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Ayurvedic Medicine for Weight Loss: Safe & Effective Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Ayurvedic medicine for weight loss by Pure Herbal Ayurved

Ayurvedic Medicine for Weight Loss Management


Indian Medicine Hippocrates, Charaka, has mentioned that excess body weight is a medo-roga (disease of fatty issue), which if not treated leads to sthoulya (obesity). Obesity and weight gain is a metabolic disorders. This usually happens for those, whose intake calories are more than their physical activities. This results in the collection of unwanted fat, such as adipose tissue (meda dhatu), commonly in the hip, abdominal, belly, thighs and breast areas. 


Here we will discuss in detail what are the main physical, lifestyle, emotional etc. reasons for obesity pathogenesis to start at the cellular level, and how it can be reversed by correcting those factors and supporting the metabolism with the right ayurvedic medicine, treatment and Panchakarma.


Ayurvedic Herbs Aim to Reduce Belly Fat


To know best, what is Ayurvedic medicine weight loss to reduce belly fat; one must understand the complete pathogenesis of weight gain or obesity, based on Ayurvedic medicine science. Weight gain is more prone in people with Kapha Prakruti (one of the Ayurvedic body types) and Kapha Dosha vikruti (imbalance).


Based on ayurvedic medicine, obesity is a gradual process of increase in Kapha Dosha, which causes low digestive metabolism (jatharagni) and cellular or tissue metabolism (dhatu agni); which results in progressive fall in basal metabolic rate (BMR) and leads to weight gain. Low BMR is understood in Ayurveda as low dhatu agni (tissue metabolism). 

Kapha doshas have the following qualities, which support weight gain and obesity-related processes inside the body cells. 


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Kapha Dosha is:

  1. Snigdha - unctuous, greasy
  2. Shita - cold.
  3. Guru - heavy - stable movement, solid.
  4. Manda - dull, slow.
  5. Slakshna - smooth (like ice cream).
  6. Mrtsnah - oily, sticky
  7. Sthira - stable, gross
  8. Madhura - Sweet
  9. Mrdhu - soft

To elaborate further, when someone is eating mainly high Kapha food or having a sedentary lifestyle; it’s acting against the light, hot and sharp quality of digestive fire (Agni) to reduce its effects. Low gastric agni, then diminishes the digestive and cellular metabolism. Low metabolism, makes things difficult for the body to process, digest and utilise refined or unrefined fat and sugary food, this eventually results in weight gain or obesity. The same pathogeneses happen in other high Kapha and low metabolism disorders like diabetes type 2, hypothyroidism, dyslipidaemia, anterior pituitary deficiency etc.



Is Ayurveda Good for Weight Loss?


Ayurvedic medicine for weight loss by Pure Herbal Ayurved

Yes, Ayurveda is good for weight loss, as Ayurveda can understand the root causes of weight gain and provide a unique and effective plan to reverse it. Ayurvedic texts have mentioned that body weight is inversely proportional to the strength of Dhatu Agni (tissue fire or metabolism). So whenever dhatu agni is underperforming, there will be more accumulation of unprocessed fatty tissue or glucose, which could be the reason for obesity or weight gain.


In another group of people, the reason for weight gain is simply due to having high jatharagni (gastric digestive fire), but low dhatu agni (body tissue fire). So in these cases, people tend to eat big meals (because of high hunger) but consumed food is not processed and metabolised properly (because of low tissue fire), leading to converting the big meals into adipose tissue and weight gain.


Ayurvedic Way to Lose Weight? 


To get details on ayurvedic ways to lose weight, one must understand how physical hunger can be increased in obese people.

The quality of Adipose tissue (meda dhatu) is the same as Kapha Dosha.


As like increases like, so whichever foods and lifestyle habits increase kapha dosha, will increase the adipose tissue in the body as well. That is why, when someone is consuming more of the above qualities of food, can suffer from obesity or weight gain issues. 

In future, if not treated, this increased amount of adipose tissue will start to block the body channels (Shrotas). Due to the same, agni is pushed from the peripheral to the centre of the body (from tissue to gastrointestinal tract), due to the involvement of vata dosha.

A temporary increase of central gastric Agni, will increase hunger and then overweight people will start to eat even more, but as tissue agni is low, that extra eaten food will not be processed and will make more adipose tissue.


Common Signs and Symptoms of Low Dhatu Agni (Tissue Digestive Fire) or Bmr Is:

  1. Tiredness
  2. Low stamina for physical activities
  3. Shortness of breath on exertion
  4. Excessive sweating, even after small physical exertion.
  5. Increase heaviness and sleep.
  6. Increase thirst 
  7. Water retention.

