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Question: How does Maharishi Ayurveda treat weight gain and obesity?

In Maharishi Ayurveda, one size does not fit all. Each physical constitution is assessed for its unique special strengths and weaknesses — as a unique individual mind-body structure.

So, first, an ayurvedic expert, called a Vaidya, determines your body type, and helps you find your ideal weight for your height.

The ayurvedic expert uses an ancient diagnostic method called pulse diagnosis to help reveal the root causes of your weight gain. This also helps the Vaidya custom design your individual weight loss program. The program is always built around the most relevant natural treatments for you.

The program approach is powerful, but simple and effective: gentle purification; stress reduction; and modifications to your diet that center on light, easy-to-digest foods that are both satisfying and nourishing, improving digestion. That's because poor digestion creates toxins and impurities that contribute to weight gain.

Specifically, Maharishi Ayurveda helps to improve digestion through:

  • Use of spices, oils and herbs
  • Foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A simple system for a balanced diet
  • Foods that enhance or inhibit digestion
  • Eating habits for best digestion
  • Good food combinations
  • Exercise

Ayurveda uses herbs and therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind, reduce toxins and improve circulation. These are spa-like treatments, done in-home using special MAPI herbs and herbal compounds, or in-residence at an ayurvedic spa.

This is a very important step because one of the most serious side effects of weight gain is the accumulation of damaging toxins in the body. According to ayurveda, almost every major disease is caused primarily by toxins and blocked circulation.

Rejuvenation therapy, in brief, is a powerful deep cleansing and healing experience that utilizes:

  • Authentic ayurvedic herbal oil massage
  • Internal cleaning therapies
  • Stress management to improve eating habits
  • Daily and seasonal ayurveda lifestyle support
  • Ayurveda herbs for digestion, metabolism and detoxification
  • Maharishi yoga and breathing techniques

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.