Ayurveda weight gain treatment or brimhana therapy increases healthy body weight, boosts immunity and rejuvenates body tissues.
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Why underweight persons have to gain weight ?
Frequently we come across many people who suffer from obesity and they struggle hard to lose weight. But there is a section of people who put a great effort to gain weight or increase their body weight. There are various ayurvedic weight gain recipes for this. Underweight men and women are at an increased risk of medical problems. Skinny women are more prone to miscarriages and breast cancer. Under weight men are at an increased risk of infertility problems, such as low sperm count, reduced semen volume etc. Apart from these asthma, repeated lung infections, hair loss, dry skin, wrinkles, osteoporosis, arthritis, weakened immune systems etc can affect men and women who are underweight. A good diet plan with well-balanced nutrients and a little change in lifestyle help to gain healthy body weight .
According to ayurveda a person who has very low body fat or less medha dhatu experiences the following problems
1. His body immunity reduces. He is susceptible to infections.
2. He experiences claibya or erectile dysfunction.
3. The quality and quantity of shukra dhatu (semen) reduces.
4. His iccha (libido ) decreases
5. The quantity of veerya (semen volume) reduces
6. He feels difficult to breath .
7. He suffers from arshas (piles or haemorrhoids), pleeha vriddhi (enlargement of spleen) and grahani roga (IBS Irritable bowel syndrome)
Ayurveda weight gain therapy – Brimhana therapy
It is very important to maintain optimum weight (neither too obese nor too thin) to be healthy and active. Ayurveda adopts two types of treatments to maintain optimum body weight.
- Brimhana Chikitsa (ayurvedic weight gain treatment)
- Karshana Chikitsa (Ayurvedic treatment for obesity)
Ayurveda acharyas recommend a special therapy, called “Brimhana therapy” to increase body weight naturally, boost immunity of body and rejuvenate body tissues. This therapy helps the individual to gain healthy body weight and enhanced immunity.
Acharya charaka defines brimhana therapy as follows.
This means the treatment which increases healthy body weight is brimhana therapy.
Commonly in persons who are underweight have aggravated vata dosha. This causes lightness and dryness of tissues and prevents accumulation of moistness and heaviness in body. When we administer brimhana treatment, vata dosha reduces, there will be an increase in pitta dosha and kapha dosha . Thus doshas get balanced and there will be a healthy weight gain. This is done after a prakruti analysis or constitution analysis.
Who needs Ayurvedic Weight Gain Treatment ?
Texts of ayurveda recommend “brimhana therapy” or natural Healthy weight gain therapy for persons who have lost body weight due to following reasons.
- When a person is suffering from chronic illness.
- When a person has to use medications regularly lifelong.
- In those who are addicted to alcohol.
- Men who overly masturbate and indulge in increased sexual activities.
- For those who suffer from psychological disorders like anxiety and depression.
- People who do heavy physical work like walking, carrying heavy loads etc.
- In persons who have aggravated vata.
- Women who have delivered babies and lactating.
- Children who are thin, weak and underweight.
- In elderly who have more vata imbalance
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Weight Gain
Include foods which have earth and water as major elements
Vata causes emaciation or weight loss in body. Ayurveda physicians advise to use of herbs and other ingredients which have earth (prithvi mahabhuta) and water (ap mahabhuta) elements in larger proportions (These are included in 5 basic elements or Panchamahabhuta). Also natural foods which are sweet to taste (madhura rasa), help in this . Banana, Grapes , Raisins, Mango , Jackfruit , dates, rice , Urad dal (black gram), Moong (green gram ), ghee, milk , Sugarcane Juice, etc are best foods to gain weight. These foods alleviate vata and balance all three doshas. Dates with milk is best option to increase body bulk.
Avoid using soy (soybean), horse gram, karela (bitter gourd) and other bitter foods as they increase vata. Use spices like jeera (cumin seeds), saunf (fennel seeds), long pepper, cinnamon, badi elaichi (black cardamom), small cardamom (elaichi), ajwain (carom seeds), ginger etc in very little quantity. These increase appetite and digestion in small quantities and can cause weight loss when used in excess.
Massaging whole body with vata balancing herbal oil like ksheerabala oil or sesame oil (Read ayurvedic oils for hair and body ) is recommended for those who are willing to gain healthy weight. Oil massage balances vata and help to improve strength of mamsa dhatu or muscle tissue.
Using of ayurvedic herbal preparations called Brimhana Rasayanas like amalaka rasayana and drakshadi rasayana , help to increase healthy body weight and also boost immunity. Men can use Vajikarana Rasayana (Vajikara Lehyam) for weight gain and also to boost sexual energy. Ashwagandha is also a best herb for weight gain. Ashwagandha milk or ashwagandha ksheerapaka is ideal for brimhana therapy. Shatavari is another herb which helps to gain weight. Like ashwagandha even shatavari powder can be boiled in milk and consumed for weight gain.
Restriction of strenuous physical activities also contributes to weight gain. But a regular brisk walk for 45 minutes is very essential to initiate weight gain. Walking also helps men who suffer from impotence.
Mix figs, almonds, dates and raisins in equal quantity. Add guda (jaggery) twice the proportion of dry fruits. Sauté this with pure cows ghee till it becomes like a jelly. Eat a tea spoon of this twice daily after food.
Benefits of Ayurveda Brimhana Therapy or healthy weight gain therapy:
The person who undergoes ayurvedic weight gain treatment or brimhana therapy enjoys the following benefits-
- The healthy body weight increases. Person looks healthy and fit.
- Body immunity gets a boost. Susceptibility to diseases reduces.
- Skin gains healthy and young look. Dryness of skin and wrinkles disappear. Luster and glow occupy the place of dullness.
- Energy levels increase.
- Men sexual problems like erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, reduced semen volume etc disappear.
- Volume of milk increases in lactating mothers.
- Children gain energy, healthy body weight and can easily digest the food consumed. They become more resistant to common diseases like cough and cold.
- Recuperation from illness is achieved quickly without any complications.
If you are trying to gain weight, keep regular appointments with your doctor to make sure you are staying in a healthy range.
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