Address Cellulite Ayurvedically – with Dr Teitelbaum; your SV Ayurveda Newsletter Sept 21, 2023 – #37, Vol 12

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Cellulite is very hard to get rid of, because we never really understand what it is and how it comes to be in the first place! Vaidya Mishra formulated unique effective ayurvedic creams that address the mechanism of adipose or fat tissue malfunctioning and accumulation.




~ Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Ayurveda has a deep understanding of the causes of cellulite as well as how to manage it. 

At the deepest level it is said that the vibrational energy is not received through the body’s nadis and marma-s, the body’s vibrational centers which receive and distribute the flow of prana, or life energy. And if the vibrational energy is not received and circulating, then the process of cellulite formation will begin. It is also important that the three doshas, vata, pitta and kapha are balanced, as well as their subdoshas, which are various areas around the body that these doshas control. Please read my book, “Healing the Thyroid With Ayurveda” for a more thorough explanation of the vibrational and physical channels, prana, vata, pitta, kapha and their subdoshas and what they control. 

A good diet is necessary for optimal fat metabolism, but sometimes we also need local herbal infusion and transdermal application. This unique SVA formulation contains famous ayurvedic herbs such as Guggulu, Gymnema, Punarnava, and the most famous of them all: Lodhra.

Roll-onto cellulite-ridden areas of your body, or just areas with some fat accumulation. Couple the use of the roll-on with a good SVA diet and regular exercise and watch your fat melt away!


“Fat Formula Synergy” (Vaidya Mishra’s proprietary blend), with Guggul (Commiphora wightii), Gymnema sylvestre, Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Hibiscus diffusus, Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa), Grapefruit and Sweet Orange in distilled water with Vegetable Glycerine, Beeswax and Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil.

So first off we need to make sure the vibrational channels are functioning properly because they control the body’s physical channels, which carry all the bodily fluids such as blood, lymph, sweat, tears, food, etc. And then at the same time we need to keep the doshas and subdoshas balanced. 

Next, we must look at digestion: if it isn’t working properly toxins, known as ama (partially digested food which clogs the body’s physical channels) and ama visha (which results from the ama rotting and fermenting and turning into a hot inflammatory acidic toxin) can deposit and accumulate under the skin in the muscles, fat and fascia which is one of the main causative factors in cellulite formation. So to prevent cellulite we must address and fix the patient’s digestion to prevent the toxins from forming and depositing into these tissues. 

We must also learn various ways to open up the fascia — the network of fibers, also known as connective tissue, through which the prana and other fluids flow. If our fascia gets stuck and congested, the prana and fluids can’t flow properly, resulting in stagnation in both the physical and vibrational channels, allowing toxins to deposit which create cellulite in specific areas around the body.

We also have to see how clean the 7 tissues are: the blood plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and reproductive fluids. Toxins held in these 7 tissues contribute to the toxins being held in the 7 layers of the skin. So we have to teach the patient how to keep these 7 tissues clean. For example, there are several processed foods and chemicals which can create toxicity in the blood plasma and blood; poor quality protein causes toxins to be deposited in the muscle tissue (like processed meats, heavy red meats, many of the protein powders currently on the market and leftover proteins which have oxidized, for example); bad fats such as vegetable oils (which cause inflammation in the fat tissue), bad salt (which causes retention of both toxins and fluid in the blood and skin). Poor quality sugars can also trigger cellulite formation, as well as heavy, channel-clogging foods and leftovers. We have specific herbs, teas and dietary recommendations to keep each of the 7 tissues clean.

Even mental and emotional stress can cause toxins to form in the blood, which also contributes to cellulite formation.

Poor circulation is another contributing factor due to a sedentary lifestyle resulting in slow metabolism and accumulation of toxins in certain body parts due to lack of movement. So we must instruct the patient on the best type of exercise for their body type.

Hormonal imbalances can also form cellulite since the hormonal system especially impacts the hips, buttocks and thighs. Here again, we have many herbs and dietary and daily routine recommendations to offer our patients to balance out their hormones.

And, this is not fair, but cellulite formation is rarely found in men since the connective tissue is arranged in a criss-cross pattern which keeps their fat layer from expanding, which prevents the superficial puckered appearance of the skin seen in women’s cellulite deposits. Women’s connective tissue is more perpendicular allowing cellulite to form more easily.

My teacher and mentor, Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra’s specialty was dermatology. Treating cellulite was the last course he gave to his doctors and lay people before his untimely passing in 2017. Thanks to his genius in treating all skin conditions, he left us with a 4-step approach to treat cellulite. The first step is to massage the cellulite with a specific type of raw silk glove, which will break down the toxins stuck in the fascia and at the same time allowing more circulation and movement to open up the flow of both the vibrational and physical channels to allow the stagnant prana and physical toxins to move out.

He then made various transdermal creams to be placed directly onto the areas affected by the cellulite. The first cream opens the channels to the affected areas so those areas can be detoxified and nourished. The second cream creates new collagen synthesis to aid in restoring the skin health by tightening up the areas of cellulite and sagging skin. And the third cream restores the fitness and elasticity to the fascia. The approach also re-enlivens the skin, giving it a healthy glow. 

When we combine this with proper diet, daily routine and cleansing techniques we have great success in both preventing and treating cellulite.

So you can see from this discussion that in order to properly treat not only cellulite, but any disease process in the body, we need to take a greater perspective on the problem and not just treat the most superficial symptom. In the case of cellulite we want to make sure we don’t just address the skin and fascia, but instead look deeper to see why toxins are forming in the first place which will then get deposited into the various layers of the skin and fascia forming the cellulite.

I hope this information helps you to understand how to always step back, look at the health problem from the deepest perspective possible, thinking outside the box, so you can properly treat these problems at their various root causes.

Thank you.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey


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