|What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine, nearly
5000 year old. It means the science of life. The remedies
of Ayurveda have been successfully used the worldwide
for curing many diseases like obesity,
cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, jaundice etc.
The total Ayurvedic approach is towards balancing the
mind, body and the senses and to achieve perfect health.
Ayurveda has its roots in nature. Ayurvedic practices
bring you in harmony to nature and are virtually free
Ayurveda uses a three-step process to prevent disease
and reverse imbalance. This process has been applied
successfully to treat virtually diseases from menopause
to weight loss, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive
problems, anxiety and insomnia, chronic pain and many
These three steps are:
1. A Healthy Lifestyle
Most imbalance and disease result from years
of unhealthy lifestyle. Ayurveda guides you adopt a
healthy lifestyle so that your personal constitution
is in balance with nature.
2. Restores Balance
Ayurveda restores the inner balance of your
body and creates harmony amongst the basic bodily functions
(digestion, metabolism, circulation, elimination, tissue
development, nervous system). The root imbalances causing
disorders are gradually reversed.
3. Rejuvenation and Cleansing
Ayurveda cleanses the body of all of toxins,
undigested food and metabolic wastes, which cause low
energy, accelerate aging and cause many diseases. Ayurveda
cleanse and rebalances the body, restores its innate
healing ability and removes the debilitating effects
Ayurveda and Weight Loss: Ayurveda
is an alternative
therapy for losing weight.Ayurveda believes that
you are made up of space, air, water, fire and earth.
The whole creation i.e. nature is made up of these five
elements. To remain healthy all these five elements
must be balanced in the body just like in the nature.
According to Ayurveda there are three types of energy
forces or "doshas" that affect us in various
- Vata Dosha :
This is the first type of force which is a combination
of space (ether) and air. Vata is responsible for
movement and circulation, respiration and elimination.
- Pitta Dosha :
This is the second force formed by the combination
of fire and water. This force is mainly responsible
for Metabolism and Thermogenesis. The main function
of this dosha is to convert food into nutrients so
that the body can assimilate them easily.
- Kapha Dosha : This
is the third dosha formed by the combination of water
and earth. This dosha is responsible for protection
and growth. The function of this dosha is to build
the body and protect the various organs by giving
protective layers like the stomach lining protects
#Step 1: Know your Dosha
If you want to lose
weight, then first you should know your dosha. The
most common type of weight gain is caused by having
a slow metabolism. This is common for a person who is
a classic Kapha type.
Ayurveda will recommend a diet based on your constitution
because the dietary requirements vary from person to
person depending on the dominating force in his system.
# Step 2 : Elimination of Toxins
Toxins are introduced in your body through
faulty diet, environmental pollution and stress. These
toxins give birth to diseases like diabetes, cardio
vascular diseases, colon cancer, and gallbladder diseases
etc. which in turn are associated with obesity.
Ayurveda begins the weight loss programme with removal
of toxins from your body. 99% of the toxins can be eliminated
through simple breathing and cleaning the excretory
organs with the help of some herbs recommended by Ayurveda.
The toxins in the body damage the various organs responsible
for weight loss, thus undermining the body's ability
to loose weight. Detoxification helps in improving the
functioning of organs and in sustaining the weight loss
for along period of time.
# Step 3 Balancing all the three forces
Ayurveda balances the three doshas viz. Vata,
Pitta and Kapha . It i mproves the functioning
of organs with the help of various natural herbs. These
herbs heal the various organs responsible for weight
loss as well as balance the various forces in your body.
# Step 4: Healthy Diet
Ayurveda recommends a different diet for different
people based on their dosha.
In this way Ayurveda helps people maintain a healthy
life and to keep off weight gain. Ayurveda recommends
a holistic approach to weight management. In Ayurveda,
the emphasis is on determining the cause of the individual's
health need, and based on that analysis, offering an
individualized treatment that includes diet, daily routine
and herbal formulas.