Ayurveda advocated as method for weight loss

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre (DHTC) says that Ayurveda can help reduce weight.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 12, 2005

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre (DHTC) says that Ayurveda can help reduce weight. According to the centre’s Ayurveda specialist, Dr Asha Rani, the ‘science of life’ focuses on the five elements of a human being: space, air, water, fire and earth. “To remain healthy, all five elements must be balanced in the body just like in nature,” Dr Rani said. Obesity is referred to as ‘Medoroga’ in Ayurveda and is related to earth and water. When these two elements are in excess in the body, it leads to excess weight. In Ayurveda, the three doshas — Vata, Pita and Kapha — are the three energies of the body. Vata is responsible for circulation, respiration and elimination. Pita digests food and converts it into nutrients and assimilation, and Kapha is for protection and union, looking after all bones, organs and joints. According to Dr Rani, these three doshas should be in balance, as imbalance leads to disease. Each individual is a combination of these doshas in different proportions. Depending on one’s constitution, in order to loose any excess weight, Dr Rani recommends diet and specific Ayurvedic herbs. She says the Ayurvedic process to lose weight works on the following three levels. To eliminate toxins, a good weight loss program must be given with detoxification and Ayurvedic herbs. Balancing all three doshas requires the use of additional herbs based on the patient’s needs. Finally, Ayurveda recommends a different diet to each person with in order to maintain weight and healthy lifestyle. Yoga and breathing are given to lose weight and moderate exercise helps to strengthen muscles and increase stamina. DHTC has recently appointed a new Ayurveda specialist, Dr Manoj Kumar, who specialised in rehabilitation. Dr Kumar holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and has additional qualifications in Modern Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. “Ayurveda relies heavily on a profound understanding of the vital forces and its manifestations on the psycho-physical body system,” said Dr Kumar.

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