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Obesity Ayurvedic (sthoulya) – Lose weight now

In Ayurveda as early as 1500 BC Charaka Samhita has described this disorder under the title Medoroga or diseased state of fat metabolism. According to Charaka, , an individual whose increased adipose and muscle tissue makes his hips, abdomen and breasts pendulous and whose vitality is much less than his body size in obese. Simple obesity is due to alimentary factors like overeating heavy, sweet, oily foods, lack of exercise and hereditary predisposition. It can be due to other disorders of pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, gonads, pancreas and hypothalamus. Derangement of Agni or digestive powder leads to production of ama, which disturbs Agni of fatty tissue and blocks the proper formation of further tissues.Improperly formed fatty tissue accumulates in the body causing obesity. Accumulated fat causes disturbance to movement of vata, which in turn increases appetite.

Patient therefore eats more and the entire food is then converted into proper fat tissue, creating a viscous circle. Apart from the signs described above, Charaka has described that such person has reduction of longevity, premature aging, unpleasant odor, excessive sweating, dyspnea on mild exertion, excessive hunger and thirst, weakness, loss of vitality, loss of sexual powder and mental confusion. If the condition is not properly treated, various complications like hypertension, hyper-cholesterol, heart diseases, hyperacidity, kidney infection, diabetes, fistula, arthritis and lipoma are produced.

Persons having kapha constitution, obesity is very common, as their metabolism is very slow. It has been found that to relieve strain or depression these people start eating. These people have the tendency to retain water. Hence the excess weight is mainly due to water retention and not due to accumulation of improper fatty tissue. In these individuals usually the function of the kidney is very weak.

Persons having pitta constitution usually has excess appetite. However their metabolism is very rapid, hence they have fewer tendencies to develop obesity than kapha constitution. But if these people do not take care regarding over eating sweets or sugars, then they can develop obesity.

In vata type people obesity is very remarkable. These are fluctuations in gaining weight and loosing weight. Many vata persons eat to provide security against their nervousness or anxiety, which is common in these people. In all types exercise is a must.

Obesity is the most common metabolic disorder Obesity is a condition in which individual is significantly overweight.Body mass index BMI more than 25. Excessive body fat is accumulated on the belly, buttocks, breasts and thighs. This may lead to life style diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc

Bariatrics-The branch of medicine encompassing the study of overweight, its causes, prevention, and treatment

What are overweight and obesity?
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.
Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).
The WHO definition is:
• a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight
• a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity.
BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages of adults. However, it should be considered a rough guide because it may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different individuals.


mainly due to absence of physical activity. Other causes may be sleeping during the day, intake of Kapha – increasing foods (heavy, sweet, cooling and unctuous food in excess). Over intake of food.
Heredity and Pathology are rare causes

Body is made of 7- Dhatus {Rasa (Lymph), Rakta (Blood), Maans (Muscle), Meda( Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (Nervous System) Shukra (Reproductive System)}. But in Obese fellow Meda is excessively nourished and remaining other Dhatus get malnourished. Kapha gets accumulated in between. Roll of medicines with dietary correction is to remove obstructedKapha and let all Dhatus nourish equally. When Kapha increases in abnormal fashion, Fat metabolism gets hampered and person becomes Obese.

Three important points for loosing weight:
1. Controlling eating habits.
2. Regular exercise.
3. Avoiding the causes of weight gain

A diet that helps to lose weight:
• Early morning – A glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. A teaspoonful of honey can be added if you like.
• Breakfast – Wheat or Mung (green beans) sprouts and one cup skimmed milk.
• Mid morning- A glass of orange, pineapple or carrot juice.
• Lunch – Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, beet, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes. In case you can not digest raw vegetables, either steam or boil them. Whole grain bread or whole wheat chapatis (Indian recipe) and a glass of buttermilk. It will be good to add some roasted cumin seeds, green coriander leaves, a little salt and some grated ginger in the butter milk.
• Mid afternoon – Coconut water or dry fruits or lemon tea or vegetable soup.
• Dinner – Whole grain bread or chapatis, steamed vegetables and any seasonal fruit except banana and apple.

Diet and Regimen:
• Avoid cold drinks, fatty fried foods and chocolates.
• Fruits and green vegetables are low calorie foods, so over weight persons should use these more frequently include the green leafy vegetables, sprouted moong beans in your salad.. If you want relish it, take it with lemon juice,pepper and salt. Salad should form a major part of meals
• One should avoid intake of too much salt . Salt may be a factor for increasing the body weight.
• Milk products like cheese, butter should be avoided because these are rich in fat. Meat and non-vegetarian foods should also be avoided.
• Avoid red meat (lamb/pork/beef) but be on white meat (chicken/fish).
• Avoid Smoking/ drinking alcohol.
• Do not drink water immediately after meals. Drink it after half an hour. Try to drink warm water.
• ‘Honey’ – Taking honey is an excellent home remedy for obesity. It mobilizes the extra deposited fat in the body and puts it into circulation which is utilized as energy for normal functions. One should start with small quantity of about 10 GMs. or a tablespoonful to be taken with luke warm water. It is good to take it in early morning empty stomach. A teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice may also be added.

• Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. A valuable chemical called tartaric acid is present in this vegetable, which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim.

• Tomatoes are valuable in obesity. One or two ripe tomatoes taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, are considered a safe method of weight reduction. They also supply the food elements essential to preserve health.
• Exercise is an important part of weight reduction plan. It helps to use up calories stored in body as fat. In addition, it also relieves tension and tones up the muscles of the body. Walking daily for half an hour is the best exercise to begin with and may be followed by running, swimming and rowing. Increase physical activities in daily life.

Herbs like Amlaki (Emblicaofficinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belericia), (Triphala) Guggul are effective.
Some generally used preparation for obesity are as follows :
TriphalaGuggulu, MedoharGuggulu, ArogyaVardhini, Chandraprabhavati.etc


Ayurvedic treatment [Chikitsa]
Ayurvedic treatment does not mean suppressing the main symptoms and creating some new ones as side effects of the main treatment. It is to remove the root cause and give permanent relief.

There are four main classifications of management of disease in Ayurveda:

  1. shodanam, or cleansing; and
  2. shamanam or palliation; rasayana, or rejuvenation;

The treatment mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals.(Choornam, Gudika, kashayam, Gritham, thailam for both external and internal use.) Because the medicines are from natural sources and not synthetic, they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating any side effects and on the other hand, there may be some side benefits. For better result follow proper pathyam (diet and regimen). Along with medicine, proper diet, exercise and living style is also advised. This is equally important. If we are taking a medicine to remove the root cause and at the same time we are taking some food or following a life style which is increasing the cause of disease, then we may not get well or will be getting less relief. In addition to these Pancha Karma It’s a very safe way to promote good health, prevent diseases and acquire longevity of life that’s the Aim of Ayurveda.

Dr. Kaveri V Ram (MD Ayu)
Business Devolopment Manager
Amala Ayurveda