Causes of Increase Kapha Dosha or Weight and Obesity

  1. Eating more meat, deep fry food, chocolate, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt, soda drinks and alcohol.
  2. Lack of physical exercise.
  3. Prolonged sleeping
  4. Sleeping during the daytime.
  5. Sedentary lifestyle.
  6. More intake of refined carbohydrates.
  7. Loss of appetite (low metabolism)
  8. Lipo-toxicity 
  9. Tissue Indigestion
  10. Binge eating and Irregular food intakes


Other Causes of Weight Gain Are:


Not all weight gain is because of obesity. There might be other factors behind weight gain, such as:

1. Ongoing use of steroid medication- Steroids have qualities of heavy, slow, liquid, and gross which are similar to kapha. This makes a person retain more weight in the body due to steroid toxicity.

2. Unstable mental health- People suffering from stress, anxiety, depression or boredom tend to eat more emotionally and erratically to comfort their minds. These psychological factors increase emotional hunger. Gradually, people develop that habit and are unable to distinguish between real (physical) hunger with emotional hunger and eat unhealthy snacks to relieve anxiety.

3. Menopause stage- due to high Kapha and emotional factors.

4. Hereditary factor- based on economic, and cultural factors and different family backgrounds; eating patterns are influenced. 

5. Endocrine factors- can also be responsible for unwanted weight gain. Girls can be overweight at the stage of puberty, and women after pregnancy and during the menopausal stage. Endocrinal disorders like hypothyroid, Cushing’s syndrome etc. can be causes of obesity.

6. Secondary to diabetes, hypertension, liver, heart and lung disorders.

7. Individual behaviours (faulty routines of meal timing, food habits and lifestyle errors). Genetic abnormalities and environmental factors also play important role in weight gain. 

8. Increased energy (calories) intake and reduced energy output. Excessive energy is stored in fat cells, causing them to enlarge (hypertrophy) or multiply (hyperplasia) and leading to obesity.

9. Medication-induced weight gains, like anti-diabetics agents, anti-epileptics, psychotropics, mood stabilisers and antidepressants may cause weight gain.


Ayurvedic Weight Loss Treatment


A proper Ayurvedic consultation is a must, to rule out the exact reasons for obesity before Ayurvedic weight loss treatment can be started. In many cases, obesity could be just related to certain habits passed on from generation to generation. Like the mother insisting the child eat more, out of love feeling, and together everyone watching tv, having cold or soda water with meals. This needs to be fixed gradually to treat weight gain or obesity.


Another example is, people feel they have a good metabolism, as they are getting frequently hungry. But during a consultation, an expert Ayurvedic doctor can assess, that frequent hunger might be just emotional hunger to satisfy the mind or that food is just used as an antidepressant to escape from emotional problems like stress, and anxiety. So without addressing the above habits or without bringing emotional and spiritual balance, Ayurvedic treatment for weight gain or obesity can’t be done.


As I have discussed earlier that obesity or weight gain is primarily due to an increase in kapha and a low in agni (digestive fire) in the body system. So treatment of obesity in Ayurveda is focused on eliminating the food and the lifestyle which is causing an increase in Kapha dosha at the same time different ayurvedic herbs or ayurvedic therapies like udwartanam (herbal powder massage), panchakarma detox treatment is done to increase the digestive fire and cellular metabolism (meda agni) so that stored fat or glucose starts to dissolve.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Weight Loss


To answer this question best “What herbs help burn belly fat fast” or “What are the ayurvedic herbs for weight loss”, one needs to understand that there is no single blend of herbs to treat obesity for all. The Ayurvedic doctor chooses the right herbs based on the Ayurvedic pharmacology of herbs, which are dependent on taste and other physical-chemical properties for their action. 


The taste of herbs to treat obesity or belly fat should be Astringent (kashay), bitter (Tikta), and pungent (Katu). These three tastes reduce the Kapha.

Bitter tastes herbs are dry (Ruksha), cold (Sheeta), and light (Laghu) in properties. Due to these properties and bitter taste herbs like neem, (Azadirachta indica) and kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) could balance the skin of the body and dissolve liquid waste products (Alda), extra fat, mucus and cellulite.


Pungent tastes herbs like Ginger and long pepper (Piper longum) are bitter in taste, and light, dry and hot in properties. Due to these properties, these herbs can dissolve mucus of productive cough, and scrape the fatty tissues. 

Mint is astringent in taste and properties and can help scrape excessive mucous and greasy liquid away from the digestive system.


Properties (gunas) of herbs to treat obesity should be light (laugh), dry (ruksha), rough (khara), subtle (sukshma), sharp (tikshna guna), hot potency (ushna veerya), and pungent (katu vipak).

Herbs with light and easy-to-digest properties reduce kapha but increase vata and gastric fire (Agni). These also have scraping and clearing of the properties of the channel from fatty or adipose tissues. This brings lightness to the body.

The dry properties of herbs can absorb water to create hardness and dryness in the tissues. Dryness reduces kapha. The rough property of herbs increases the scraping of extra fat and vata and reduces digestive fatty or glucose substances.


