Obesity is nothing but the excessive accumulation of fat in the body. In Ayurveda, this is called medaroga. Usually, fat accumulated in the abdomen, buttocks, and breasts. When we have food, during metabolism produces energy and heat. But excessive fat in diet direct body to store for future use and is never used later and gets accumulated on the body resulting on Obesity.
Starch and fat in food which is taken excess than the requirement of the body gets deposited on the body. A Severe problem occurs when the by-product of fat, cholesterol gets deposited in the blood vessels and bring blockade of blood circulation. This sometimes leads to various disease like high blood pressure and heart disease. Excessive fat also impairs functioning of the liver, kidney, and heart which leads to several other fatal diseases. Fat also encourages breathlessness which may lead to asthma.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Obesity: Even before starting any kind of Ayurvedic treatment, patients are advised to do regular exercise. Start with little exercise and can be increased to 1 hr every day gradually. Remember not to do excessive exercise in the day one. Walking for 15 minutes after having food is a good habit. This will help in digestion as well as burn fat.
Guggulu is the recommended herb for treatment of Obesity. Guggulu should be purified before giving to the patient or purified Guggulu can be bought from the market for direct use.One gram of Guggulu can be given to the patient four times a day followed by a cup of a hot drink of patient’s choice.
Ayurvedic medicines Navaka Guggulu and Triphala Guggulu can be given to the patients. Four tablets of this compound can be given to the patient four times a day followed by a hot drink.
Diet: As we already have discussed fatty and starchy food is the main reason of obesity, avoid food containing more starch and fat like oily food and sweet food. Rice, potato should be avoided as these contains lot of carbohydrates. Patients can take wheat, barley, and maize. Try to take bitter food like bitter gourd.
Haritaki is a herb of choice for this condition. One teaspoonful of powder of this fruit can be given to the patient at bedtime with hot water.
Avoid sleeping during day time. Do physical exercise. Eat healthy food. Drink sufficient water. Take green vegetables and avoid non-veg food items and leave a healthy life.