Ayurveda description of medho Dhatu ( body fat )
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Ayurveda description of Medho Dhatu ( Body fat )
“Swatejombu gunaasnigdho drktam medhobhijayate”
Medho dahtu (body fat) is formed from mamsa dhatu (muscles). The nutrients required to form medho dhatu are present in mamsa dhatu. These nutrients get metabolized with water and form medho dahtu. Medho dahtu is snigdha (oily) and soft .
Functions of medho dahtu
“medah snehaswedou pustimastnanncha karoti ”
Because of medhodhatu the body looks soft and fair.
It gives a good shape to body.
It helps to produce sweat and keeps the body skin moist. It prevents drying of skin
It strengthens the body and provides energy
It nourishes the next dhatu asthi ( bone )
It protects internal organs by providing them a cushioning effect.
It controls body temperature.
What happens when medho dhatu increases? ( Increase in body fat )
Increased medho dhatu causes tiredness
Even a slight exertion causes dyspnoea
Buttocks, breast and abdomen get enlarged and they become pendulous.
It leads to athisthoulyata (obesity)
Effects of athisthoulyata ( effects of obesity )
Body resistance to diseases reduces.
Erectile dysfunction: Inability to perform intercourse due to impotence.
Quantity of semen reduces.
Increased sweating and offensive body odor
Increased appetite and thirst
Causes of athisthoulyata ( reasons for obesity )
Increased use of sweets, oily foods and cold foods.
Sleeping in afternoons
Stress free life
How can we reduce body fat.
Consuming dry foods
Eating very little quantity of food
Avoiding afternoon sleep
Old age and chronic illness cause reduction of body fat.