Obesity & Ayurvedic Home Remedies

How to overcome  Obesity , has become a major problem today. We cannot ignore the problem of obesity as it leads to many diseases like high blood pressure, knee joint pain, heart problems etc. Everyone wants to remain slim and it is important to know that  how one can burn the fat naturally.

Overweight /  obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths.

The severity of the obesity can be quantified  using the BMI. For  women – if the waist circumference of > 88cm   and For  Men – if the waist circumference of > 102cm,it means that the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular complications of Obesity is on higher side.


Causes :

Overeating, lack of physical exercise, excessive intake of alcohol, Leptin deficiency ( Leptin is a hormone (A hormone produced mainly by adipocytes (fat cells) that is involved in the regulation of body fat. Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger),excessive eating of junk food ,excessive intake of high calorie/fat/sugar rich diet, genetic Recent research shows that in some cases, certain genetic factors may cause the changes in appetite and fat metabolism  which give rise  to obesity.

Weight depends upon the calorie intake and energy expenditure . If  a person eats more calories than he/ she burns , then he/she will gains the weight. If a person eats less calories than he/she burns  ,then he / she will loose the weight.

Susceptibility to obesity and its adverse consequences undoubtedly varies between individuals.

Potentially reversible causes of weight gain  :

Hypothyroidism,Cushing’s syndrome, Hypothalamic tumors or injury, insulinoma,


Drug Treatment :

Tricyclic antidepressants, Corticosteroids, β blockers, Oestrogen containing contraceptive pill.

Severity of obesity can be quantified  using the BMI.


Reference : Davidson’s Principles and Practice Of Medicine.


Complications of Obesity :

Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Sleep apnoea, Osteoarthritis,Vericose Veins,Polycystic ovary syndrome, depression,Gallstones,Skin infections


Herbs to treat Obesity    

  • Alfalfa, Con silk, Dandelion, Gravel root, Horsetail, Hydrangea, Hyssop, Juniper berries, Oat straw, Parsley, Seawrack, Thyme, Uva ursi, and Yarrow can be used in tea form, for their diuretic properties.
  • Triphala: Triphala has been studied for antioxidant, anti-diabetic, and anti-obesity effects.  Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) is effective for the reduction of cardiac problems, Diabetes and Oxidative stress. This plant also shows significant anti-hyperlipidemic, hypolipidemic, and anti-atherogenic Effects and also shows significant reduction in Triglycerides, Free fatty acids and total Cholesterol. It maintains good lipid profiling in experimental animals. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is a lipid-lowering agent. Bibhitaki  (Terminalia bellerica)shows mechanisms which probably involve suppression of the absorption of meal-derived lipids mediated by gallic acid.
  • .Ref   :Dr. Supriya Bhalerao.Scientist (Obesity Programme) Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA). Megha  Salunke.Ph.D. Student. Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA).
  • Dandelion helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates faster.
  • Curry leaves help to increase the rate of metabolism which in turn helps in burning extra facts.
  • The herb Alfalfa, can be used to reduce fat, as it acts as a diuretic and can help to enhance the rate of digestion.
  • Bitter Orange Synephrine, is the alkaloid of bitter orange. It is a primary active alkaloid. It is useful to stimulate the adrenal gland and is useful to burn fat.
  • Recent studies show that Garcinia cambogia melts fat. It contains a chemical called Hydroxycitic acid (HCA), similar to the citric acid present in lemon and limes.
  • Indian Bedalium ( Guggulu)– In Ayurveda it is mentioned that Guggulu (Commiphor mukul) has a karshan property. Hence it helps to reduce the fat


Natural Home Remedies

  • Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea every day. Studies published in the American journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consume 5 cups of green tea daily burn an average of 5% more fat than people who do not drink any green tea at all.
  • Vitamin C is useful to burn fat.
  • Eat  fruits like lemon, bitter orange, tomatoes and sweet lime.
  • Eat Almond, Avocados, Sunflower seed, Pumpkin seed, Flax seed, and Olive Oil.
  • Take lime juice with honey daily.
  • Cardamom is advisable. It is known as a  thermogenic. It helps to burn fat.
  • Include Broccoli, Carrots, Beans, and Sweet Potatoes in your daily diet.
  • Eat one apple daily. The enzyme, pectin, present in it can help to reduce the absorption of fats through the cells.
  • Garlic (Allium sativum) should be used while cooking food. It contains Allicin which helps to reduce cholesterol and is,therefore useful to treat  oesity.
  • Jawar, Ragi are advisable.
  • Include salads, beans, and dry cereals in the diet.
  • For breakfast, take a high fiber diet, preferably cereals with skimmed milk and fruits.
  • Drink Ginger (Zingiber officinale) tea as it helps to burn fat.
  • For breakfast, take a high fiber diet, preferably cereals with skimmed milk and fruits.
  • Drink Ginger (Zingiber officinale) tea as it helps to burn fat.
  • Add one teaspoon of Triphala( Combination of Chebulic Myrobalan, Belliric Myrobalan, Indian gooseberry) Powder in a cup of water. Boil it till it becomes half and take it with honey.


Ayurvedic  Medicine