Tips for Lipedema

Lipedema is a condition that causes excess fat to accumulate in the lower part of the body.

Lipedema is a disorder characterized by abnormal and irregular deposits of fat in tissues underneath the skin. There is an abnormal symmetric enlargement of the legs, thighs, and buttocks. Lipidomic fat in the later stages may also accumulate in the chest, abdomen, and upper extremities. People with lipedema may have size disparities of up to ten clothing sizes between their top and bottom.

Ayurveda does not have a specific name for this condition, but as per hetu, dosha and dushya vitiation, it can be categorised under a medovruddhi vyadhi. It is caused due to vitiation in the Vata and Kapha dosha, and agnimandya which disturbs the digestion and assimilation of food in its nutritious form. Simultaneously it disturbs dhatu, especially meda dhatu metabolism, and if intake of heavy, greasy, stale, fermented, kapha vruddhikar food, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and if no exercises persist for a long time, in various phases of female life, it may lead to various issues leading to hormonal imbalance and medo vruddhi.

Compression Garments

To promote lymph circulation and control swelling, compression garments including spandex shorts, stretch bandages, and custom-fitted pantyhose are recommended.

Massage & Exercise

The lymphatic system is stimulated by lymphatic massage, which relieves pain and prevents fibrosis. In addition to helping circulation, water exercises maintain muscle mass as well.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Replace processed foods with whole foods, avoid chemicals, artificial sweeteners, sugar, sweets, junk foods, fast food, white flour, and wheat.

Exercise and a healthy diet may help reduce inflammation and lipedemic fat.

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