Nowadays, obesity becomes an obstinate disease and many people in India as well as western world suffer from it. Ayurvedic treatment becomes a good answer to this lifestyle disorder. The common complaint of obese people is that they have tried hard to lose weight, but they again put on the same. Is it solution for this? Yes, ayurveda also has solution for this problem. You can maintain your body weight using some ayurvedic herbs and supplements. The simple herbal supplement is AMLA or Indian Gooseberry. It suits everyone and helps to reduce and maintain body weight. Indian gooseberry also provides nutritional benefits in addition to helping in weight loss.
Several studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to suffer from heart diseases and arthritis. In addition, they are also more likely to die early as compared to people with normal weight. Ayurveda can also help in these cases. Ayurvedic herbs used for losing weight also protect the obese people from heart diseases and arthritic disorders. Moreover, reducing weight can reduce the risk of heart diseases, arthritis and several other diseases linked with obesity. Ayurvedic medicine can help losing weight easily and prevent the weight gain in the future. For this, there is a need to rectify the fat metabolism in the body. Let us discuss about ayurvedic medicines and herbs.
Ayurvedic medicines for weight loss
The following ayurvedic medicines can help you losing weight fast.
Best Ayurvedic Herbs for weight loss
LEKHINAYA DRAVYAs (Anti obesity herbs) are described in CHARAKA SAMHITA. These herbs provide excellent results for shedding body fat fast. These include:
|Common Name||Botanical Name|
|Haridra (Turmeric)||Curcuma longa|
|Swetvacha or Hemvati (oris root)||Iris ensata Thunb|
Above herbs are generally used in ayurvedic formulations for obesity.
Best Ayurvedic herbal fat burner formula
The following formula of ayurvedic herbs also has excellent results in weight loss.
|Amla (Indian Gooseberry)||500 mg|
|Nagarmotha (nut grass)||500 mg|
|Turmeric Powder||500 mg|
|Vacha (Acorus calamus)||500 mg|
|Black pepper||125 mg|
|Long pepper||125 mg|
You can also use herbal extracts prepared from above herbs. This formulation is effective in all people.
Sometimes, people with obesity are also combating PITTA symptoms or diseases. These symptoms include burning sensation, acidity, heartburn, sour throat, sour or bitter taste of mouth, vertigo etc. For these patients following formulation is recommended.
|Amla (Indian Gooseberry)||1 gram|
|Nagarmotha (nut grass)||500 mg|
|Turmeric Powder||500 mg|
Ayurvedic Classical Medicines for Obesity
The following classical ayurvedic medicines help in losing weight.
However, Loha bhasma is used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia because it contains iron as a main ingredient. It is a calcined Iron Ash.
Loha bhasma is also beneficial in reducing weight. It has fat burner effects in the body. It is more beneficial in abdominal obesity.
|Loha bhasma||125 mg|
This can be given three times a day.
In some patient, stool becomes black. It occurs due to iron content of Loha Bhasma.
Read More: Lauh Bhasma Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Shilajeet (asphaltum) is a nutritional tonic in ayurveda. It is also LEKHINYA (fat burner), but the action is not as potent as of CHARAKA LEKHINYA GHANA herbs described above.
It helps to remove the belly fat and might improve metabolism. It can be used as weight loss supplement.
Read More: Shilajit Benefits
The main action of Arogyavardhini vati is to improve metabolism and correct liver functions. It is the best ayurvedic medicines for abdominal diseases, liver ailments and obesity.
In obesity, it assists other medicines by improving the action of them. In addition, it also supports to correct the fat metabolism.
According to ayurveda, there are seven DHATUS, one of them is MEDA DHATU (Fatty tissue, fat and elementary fat). When MEDA AGNI impairs, fat starts accumulating and bones start becoming weak. Here arogyavardhini vati is a drug of choice to correct this problem.
Varanadi Kashayam increases metabolic rate and burns fat fast than any other remedies. However, it is more suitable for people with fatty liver, high cholesterol, breathing trouble due to excess KAPHA and KAPHA PRAKIRTI. It is not suitable for people with mouth ulcer, ulceration, inflammatory disease, burning urination, heat sensation in hands or feet and acidity.
