CORRELATION BETWEEN STHAULYA AND CALCANEAL SPUR
Dr. Suryakant D. Rokde* and Dr. Somya O. Singh
Our country was and is one of the world‟s most affluent nations and the affluence of sedentary habits are known to be the leading cause of obesity. This is due to a deadly imbalance of high energy input through rich food and low energy expenditure due to lack of physical exercise. Sthaulya (Obesity) is one of the Medo-Roga occurring due to vitiation of Medo-vaha -Srotasa and Medo Dhatu. Since Medo-vaha-srotasa and Medo-Dhatu both are in vikruta awastha or vitiated state, hence improper nourishment of further dhatus (Asthi, Majja and Shukra is obstructed. This further leads to diseases and complications related to these dhatus as well. Adhyasthi/Exostosis (that growth of new bone on the surface of a bone) is a related complication that has been mentioned by Charakacharya in Asthi pradoshaj Roga. One of the complications of obesity apart from Ischemic heart diseases and Diabetes mellitus is Calcaneal spur (form of exostosis). Daily and seasonal health regimens (Swathavritta and Ritucharya) and other modalities such as detailed instruction on a proper balanced diet and appropriate levels of exercise as per the constitution (Prakriti) of the person have been laid out clearly in Ayurvedic text. It is interesting to note that world is now focusing on healthy lifestyle as key to avoid risk factors like obesity.
Keywords: Medo-Roga, Dhatu, Adhyasthi, Asthi pradoshaj Roga, Prakriti.
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