Ayurvedic Treatment of Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and or increased health problems. People are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in metres, exceeds 30 kg/m2.              

History of Obesity

The Indian surgeon Sushruta (6th century BCE) related obesity to diabetes and heart disorders. He recommended physical work to help cure it and its side effects.

Obesity is from the Latin obesitas, which means "stout, fat, or plump". Esus is the past participle of edere (to eat), with ob (over) added to it. The Oxford English Dictionary documents its first usage in 1611 by Randle Cotgrave.

Ayurvedic Line of of Management

• Vat, Kaph & Fat reducing (Lekhan) diet

• Dry, Pungent and Hot Potency herbs

• Panchkarma

What Causes Obestiy

• Lack of exercise Avyayam

• Sedentary lifestyle Diwaspan

• Rich diet Kapah Ahar

• Excessive sweets Madhur ras atisevan

• Excessive fatty diet Snigdha atisevan

• Lack of stress Achinta

Factors Influencing Obesity

• Nutritional

• Activity levels

• Endocrinal

• Genetic

• Drugs

Features of Obesity

• Abdomen, breast, hips become heavy and pendulous on movement

• Improper distribution of fat

• Lasitutde

Aurvedic Formulations for Obesity:

• Triphala

• Takrarishat

• Stholyahar kwath

• Lekhaniya Mahkshay


• Virechan after snehan with herbs Vijaysar, Chitrak / Mustak, Haldi, Triphala / Haritaki / Ashok

• Vasti with Lekhaniya Mahakashay herbs namely Nagarmotha Kuth, Haridra, Daruharidra, Vach, Ativisha, Kutaki, Chitrak, Chirbilav / Vijaysar, Hemvati / Bilva patra

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Ten other possible contributors to the recent increase of obesity.

1. Insufficient sleep

2. Endocrine disruptors (environmental pollutants that interfere with lipid metabolism)

3. Decreased variability in ambient temperature

4. Decreased rates of smoking, because smoking suppresses appetite

5. Increased use of medications that can cause weight gain (e.g., atypical antipsychotics)

6. Proportional increases in ethnic and age groups that tend to be heavier.

7. Pregnancy at a later age (which may cause susceptibility to obesity in children).

8. Epigenesis risk factors passed on generationally.

9. Natural selection for higher BMI.

10. Assortative mating leading to increased concentration of obesity risk factors.

Herbs for Obesity

• Giloy

• Nagrmotha

• Gugglu

• Shilajeet

• Shunthi

• Yavkshar

• Vidang

• Yav

• Madhu

• Kutaki

• Amlaki

• Erand

• Vijaysar

• Chitrak

• Haldi

• Bilva

• Pippli

• Kuchla

Dr. Sanjeev Sood is Prof. & Head of Panchakarma Department at Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar

And visiting faculty to EISRA Holland, ICAU- Belgium Medicarom- Romania. Mob: +91-9814004142 Email: drsanjeevsood@yahoo.com