Ayurveda description of medha Dhatu ( body fat or meda dhatu)
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Ayurveda description of Medha Dhatu ( Body fat )
“Swatejombu gunaasnigdho drktam medhobhijayate”
Meda dahtu (body fat) is formed from mamsa dhatu (muscles). The nutrients required to form medha dhatu are present in mamsa dhatu. These nutrients get metabolized with water and form medha dahtu. Medha dahtu is snigdha (oily) and soft .
Functions of medha dahtu
“medah snehaswedou pustimastnanncha karoti ”
Because of medha dhatu 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 meda dhatu increases? ( Increase in body fat )
Increased meda 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 ) -increase meda dhatu
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.
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