PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT IN OBESE THROUGH PANCHAKARMA: A REVIEW
Keywords:obesity, Sthoulya, Lekhana basti, Vamana, Virechana, Udvartana
Introduction- Obesity is one of the most common yet preventable health problems. It is defined as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. It is a state of increased body weight, due to adipose tissue accumulation, that is of enough magnitude to produce adverse health effects. The excess energy is stored in the form of fat tissue deposition. Obesity is described in various Ayurvedic texts as Sthoulya or Medoroga. It is described as Santarpanottha vikara (disease caused by over nourishment). Obesity affects our behaviour and lifestyle, as well as the way our personalities develop. Although it is majorly associated with complications in physical health, adiposity contributes to a variety of psychological processes, such as well-being, personality development, identity formation and person perception. Aim- To understand the effect of obesity on personality development and review the various Panchakarma therapies in management of obesity. Data source- The references for the article are taken from classical textbooks, published research papers and previous work done. Result- Sthoulya being systemic diseases, involves a deeper pathology. Panchakarma has the benefits to eliminate the disease from the root alongwith the toxins accumulated in the body through the nearest route of elimination. Various Panchakarma therapies like Vamana, Virechana, Lekhana basti, Udvartana; help to reduce obesity and in turn enhance overall personality of the individual. Conclusion- Panchakarma with its diverse dimensions of therapies can help in the management of Sthoulya and can contribute to developing a healthy state of mind and personality.
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