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Weight Loss with Ayurveda

Author : Gurnam Saini  
Weight Loss Treatment in Melbourne
Weight Loss Treatment in Melbourne

Ayurvedic Medicine for Weight Loss


As per the figures released by WHO, there are over 300 million obese or overweight adults all over the world. Today, obesity has become a chronic disease today. Not only this, the cases of childhood obesity being reported are also increasing at an alarming rate.


Cause of Obesity or Weight Gain 


The main causes of Obesity are attributed to the lack of physical activity and the intake of foods rich in saturated fats and sugars. What’s more alarming news for obese people is that become more susceptible to high blood pressure, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease (heart attacks), cerebro – vascular disease (stroke), gout, gallstones, colon cancer, sleep apnea, non alcoholic fatty liver disease, arthritisanxiety, depression, etc.


In ayurvedic texts, the cause of obesity is attributed to genetic and environmental factors. As far as environmental factors are concerned, diet plays an important role. Medha Dhatu (Fatty Tissue) is an element that causes obesity. When a diet rich in medha dhatu is consumed, it alters the fat metabolism in the body, & causes obesity. Some food items which cause increased production of Medha Dhatu include yogurt and other milk products, fatty foods, etc.


Herbal and Natural Weight Loss Program in Ayurveda


The ayurvedic treatment includes the Langhana Therapy as the herbal weight loss program in Melbourne, which means body needs the therapies or herbal powder which reduce the body mass index. Reducing body mass index and decreasing excess fats from the body is called Langhana Therapy in ayurveda.


It helps include body detoxifications with anti-obesity herbs, improving body fat metabolism using specific ayurvedic medicines, maintaining natural mechanism of fat metabolism to prevent weight gain in the future.


A research paper presented by C. V. Chandrasekaran et al mentions that Ayurveda’s priority is to preserve and promote health and also to provide treatment for various diseases. Obesity or Medoroga is one of the eight unwanted constitutions in the body. Natural products which are a concoction of herbs like Babbula (Acacia arabica), Guggulu (Commiphora myrrha), Jeeraka (Cumin cyminum), Chitraka (Plumbago europaea), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) and many others have been used traditionally in Ayurveda for weight management. These products under clinical trials have also shown an effect in weight reduction and lipid levels, decrease in waist and hip circumference and BMI in all subjects that were tested.


Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies and Natural Medicine used tradionally For Weight Loss


There are many varieties of herbs that may help in fighting obesity along with diet and lifestyle modification. Some of these herbs used since ancient times include Babbula (Acacia catechu), Narikela (Cocos nucifera), Guggulu (Commiphora myrrha), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Chitraka (Plumbago europaea), black pepper, etc.



Babbula (Acacia arabika)


Babula is used in ayurvedic medicines to reduce the kapha humor. Excess kapha is a cause behind the obesity. Babula has astringent action and reduces fats, so it is beneficial for lowering the body weight.


Kadamba (Anthocephalus cadamba)


Kadam barks is bitter, acrid, astringent and anti-inflammatory. It is used in reducing inflammation, improving digestion, removing gas from the intestines and as a tonic. It also helsp to reduce fats and prevents arthritic problems.


Guggulu (Commiphora wightii)


Guggulu is a gun resin of the commiphora mukul tree. It is used for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory diseases. It is also helpful in obesity because of the presence of guggulipids. These alkaloids help in reducing body weight and improves metabolism in the body.


Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum)


Jeeraka improves taste, digestion, and body strength and food absorption. It is used for the treatment of diarrhea, indigestion, malabsorption syndrome, fever, acidity, gas, low eyesight, recurrent infections, etc. It also works well in the obesity. The main reason behind the beneficial effects of the jeeraka in obesity is its property to metabolize and burn the fats properly, so it prevents fat accumulation in the body and helpful in averting regain of the body weight.


Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)


Chitraka is acrid, hot, anti-cholesterol, appetizer and digestive in nature. Due to these properties, it is useful in malabsorption syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis, piles, skin diseases and obesity.


Black pepper (Piper nigrum)


Black pepper is also used as culinary herbs in Indian kitchen. It has properties such as appetizer, digestive, carminative and anti-obesity. The black pepper helps in respiratory diseases, common cold, indigestion, muscular, strains, diarrhea, constipation and obesity. It helps to burn off the fats from the body, thus it helps in shedding off the excess fats.


Natural Weight Loss or Obesity Remedies in Ayurveda


The following ayurvedic natural thearpies are used by Ayurvedic doctors of Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic at Melbourne to help reduce excess weight.


Udwartana (Herbal powder Massage)


Udwartana is also referred to as an herbal powder massage, it helps to burn fat. This full body massage is performed using a combination of traditional herbal powder and herbal oils. To be effective, the herbal powder mix has to be deeply massaged into the skin with specific movements. It aim to redcuing cellulite and toning the muscles.


Herbal Steam Bath


Herbal steam bath has also been used traditionally as an effective weight loss treatment in Ayurveda. It also helps in balancing the Vata and Kapha Dosha. In this process, the body is enclosed in a chamber and exposed to steam produced from ayurvedic medicinal herbs.


Virechana (Medical Purgation)


It is also known as medicated purgation, the individual is fed a concoction of herbal purgatives which helps in cleansing the body. This therapy is strictly done under the close supervision of an ayurvedic doctor. Please do not try this without consultation.


Basti  or Vasthi (Medicated Enema)


It is also known as medicated enema, this treatment helps in cleansing the lower alimentary canal. It also helps in clearing the ayurvedic srothas and channels in the body, aiming the body to properly absorb impoertant nutrients.



Yoga For Weight Loss 


Yoga practice helps in obesity by lowering fat deposition in the body and improving metabolism to burn the accumulated fats. In addition to this, yoga helps to reduce emotional eating, stress and anxiety related to the obesity by having better control on senses. Regular practice can also prevent the obese people from obesity complication such as heart diseases, joint disorders and elevated lipid profile etc.


The helpful yoga poses include Tadasana (Triangle Pose), Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose), Uttanpadasana (leg raised pose), Bhujang Asana (Cobra Pose), Sarp Asana (Snake Pose), Shalabh Asana (Grasshopper Pose), Markatasana (Monkey pose) and Vajra Asana (Diamond Pose). 



Weight Loss Diet Plan


  • Ayurveda Experts recommend eating only three times a day & snacking should be avoided where possible.
  • A heavy meal should be reserved for lunch time, while the breakfast and dinner meals should be kept light.
  • Eat only when you are hungry and only after the previous meal has been properly digested.
  • A sedentary lifestyle should be avoided. Indulge in physical activities like jogging, swimming, brisk walking, etc. on a regular basis.
  • Emotional eating can be dangerous and harmful.
  • Avoid foods that are rich in sugar and saturated fats as these eventually lead to obesity.
  • Practice yoga and exercise on a regular basis.
  • Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and green vegetables.
  • Follow a diet plan suited to your body type.


Contact the highly experienced and qualified Ayurveda doctors at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic in Melbourne, Australia to determine the natural weight loss treatment for yourself.



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1.    C. V. Chandrasekaran et al.: Review Article: Herbal Approach for Obesity Management. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 2012, 3, 1003-1014. doi:10.4236/ajps.2012.327119

Published Online July 2012 (https://www.SciRP.org/journal/ajps)



2.    Dr. Mariam Arsiwala et al.: Unveiling the Approach of Obesity in Ayurveda. International Ayurvedic medical Journal {online} 2016 {cited 2016 July}




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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