Medohar Guggulu is found to be effective for reducing belly fat and hip fat. It speeds up fat burning by increasing metabolic rate and rectifying the fat metabolism in the body. It has following effects in the body.
- It increases metabolism of lipids.
- Natural cellular death of fat cells takes place after taking it.
- It may also inhibit new fat cells growth and production.
- It also stimulates thyroid gland functions and boosts metabolism in the body.
|Ayurvedic Remedies||Dosage (twice a day)|
|Medohar Guggulu||500 mg to 1000 mg|
|Vrikshamla (Garcinia Cambogia)||250 mg to 500 mg|
|Triphala powder||3 grams|
This herbal combination can speed up burning of the fats.
Read More: Medohar Guggulu
However, Amritadi Guggulu helps in acidity, gout, skin diseases, hemorrhoids and liver disorders, but it is also used for weight loss. All ingredients in Amritadi Guggulu have potency to burn fat and improve metabolism in the body.
|Amritadi Guggulu||1 gram|
|Warm water||1 glass|
Take a glass of water, add 1 tsp. honey, and mix well. Take Amritadi Guggulu with this honey water.
Read More: Amritadi Guggulu
I consider Amritadi guggul is best for obesity, as it has all ingredients that present in Triphala guggul, but many people are commonly using triphala guggul for obesity.
The anti-diabetic action of triphala and guggul makes the triphala guggul eligible for weight loss, but in amritadi guggul, Tinospora cordifolia, black pepper, and long pepper are additional support for boosting fat burner action and rectifying fat metabolism.
Read More: Triphala Guggulu
Trayushnadi louh is best medicine that can burn fat. It reduces KAPHA in the body. It is best for people having any skin diseases along with obesity. It also reduces bad body odor in obese people.
Maha Yograj Guggulu
Maha yograj guggulu or yogaraj guggul is advised when patient also suffer from arthritic problems. Its ingredients also help shedding fat in addition to support in arthritis. Obese patients with joint pain and bad body odor can get benefits from Maha yograj guggulu. It also acts as arogyavardhini vati in obesity.
Read More: Maha Yograj Guggulu
Asava Arishta for Weight Loss
Some Asava Arishta preparations are also good ayurvedic medicines for weight loss. These includes:
Mustakarishta promotes fat burning and reduces weight. However, it also stimulates appetite, but it also acts on fat digestion and fat metabolism. It induces fat burning, which ultimately helps to lose weight. Because it also increases appetite, so people taking Mustakarishta or similar ayurvedic medicines for weight loss should also increase intake of salad, fruits, and raw vegetables.
Read More: Mustakarishta Benefits, Uses, and Dosage
Dhatryasava is Amla based formulation. It is the best ayurvedic medicine for losing weight if the patient has Pitta Body Type. Some people cannot tolerate some potent anti-obesity medicines. They suffer from excess heat in the body or heartburn, acidity, and burning sensation. For these people, Dhatryasava is the safest medicine for promoting weight loss.
Read More: Dhatryasava Benefits, Uses, and Dosage
Simple ayurvedic remedies for weight loss
The following home remedies are simple to use and help losing weight fast.
Taking 3 to 5 grams radish seed powder helps shedding belly fat and reducing weight.
- Take 3 grams radish seed powder and a teaspoon honey.
- Mix seed powder with honey to make paste. Lick this paste twice a day and drink warm lemon water after eating.
Take radish seed powder for at least 2 months for better results.
Triphala & Giloy
|Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)||500 mg|
|Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)||500 mg|
|Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)||500 mg|
|Giloy (tinospora cordifolia)||1500 mg|
Take powder of all ingredients and mix them well. Taking this mixture with warm water helps in obesity.
Preventive ayurvedic medicine for weight loss
- Taking triphala and giloy powder or giloy sat daily prevent the regain of weight.
- Taking black and white pepper in diet also prevents regaining weight.
- Taking turmeric powder mixed with black pepper with warm water stops gaining weight.
- Overweight, Obesity and Mortality
- Charaka Samhita (Agnivesh tantra), Sutra Sansthana
- P.V. Sharma (2005). Dravyaguna Vijnana: Vol. 1 (Basic Concepts)