Obesity Treatment In Ayurveda

Obesity Treatment In Ayurveda
Obesity Treatment In Ayurveda

Obesity Treatment In Ayurveda

Obesity Treatment In Ayurveda: According to Ayurveda, obesity is linked to both Kapha and Vata doshas, being more common in people of Kapha constitution. Kapha dosha, when aggravated, produces weight gain with ease. Vata dosha alone does not produce weight gain, but it leads to anxiety, and it leads to nutritional excesses.  

Have you noticed how many obese people get anxious, or ended up gaining so much weight because they are already anxious? Eating without being hungry, for anxiety, often to fill emotional voids, and "relieve stress".

Treating this side of emotional voids or hidden malnutrition is essential for regulating Vata and having weight control. Many colleagues in the health area prescribe restrictive diets, sometimes well accounted for, but forgetting that emotional part, which is essential for adherence to treatment. It turns out that too restrictive diets aggravate Vata; this will make you much more anxious, to the point that one day you will no longer be able to follow the diet.

For Ayurveda, obesity is not a serious disorder in itself, but it shortens the life span, increases the predisposition to various diseases (today we know the relationship it has with diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, cancer and low libido) and reduces happiness.

The causes are related to eating a lot, sitting a long time and doing a few activities in life in general. A high digestive fire ( agni ) is combined with a weak agni of the tissues (metabolic weakness).
Charaka, almost three thousand years ago, already pointed out that it was easier to help a malnourished person medically than an obese person. Charaka, almost three thousand years ago, already pointed out that it was easier to help a malnourished person medically than an obese person.

If the obesity issue is analyzed in more detail, it can be seen how the Ayurvedic concept that indicates that "food is everything that enters through the senses" acquires practical importance. Daily clinical practice shows that many obese people are emotionally "malnourished" or suffer from a stimulus deficit in ways other than taste.

Ayurvedic medicine considers that weight variations can be present in all three body types, due to inadequate diet, low digestive Agni, or insufficient cellular metabolism. In general, obesity and overweight are considered Kapha- type disorders, since the heavy qualities of the elements that constitute it are manifested.

However, this can also be found in Pitta body type individuals with low digestive agni , causing ingested food to not be processed properly and leading to weight gain. In individuals with a vata constitution, the problem is generally weight loss, although they may become overweight or obese when they eat excessively sweet foods in an attempt to calm their body imbalance.

Below we detail some other characteristics of the different forms and types of overweight, according to the constitutional type of each individual.

Vata obesity

Variable appetite, they gain and lose weight rapidly with very important and marked fluctuations.
They eat a lot in situations of anxiety and worry.
They consume high amounts of carbohydrates. Beware of those who have a vata but physical Kapha mental constitution, as they have a natural predisposition to mental arousal and weight gain.
For treatment, it is important to make an order and the food routine.

 Pitta obesity

  • They have a metabolic intensity and good digestive agni.
  • They have a high appetite with excellent digestion.
  • They eat a lot in situations of anger and irritability.
  • One of the pillars of the treatment is to stimulate body awareness.

 Kapha obesity

  • They have a constant appetite but slow digestive.
  • They have metabolic slowness.
  • They usually have sustained and progressive weight gain.
  • They eat under conditions of attachment, anguish, stress, melancholy, sentimentality, etc., since they use it as emotional support.
  • In the treatment, they need a lot of stimulation, a diet program and important aerobic exercise.

People with a Kapha constitution are more likely to become obese due to:

  • Continuous appetite overweight from excess water and fat.
  • The tendency to eat to relieve emotional tension.
  • Taste for cooking and eating.
  • The tendency to hypometabolic disorders.
  • The weak function of the kidneys and pancreas.
  • Physical examination shows that they have a loose body, pale, clammy skin, increased saliva, and sometimes lipomas.

What is the definitive solution to these problems? Does Ayurveda have any "magic remedy" for weight loss?


Well, yes and no. Ayurveda does have some very good medicines to control weight or the aggravation of these doshas. But I already say that nothing, no medicine, be it Ayurvedic or Western, will solve your problem without a proper diet and life routine, or without rebalancing the metabolic problems and emotions that led to this point. When I say adequate, I mean individualized, adapted to you, your body, your routine and your problems.

