increase of fat and flesh, is disfigured with
pendulous, buttocks, belly and breasts and whose increase
bulk is not matched by a corresponding increase in energy
Obesity -Medoroga
In Ayurveda Obesity is regarded as Medoroga A disorder of
Meda Dhatu- Adipose tissue and fat metabolism
One of the undesirable Constitution
Sthoulya- Santarpan janya vikar-A over nutritional disorder
Medoroga Pathogenesis
Causative factors (Kapha & Meda )
Ama Rasa Excess Meda & Kapha
Deranged Fat
Metabolism
Blocks Circulatory Channels
Tissue
Malnutrition
Toxic Buildup Vata Restriction
Hyper functioning Agni
Hunger Thirst

Body Mass Index (BMI):

weight (lbs) X 703
height (inches
2
)

Overweight = 25 - 29.9 kg/m
2

Obesity = > 30 kg/m
2


Waist Circumference
High risk:
Men >102 cm (40 in)
Women >88 cm (35 in)

Assessment of Overweight and Obesity
Category BMI (kg/m
2
)
Underweight <18.5
Normal weight 18.5-24.9
Overweight 25.029.9
Obese I 30.034.9
Obese II 35.039.9
Obese III (Morbidly Obesity) 40.0 +
Ayurveda Diet in Medoroga (Obesity)
1) Individually planned caloric deficit diet
2) Generally 500-1000 Kcal/day deficit
1) <30% calories from fat
2) <10% saturated fat
3) Must reduce caloriesnot just fatto promote weight loss.



Ayurveda Diet in Medoroga (Obesity)

Bitter, Pungent astringent taste and Dry, hot, sharp, scraping
qualities
Whole grains- Barley, Whole Oats, Quinoa(Chama) and
Amaranth(Cheera).
Vegetables-Spinach and Mustard Greens,Brinjal,Cabbage,
Carrot, Cauliflower.
Pulses or dried beans Lentil(Parippu),Mung Dal(Cheru
Payar), Masoor Dal(Chuvanna Parippu) Horse
gram(Mudira),Chick Peas(White Kadala)
Fruits : Apples ,Pears , Pine Apple
Honey
Spices-Fenugreek(Uluva), Turmeric, Cumin(Jeerakam),
Mustard, Asefoetida(Kayam),Curry leaves, Ginger, Black
Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon(Patta)



Diet to Avoid

Avoid sweet, sour, salty and oily food as it aggravates Kapha
and Meda
Sweet foods include not only sugar but also rice, wheat, pasta,
breads, and sweet milk products.
Cakes, cookies, Pastries, Chocolates.
Dairy products especially cheese cream, ice cream, yogurt.
Meat especially red meat ,fried food ,grilled food
Avoid packaged foods, processed food and restaurant fried
foods - pizza, hot dog ,burger, doughnuts, French fries
Avoid left over's
Diet to Avoid
Avoid incompatible combinations of food
Milk with fish, meat, curd, sour fruits,breadcontaining yeast,
cherries, yogurt
Yogurt with milk, sour fruits, melons, hot drinks, meat, fish,
mangos, cheese
Eggs with milk, meat, yogurt, melons, cheese, fish, bananas
Fruitwith any other food

Diet to Avoid
Avoid Tamasic food
Tamasic foods are those dull the mind and bring about inertia
laziness disorientation depression.
Excess intake of fats oils sugars, heavy and left over food are
Tamasic in nature.
Foods that have been processed, canned or frozen food , Beef,
fish, eggs, cold buffalo milk are also Tamasic.
Ayurveda Tips for Preventing Weight Gain
1) Eat according to your Body type : Keeps the
functioning of your mind and body in a healthy
balance. (Refer : Slides of Vata,Pitha,Kapha)
2) Having a strong digestive fire
3) Eat food according to the Season
4) Avoid emotional eating
5) Drink only warm water and only when your
thirsty
6) Choose easily digestible Proteins