Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.
Facts about overweight and obesity as per WHO (world health organization)
Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the Ischemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

In spite of lots of research in modern world we don’t have any effective treatment approach towards obesity. But Ayurveda, a science 5000 yr old is well versed in management of condition like over weight or obesity.

A 36 Yr old lady came with complaints of-
Over wt Laziness
Fluid retention craving for food
Anxiety Palpitation
Breathlessness while walking and climbing stairs

History of present illness- Patient had given birth to a male child before 8 m, since then she is suffering form weight gain, Anxiety, Palpitation and increased blood pressure. Doctor prescribed her Anti hypertensive, Anti anxiety medications. This has made her condition worst, she has started becoming restless and body weight was increasing.

Treatment approach-
For High blood pressure, Anxiety and palpitation Dhara therapy was given. This has brought her Blood pressure and panic attacks under control.
Then Purgation therapy and powder massage therapy (Udwartana) was given, this has helped her to loss wt and inch.

The internal and external oliation in purgation therapy –brings softness in rigid unwanted fat cells, Scrap out them and finally expel them out form the body. It also balances hormones, which is responsible for craving of food in over weight patients. Rejuvenates whole body-mind system

Powders massage therapy – Stimulates fat cell metabolism, brings down subcutaneous fat, tone up the skin and underline muscles. Ultimately gives good sturdy figure.

Measurement Techniques

Before Therapy   After Therapy   One Year after Therapy
WEIGHT-        82.1 kg                            77.5 kg                   72.4 kg
BMI-                  31.5                                   29.8                          27.8
W:H-                 0.87                                   0.87                          0.87
FAT%-             40.68 %                           38.64 %                   36.47 %
Measurements to determine Inches loss
CHEST –             39 “                                   37”                              37”
UMBILICUS-  38.3”                                36”                              34”
WAIST-              38.5”                                36.6”                          35”
BUTTOCKS-  44”                                     42”                              40”
THIGH-             24.1”                                22.9”                           22”
CALF –                16”                                   15.5”                           15.1”
ARM-                  14.1”                               13.5”                           13.2”
FOREARM-    10.2”                                9.2”                               9”

The effect of therapy is such that, Patient keep on losing weight throughout year, until his/her body adopt normal body weight necessary for proper metabolism.
There is no adverse effect of theses therapies like other weight loss program.

Dr.Mangesh Mudgal
Resident doctor at Ayurveda Kenya