With excessive pendulous buttocks and abdomen caused by excessive fat and muscles, a human being is called overweight.
The deficiency of energy and metabolism are causes of obesity. The eight despicable persons as per Charakha integrated obese persons.
Over saturation causes Medoroga, it means underneath santarpanaja vikar. Obesity if left uncared can even cause death. Obese people are more prone to diseases like arthritis, cardiac problems, diabetes, and so on.
The etiological factors of Medoroga are the physical activity’s absence, day sleep, consumption of too much of sweet, greasy substances (pichchhil), meat, fresh wine, sea food meat, milk and its derived, flour and jaggery preparations that would increase kapha. Be short of of mental work, and genetic defects are also the factors contributing Medoroga.
Signs & Symptoms
The symptomatic signs of Medoroga are the accumulation of fat in large quantities all over the body preventing the person to do all the physical activities, breathing problem due to even little exertion, excessive thirstiness, hunger, and sleep, sudden breath catching, foul body smell and deteriorating physically and sexually.
Emesis, physical exercise, bloodletting, fasting, purgation, smoking, sweating, eating bumpy food grains, and consumption of abhayaprasha-honey mix are few ways to treat Medoroga.
Mixture of shunthi,Vidanga, ash residue of black iron and yavakshara, with honey can be used for curing obesity.
Another method to treat obesity is the combination of amalaki powder and barley in same amounts.
Choorna, kashay or decoction, vati or pills, rasaushadi, lepa or local applications, shodhana therapy or evacuative therapy, lekhan basti with ushakadi gana are recommended for treating obesity.
Chavyadi, Phalatrikadi, Vidangadya are popular among choornas. Trifala, Bilvadi, Madhujala sidhapeya and Shilajatu are common kashay or decoctions available. Navak, amrutadya are the known pills or vati used for treating obesity.
Under rasaushadi, Trimurti, rasabhasma yoga, loha rasayana wadavagni, are the popular ones available. Shirishadi ubatan, Mocharasadi, Priyangvadi, Jambudaladi ubatan, and Babbuladi ubatan are known local applications. The above drugs are from Ayurveda to treat obesity.
Pathya-apathya for obese people (to-do and not to-do)
One should worry, do excess body exercises, or indulge in sexual- intercourse. Moreover, one should sprinkle and rub different powders of medicinal value over body. Sunbath, Fasting, and brisk walking are recommended. Undergoing panchakarma cure like virechana and emesis (purgatives and laxatives) would be helpful. Consuming Barley or yava, Old rice, masoor, pungent, honey, and sour edible things is good for obesity. Eating leafy vegetables,trifala, trikatu , drinking hot water or excess water before meals is a recommended treatment.
One should not undergo rasayana aushadhi or rejuvenating therapies, and so on. It is recommended to avoid consumption of shashtishali (rice), all milk products, urad, sweets, sugarcane products, wheat, curd, fat , oily foods and particularly foods rich in hydrogenated fat like vanaspathi, ghee etc., and so on.