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We are back again with our next Newsletter on Obesity this time. Ayurveda deals with obesity in a different perspective as compared to the modern science. Ayurveda defines various causes and treatments to help obese person to reduce weight. This article on 'Ayurveda approach to obesity' explains thorough understanding about principles and practice of weight management in Ayurveda. It is bit technical but it is required to understand the subject from its core and not merely taking weight loss tips. It will be simplification of the subject if I put some weight loss tips from Ayurveda and such tips are available everywhere. So, do enjoy reading interesting knowledge from Ayurveda. We heartily welcome your suggestion on our newsletter how to make it more useful and knowledgeable.

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Dr. Rajesh Kotecha 'Vaidya', M.D. (Ayurveda)
Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center


SANDHIGATHA VATA  (Osteoarthritis) 



Ayurveda according to the basic principles a human body is composed of humors though the number of humors is still a controversy. The three humors mentioned in ayurvedic classics are vata, pitta and kapha. Any act that is not adjuvant to the Kaalam (time), Deham (physical body), Balam (strength) and Rithu (season) can bring about any ailment. Vyana vata dosha, one of the five types of vata dosha (dosha of air and empty space) governs the entire body and mind movements, that involves blood flow, heart pulsation, breathing and the thoughts in mind. The vitiation of this type of vata causes rheumatism. Osteoarthritis is essentially a vata disorder, with the involvement of pitta and Kapha doshas.

Vata has a Rookshatva (dryness) and Laghutva (lightness) as attributes and the doshas  vitiation leads to imbalance of the Kapha dosha depleting the synovial fluid, that provides cushion and lubrication to the joints. This depletion leads to osteoarthritis in which the cartilage in the joints wears away causing friction, causing pain and limited joint mobility. That affects the large weight-bearing joints, like the hips and knees.

Causes for Sandhigatha Vata:

·         Katinya (hardness) is considered to be a chief property of the bone. Calcium is that which enhances the hardness to it. So a diet with less calcium supplement can cause this ailment. Consuming dry, cold, fried oily or stale food, caffeine, red meat, excess salt, chocolates.

·        A few habits which are not noticed like  not regular in sleeping habits, suppressing natural urges, getting exposed to a severe cold and dry weather and excessive travel all this adds up to causes to the disorder in a long run.

·         Alcohol consumption in excess depletes the body of vitamins and minerals leads to deficiency of calcium even if were are taking it in our diets aggravating the vata dosha.

·         Life style : A main cause to the osteoarthritis is sedentary lifestyle, fast foods, high heels shoes long distance running, but all goes unnoticed in this instantaneous era. Mostly goes unnoticed as they are micro traumatic.

·        Congenital: Deformities like unequal bone length, miss alignments, joint shape, and bone mineral density.

·        Gender: A prime constitutional susceptibility; women are more prone to get this disorder than men because after menopause the hormonal state in a women augments to increase the risk factor.           

·       Post traumatic : Incidents like accidents, fall, and hit. Generally trauma can be divided into macro trauma and micro trauma. Macro trauma are for examples like fracture and micro trauma are noticed later as they are noticeable when they are more chronic . 


Interesting Health News

Copper vessel keeps water safe: Lab study

For four years, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (IAIM), Bangalore, studied the effect of storing water in a copper vessel. It demonstrated that no growth of harmful bacteria — such as E Coli, Salmonella Typhi, and Vibrio Cholerae — was recorded in the water stored in a copper vessel overnight.  Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, Director of IAIM, said the study substantiated the traditional claims that water stored in a copper vessel is good for health. He said copper kills the harmful bacteria present in the water. He said current water purification systems were expensive and thus beyond the reach of rural masses. In this context, he said, copper’s water-treating quality was like a boon to poor people. Dr Padma Venkatasubramanian, a scientist at IAIM, said even treated water could get contaminated depending on the hygiene of the place where it was stored. She added that even regular water filters required regular cleaning of candles, something that most people often ignore.

Also, she said, water treated through heaters could get contaminated during handling. Considering this, copper vessel is an easy way to keep water safe for potable purposes, she said.

Recipe of the Month : Dates Walnut cake

Ingredients :

1.    Seedless dates  500gm

2.    Walnut   pieces  300gm

3.    Milk  enough to dip the dates 250 ml

 Method :
Make pieces of dates and keep them in a vessel with thick base. Add milk to the dates and keep it on low flame. When the dates get softer mash them with a masher andadd crushed walnut coarse powder to it.Mix it well and then invert it into a greased plate. Level it by tapping . Cut it into pieces on drying.
Note: The preparation can be stored at room temperature for a week and in refrigerator for 15 days.

Product of the month

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) : Astringent and diuretic in cirrhosis and in the cases of obesity. It is a cardio tonic, lowers blood pressure and regularizes blood circulation in the heart. It is considered to be tonic, astringent, cooling and is used in heart diseases, contusions, fractures, ulcers. It is also acrid and credited with styptic, febrifugal and antidysenteric properties. For more detail click here: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) : A rejuvenate general tonic which stimulates immune system. Increases physical endurance & promotes Ojas. Regenerates hormonal system. Has anti stress properties. For more detail click here :

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