How to Overcome Obesity: Ayurveda Perspective


Obesity is a curable disease and the best thing about the cure is you don’t need to buy it. 

India is the birthplace of the cure of this disease which is written in Ayurveda. In this article you  will know about the Ayurvedic cure of Obesity.

What does Ayurveda say about Obesity ?

In Ayurveda the excessive weight or flabbiness in the body is called Sthaulya. According to Ayurveda, Sthaulya (Obesity) is caused due to an imbalance in the three doshas which are Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Ayurveda views Obesity as a cyclic process, and the imbalance between the three doshas leads to making wrong choices in lifestyle and diet which will eventually weaken the agni (digestive fire). 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Obesity

There are many treatments of obesity in ayurveda. However the best treatment is Yoga which is cost free and greatly effective and has been used in India for ages. There are herbal treatments also to treat obesity. These effective ayurvedic methods are best suited to bring a balance of all doshas in your body.


Used for the people with Vata as their dominant dosha. It requires herbs like haritaki, amalaki, musta, Guduchi, etc. This technique enables your body to get rid of the extra Vata and toxins thereby improving the digestive system. This method cleans the entire length of the colon. Further, there are many other basti techniques used to target different issues.


Used for the people with the Kapha as their dominant dosha. People who are suffering from Obesity due to spiked Kapha. This technique burns fat, increases strength, and makes the skin healthy by calming the Kapha, removing unpleasant odors, and controlling perspiration.


This ayurvedic remedy requires herbs like liquorice with salt water and neem and Amalaki. This daily activity eliminates mucus from your channels and provides relief from obesity. 


If your pitta dosha has spiked because of which you are suffering from Obesity this method of Ayurveda will completely help you. It is one of the panchakarma treatments, in this method herbs like aloe, rhubarb, and senna are used to induce cleansing which brings down the pitta dosha of the body. For obese people, usually, 100 ML of Triphala kwath and 40 ML of castor oil is used to perform virechana. 


This rejuvenating technique is performed using Amalaki, haritaki, vidanga, shilajatu, etc. together or separately to get rid of excess fats. These are induced in the body according to the dosha one aims to treat.

Ayurveda Medicines

Above mentioned names are the names of treatments but you can also go for the oral consumption of medicines. Certain popular medicines are triphala which is a great antioxidant and provides relief from bloating. Abhayarishta is another ayurvedic mixture that enhances metabolic functions and helps in weight management. Medohar Guggulu which removes excess meda and improves bone health. These medicines are available in powder or tablet form for consumption.

Obesity in the World

Obesity is a leading curable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. Since India has the largest ever adolescent and youth population it is a big concern for us. Right now the children and adults have no time for physical work, they either study or play video games. This became a big reason for the youth of our country to become obese. 

Let’s take an example of the United States (U.S.) :-

Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. population and has been designated as a research priority by the National Institutes of Health. The CDC reports that the prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of U.S. adults in 2015–2016, with an estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States at $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. 

This example is enough to tell you about how great this concern is ?

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