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Ayurveda for Obesity Management

Ayurveda for Obesity Management

Ayurvedic Approach to Weight Loss: Learn holistic strategies for effective weight management and overall well-being. Unlock the power of Ayurveda today!

DPU Ayurved
July, 10 2023

Obesity has become a grave health concern worldwide, with its prevalence surging in recent years. Excessive fat accumulation not only impacts our physical appearance but also elevates the risk of chronic ailments. Consequently, individuals seek diverse weight loss strategies. This article delves into the potential of Ayurveda, for managing obesity and fostering overall well-being.

Understanding Obesity in Ayurveda

Ayurveda recognizes obesity as Sthaulya, a condition arising from an imbalance in the body's doshas, particularly Kapha dosha along with vata dosha. And this combination of doshas makes it harder to manage obesity. Factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, and emotional factors contribute to excess fat accumulation. Ayurveda targets the laxity of fatty tissue and the body more than just weight in kgs. As, every individual is unique, rather than concentrating just on Kgs i.e., quantity, one must concentrate on the tone of body tissues like fatty and muscle tissue which shows quality. So many a time, ‘loss in inches’ is more apparent than ‘loss in kgs’.

Ayurvedic Diet for Weight Loss

Ayurveda underscores the significance of a well-balanced diet in weight management. The principles of the Ayurvedic diet advocate the consumption of fresh, seasonal, and whole foods that align with one's body type.

Some Ayurvedic recommendations for weight loss include:

  • The use of millet is advised for obesity. E.g., Jowar, bajra, etc. They help in losing weight.
  • Consuming water infused with good quality honey is a good remedy in the long term to lose weight.
  • Also, use of buttermilk, warm water is helpful.
  • Spicing up meals with metabolism-enhancing spices such as turmeric, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Avoiding processed and fried foods, sugary drinks, and excessive salt intake.
  • Barley is also one of the best choices in grains for obesity.
  • Among dicots, green gram, and horse gram are preferable.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Weight Loss

Ayurveda provides an array of herbal medicines and supplements that can aid in weight loss. However, it is crucial to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before starting any medication.

Commonly used Ayurvedic medicines for weight loss include:

  • Triphala is a blend of three fruits that improves digestion and metabolism.
  • Guggul is a resin renowned for its fat-burning properties and cholesterol-lowering effects.
  • Medohar Guggulu is herbal formulation that reduces fat accumulation and improves metabolism.
  • Shilajatu is also useful if taken under a physician’s guidance.

It is important to note that Ayurvedic medicines should be taken under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner, who considers individual body type, dosha imbalance, and overall health condition before prescribing any specific medication.

Detoxification in Ayurveda for Weight Loss

Detoxification plays a pivotal role in weight loss according to Ayurveda. The accumulation of toxins disrupts metabolic processes and contributes to weight gain. Ayurvedic detox methods aim to eliminate these toxins and restore the body's balance.

According to the constitution of a patient, detox procedures are advised.

  • Vaman or emesis is a commonly used procedure in obesity management as it works of Kapha dosha. It also helps in obesity which is coupled with hypothyroidism and PCOD.
  • Virechana or purgation is rarely used if the patient is not eligible for Vamana and needs detox or has a pitta constitution.
  • Basti or medicated enema is also widely used for this purpose with a specific combination of herbs. 

Managing High Cholesterol with Ayurveda

Obesity often coincides with high cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease. Ayurveda offers natural approaches to manage cholesterol and mitigate this risk.

Ayurvedic practices for managing high cholesterol include:

  • Following a heart-healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins like fish and legumes.
  • Incorporating cholesterol-lowering herbs and spices such as garlic, turmeric, and cinnamon into meals.
  • Engaging in regular physical activity and practising yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) to enhance circulation and reduce stress.

It is crucial to remember that Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine, and effectively managing obesity or high cholesterol necessitates a comprehensive approach that encompasses lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, herbal remedies, and regular exercise.


Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to managing obesity and promoting weight loss. By addressing the underlying causes of weight gain, balancing doshas, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, Ayurveda aims to achieve sustainable weight loss and overall well-being.

However, it is important to seek guidance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who can customize the treatment plan according to individual needs and ensure safe and effective management of obesity and related conditions. Embracing the wisdom of Ayurveda can lead you on a journey towards a healthier, happier you. It also needs to keep in mind that, losing too much weight in a short period of the span is unhealthy and can lead to various long-term side effects and one should avoid the ‘trending’ ideas which are heavily advertised the TV commercials or social media.

Remember, consistency and patience are key when it comes to weight loss and incorporating Ayurvedic practices. Start by making small changes in your diet and lifestyle, gradually integrating Ayurvedic principles into your routine. With dedication and a balanced approach, you can achieve your weight loss goals and enjoy a healthier life with Ayurveda.

Expert Obesity Management at Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre, Pune

Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre, situated in Pimpri, Pune, is a renowned institution specializing in Ayurvedic treatments, including obesity management. With a team of experienced Ayurvedic doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, the center offers personalized treatment plans that combine dietary modifications, herbal medicines, detoxification therapies, and lifestyle counselling to effectively address obesity and promote overall well-being.

Whether you seek guidance in weight management or any other health condition, you can trust the expertise of the professionals at Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre to guide you on your path towards a healthier weight and an improved quality of life.


Editor – Dr. Neelesh Patil

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