Why do we gain weight?
When the number of calories consumed exceeds the number of calories burnt, the excess calories get accumulated in the body in the form of fat causing obesity – ‘Medoroga’ in Ayurveda.
More than the food intake alone, an imbalance between food intake and proper digestion/metabolism causes obesity or overweight problem.
According to Ayurveda, both underweight and overweight highlights the imbalance of Doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Overweight or obesity in most people results predominantly due to kapha-type dosha.
Kapha is responsible for lubrication in the mind and body; controlling weight; and synthesis of seven tissues –muscles, bones, marrow, nutritive fluids, blood, fat and reproductive tissues.
Aggravation of Kapha leads to secretion of toxins in the body, which accumulate in Medovahi Srotas (fat channels), thus increasing production of fat tissue (Meda Dhatu). Production of these excess fat tissues results in increase in weight.
However, the other two Doshas can also cause obesity in few people. And, genetic factors, psychological disturbances or uncontrolled eating habits may also be responsible for weight gain.
Ayurvedic treatment for obesity targets the root cause and focuses on improving metabolism and cutting down on unhealthy foods.
What this program aims to achieve:
With an Ayurvedic weight loss program, the weight loss achieved is not achieved by suppressing the appetite but is more sustainable as it is targeted via change in metabolism. The therapies help in clearing the channels that are blocked with metabolic toxins and ensure a free flow of energy within the body so the Doshas are in a balanced state. The program is tailored to suit the Doshas (imbalances) that a person has and hence delivers the best results. However, the weight loss results may vary from person to person based on the body constitution (Kapha predominance), hormonal imbalances and genetic factors.
An important part of the slimming cure is a varied diet tailored to your Dosha type. The dishes support weight reduction.
Your holistic treatment at a wellness retreat will include yoga, meditation and relaxation exercises to achieve the best results.
At the end of your stay at the yoga retreat, there will be a final comprehensive consultation with your Wellness Physician. Your doctor will determine the success of the treatment, discuss the most important results with you and will give you advice on how to integrate the requirements of your Ayurveda package into your daily life. Your personal final report, which you can take home with you, summarizes all the results.
Given below is an overview of a typical Ayurveda Weight Loss Package at a Wellness Retreat.
In an Ayurveda Retreat, you will be provided with Satvik vegetarian meals to help you get maximum benefits from this program. The food is provided basis Ayurveda principles that helps you manage weight from within.
Lekhana Vasti - A specific variety of medicated Enema helps eliminate toxins and manage weight.
Sarvanga Kashaya Dhara - This treatment is a kind of sedation therapy using herbal decoction. This is a process by which the body is made to perspire by means of pouring warm decoction from special herbs with a special vessel from a certain height in a rhythmic manner and is rubbed in to the body. This method removes ‘ama’ ro toxins from the tissues and promotes fat metabolism, removes tension from muscles and also alleviates pain and stiffness of the joints and muscles, Fibromyalgia etc.
Udvarthanam - This is a typical message with herbal powders for about 30 to 45 minutes daily for a period of 14 to 28 days. This treatment is for diseases like Obesity (excess fat), Hemiplegia, Paralysis and certain Rheumatic aliments.
Abhyangam - Special types of oil massage in which strokes are given corresponding to the diseases. Most effective if practised for 45 minutes per day for 14 days. This treatment is very useful for Obesity, especially for Diabetic gangrene etc.
Lekhaneeyam - It is a special treatment for Obesity. A very special herbal paste is massaged on the body in an upward direction. This is good for Obesity, Cellulites and to tone up the muscles and skin.
Detox Anti Cellulite- A hot fomentation massage to loosen up fatty tissue.
Lepanam - Herbal paste application for loosening up of fatty areas in the body.
Snehpaanam - Medicated ghee intake for internal oleation and detoxification
Medicated Herbal Oil Massage, Medicated Herbal Powder Massage and Medicated Steam Bath are also work best for reducing weight.
Virechana karma (Purgation) in which Eranda taila (Castor Oil) is taken with milk to cleanse the body of toxins.