Best Ayurvedic Herbs for Weight Loss 


Ayurvedic herbs, which can reduce the kapha dosha, but at the same time have anti-vata properties, are the best choice for weight loss treatment.


Ayurvedic herbs which can effectively increase fat and glucose metabolism are- 


1. Kutki- it helps to stimulate liver functions to enhance digestive and cellular metabolism, which helps to burn the adipose tissue. Also, kutki helps in emotional hunger, by suppressing the emotional factors.

 2. Chitrak- increases the agni

3. Shilajit

4. Turmeric- cleans the blood and stimulates the secretion of fatty acids.

5. Neem- It manages fat from the hematopoietic system.

6. Punarnava

7. Guggulu

8. Lashuna

9. Haritki

10. Mustak

11. Guduchi


Herbal Ayurvedic compounds for weight loss are:


1.Trikatu (ginger+black pepper+ long pepper), 

2. Chandraprabha (in obesity due to diabetes),

3. Triphala Guggulu

4.Punarnavadi guggulu

5. Varunadi Kashayam

6.Gugggulu tiktaka kashayam


Panchakarma Treatments for Weight Loss


Panchakarma treatment is quite important to stop the pathogenesis of weight gain and then eventually to reserve it. 

  1. Dry herbal powder massage.
  2. Complete panchakarma including Vamana (medicated vomiting) and virechena (medicated purgation)
  3. Herbal Enemas

To get more additional information on panchakarma treatment


Ayurvedic Remedies for Weight Loss 


Ayurveda's approach to preventing or reserving the pathogenesis of obesity is based on daily and seasonal routines, healthy food habits, yoga exercise, panchakarma detoxification, and herbal Ayurvedic medicines. Let's discuss in detail what are ayurvedic basics daily routine remedies for weight loss or obesity.

  1. To avoid kapha increasing diet and lifestyle
  2. Water intake should not be less or more than the normal requirement. A more than-required intake of water can also leads to lower Agni, which can lead to weight gain.
  3. Control the use of meat, refined sugar, salt, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, alcohol, soda etc.
  4. Can use more amaranth, corn, buckwheat, and millet.
  5. To focus more on fibres containing food like vegetables, fruits, grains, pulses etc.
  6. Bio purification (panchakarma treatment detox) at least once a year.
  7. Drinking warm water before and after meals.
  8. Managing bed and wake-up times. Early to bed and early to rise.
  9. Managing digestive disorders like, excessive gas, bloating, heart burns and constipation
  10. Regular self-massage with herbal powder.
  11. Regular meditation
  12. On time, balanced and right in quantity dietary intakes.
  13. Sensible fasting.
  14. Food should be a guru (heavy – to provide energy for a long time) but apatarpana (low in calories). ()
  15. Luke warm water with honey (having scraping quality), on an empty stomach is ideal.
  16. Try to be slow & mindful eating, without engaging in talking, watching tv or other multi-tasking.
  17. Stay on the table for 5-10 mins, even after finishing the meals.
  18. Not to overstuff with meals. One should eat only up to a satisfactory level, not up to a stuffing level.
  19. Avoid tamasic foods, like leftovers, highly processed, canned foods, fast food or food with preservatives and colourings.
  20. Do not eat on the run.
  21. Managing stress and anxiety. 

Yoga for Weight Loss and Obesity


Yoga will increase the digestive or cellular fire, and diminish the sympathetic overdrive to manage weight.

Below mentioned yoga posture and breathing exercises are good to lose weight.


1. Shitali pranayama – is known as cooling breath, is a type of breathing exercise that is effective to cool the body, the mind, and emotions. If due to excessive thirst, or gastric fire, someone is drinking more than needed water, then this shitali pranayama is good to do. This also regulates the thyroid functions and regulates metabolism.

2. Bhastrika (bellows)

3. Suryabhedi pranayama

4. Kapala Bhati

5. Halasna

6. Ushtrasana

7. Shavasna


Ayurvedic Weight Loss Medicine In Melbourne, Australia 


Ayurveda says everyone is unique concerning their Ayurveda body type, age, digestive fire, mental strengths, state of the disease, vitality etc. No two persons are alike, even twins have different hobbies and likings. So the diet, herbs and treatment plan, which agrees with one, may not agree with the other.


For the same reasons ayurvedic doctors always consider the fact that herbs differ concerning land, seasons, taste, potency, digestive ability and state of a person's disease. A more individualised approach is needed for treating weight gain and obesity. The treatment plan should consider spiritual, psychological, and physical balancing.


Read our other article on Weight loss with Ayurveda Medicine, To book your panchakarma treatment for weight loss with the best Ayurvedic clinic in Melbourne, book your appointment with an Ayurvedic doctor in Melbourne, Australia.


If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may choose to contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini in Melbourne. Both of our practitioners are Qualified Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic". People who can't reach us personally may choose online Ayurveda consultation.




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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More


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