WEIGHT GAIN – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Weight gain is the condition in which a gradual increase in the body mass with or without underlying pathology.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • CAUSES OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • DIAGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • TREATMENTS FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • PROGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • COMPLICATIONS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • WEIGHT GAIN  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • YOGA FOR WEIGHT GAIN
  • RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF WEIGHT GAIN

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Obesity
  • Irregular menstruation in females
  • Puffy face
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Pain on weight-bearing joints
  • Swelling in the face, abdomen or extremities
  • High cholesterol
  • Sexual dysfunction

CAUSES OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Hormone changes
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Hypopituitarism (underactive pituitary gland)
  • Weight gain during pregnancy
  • Certain medications like Corticosteroids
  • Long term treatment for hyperthyroidism
  • Birth control pills
  • Overeating
  • Kidney diseases that result in oedema (swelling)

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF WEIGHT GAIN

Due to the above-mentioned causes, there is an accumulation of adipose tissue occurs under the skin. In the case of kidney diseases, there is fluid retention occur in the body that leads to swelling. Weight gain due to oedema is also manifested in liver diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

DIAGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Diagnosis through clinical features
  • BMI – Body mass index
  • BMI Categories:

Underweight = <18.5

Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

Overweight = 25–29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

  • Formula:

Weight (kg) / [height (m)]2

  • Blood tests – to measure the level of thyroid hormones, blood glucose level etc.

TREATMENTS FOR WEIGHT GAIN

  • Physical exercise
  • Diet modifications
  • Surgical interventions
  • Treatment of underlying pathology

PROGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Weight gain is manageable with life modifications and medications. Untreated weight gain leads to complications.

COMPLICATIONS OF WEIGHT GAIN      

  • Osteoarthritis in weight-bearing joints
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic diseases

WEIGHT GAIN AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,weight gain is caused due to the ‘medo vridhi’. It is managed based on the treatment of ‘sthoulya’.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Excess consumption of unctuous, heavy, oily food
  • Dysfunction of agni
  • Lack of vyayama (physical activities)
  • Sedentary lifestyle

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Gradual gaining of weight

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Improper functioning of jataragni affect dhatu agni leads to symptoms of weight gain.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Increased appetite
  • Atisweda – excess sweating
  • Ksheena – fatigue
  • Sthoulya –obesity

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF WEIGHT GAIN

  • Symptoms are manageable with Ayurvedic medicines

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR WEIGHT GAIN

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR WEIGHT GAIN

  • Treatment for agni
  • Treatment for medovridhi
  • Varanadi kashayam
  • Triphala guggulu
  • Kanchanara guggulu 
  • Punarnavarishtam

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR WEIGHT GAIN

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR WEIGHT GAIN

  • Exercise regularly
  • Take an appropriate quantity of fluids

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR WEIGHT GAIN

  • Avoid food items which produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid more oily foods, junk foods

YOGA FOR WEIGHT GAIN

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam   

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                            

  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Pashchimottasana
  • Suryanamaskara
  • Trikonasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Ushtrasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Bhujangasana

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF WEIGHT GAIN

  1. Outcomes from a Whole-Systems Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Therapy Treatment for Obesity Pilot Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6446167/

  • Managing Obesity Through Ayurveda

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236346442_Managing_Obesity_Through_Ayurveda

  • A clinical study on the role of Agnimanthadi compound in the management of Sthaulya (obesity)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296348/

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