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The Lipid Layer: Medas Dhatu, Health and Balanced Weight

Written by Sebastian Pole

What role does good fat play in the body? Our lipid layer protects, comforts and nourishes our whole body. Here we delve into deep Ayurvedic thoughts on the role of fat.

We need to have a good supply of good quality (sara dhatu) fat tissue (medodhatu) to be healthy.

What is the lipid layer?

Our fat, or ‘lipid layer’ protects us, comforts us as well as helps to carry fat-soluble nutrition into our body and brain. According to Ayurveda our fat tissue is made from a combination of the Water and Earth elements that bring protection to our organs, bones and tissues. However, if we have too much or too little or poor quality fat tissue then health can become imbalanced. Too little fat tissue then we can be too thin with cracking joints, joint weakness, tired and brittle hair, bones, nails  and teeth. Too much and there can be obesity, excess fat tissue around the breasts, abdomen and buttocks, sexual debility, asthma, poor mobility, fear, hypertension and diabetes. If the fat is of poor quality and the doshas (Ayurvedic constitutions) invade it then there can be multiple symptoms from hard and small lumps, excessive sweating, kidney infections, diabetes, fibroids and other growths dependant on the causative factors.

Sebastian is a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. He qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help transform health. He holds a Licentiate in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine and is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor.

Sebastian Pole runs his own herbal practice in Bath and has been in clinical practice since 1998. He is also an organic herb expert and is passionate about supporting the sustainable supply of organic herbs. Fluent in Hindi, a registered Yoga therapist and passionate about running a business that brings benefit to everyone it connects with, Sebastian is on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life.

Sebastian lives on an amazing two acre forest garden farm in Somerset with his family, where he grows over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. His favourites are licorice, chamomile, echinacea, motherwort, valerian, tulsi and marigolds.

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006).

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