Some causes of obesity:


  • Anxiety or depression, leading to trying to compensate for the emotional side with overeating
  • Inadequate diet and lifestyle, using low-nutritious, high-calorie foods (junk food, pasta, soft drinks, etc. etc.). The body will accumulate fat and continue “asking” for proper nutrition, prompting impulses to eat more and more.
  • Indigestion, which will lead to nutritional deficiencies and fat accumulation.
  • Allergenic or inflammatory foods, which cause chronic inflammation, making fat burning difficult.
  • Bad sleep, which will increase stress, causing the desire to eat to “compensate” the emotional.
  • Dysbiosis - imbalances in the intestinal flora, leading to worsening of Vata.
  • Sedentary lifestyle, especially in Kapha types.
  • Excess insulin.
  • Diabetes.
  • Excess estrogen, which in addition to getting fat, can cause cancer, thyroid problems, circulatory problems and many others.
  • Hypothyroidism, which leads to inefficient metabolism
  • Ama, the toxins generated by improper feeding and poor digestion (this is one of the focuses of Ayurveda), and environmental toxins (pesticides, chemical additives, etc.)
  • Stress, which in addition to causing the accumulation of fat in the body by increasing cortisol, causes the desire to eat "to calm down".


What is Ayurveda?


 General suggestions

1. Monitor feeding:
  • Generally speaking, the balancing Kapha diet should be followed.
  • Avoid cold drinks, fried foods and dairy.
  • Avoid red meat.
  • If you prefer meat, eat a meal with chicken or fish once a week.
  • Include salads with legumes.
  • Drink hot water or ginger, cardamom, or mint tea.
  • Fasting with herbal teas instead of sweet juices.

2. Eat the main meal early in the day and, in the case of dinner, it should be very light.
3. Check hunger before eating (drink an infusion of chamomile or mint tea, appreciating the possible effect of satiety).
4. Drink hot honey water (one cup of water, one tablespoon of honey tea, and ten drops of lime juice).
5. Use hot spices (cumin, cardamom, coriander, fennel, ginger and cinnamon).
6. Eat the right snacks: raisins (mild laxative) and pieces of carrot or celery.
7. Eat light: it helps to eat light cookies and rye or millet grains or cereals.
8. Try Bananas: A ripe, crushed banana mixed with a tablespoon of ghee tea and a pinch of cardamom helps to calm the food compulsion caused by certain emotional disturbances.
9. Avoid indigestion: toast a tablespoon of coriander seeds and another of fennel without oil, adding a pinch of salt. Chill and eat to avoid indigestion.
10. Moderate eating: listen to soft music and chew many times.
11. When eating with skinny people, don't compare yourself to them.
12. Avoid cold drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco: they inappropriately stimulate the digestive fire and cause hunger.
13. Perform an adequate amount of exercise: half-hour walks, sports such as jogging or swimming, and / or practices with 2 kg weights, to increase muscle calorie expenditure.
14. Meditate and breathe: repeat the so-ham mantra for ten or fifteen minutes , use shitali pranayama , take twelve deep breaths and then drink a glass of hot water.
15. Exhale fat through the practice of pranayama exercises: bhastrika pranayama and Surya pranayama (right nasal breathing).
16. Avoid naps and decrease the use of television.
17. Express feelings, otherwise they stagnate in the solar plexus.
18. Practice yoga and especially the following asanas : camel, cobra, moon salutation and spinal twist.
19. Perform a herbal treatment: herbal teas are combinations of herbs whose purpose is to generate synergistic behaviour to balance the dosha. All are used to stimulate metabolism and digestive agni .
  • Vata: Gotu kola can be used as a base infusion, combined with cardamom, cumin, nutmeg, and fresh ginger.
  • Pitta: mint or chamomile can be used as a base infusion, combined with cardamom, cumin and fresh ginger and fennel.
  • Kapha: Bitter and spicy herbs such as fresh ginger, black pepper and cloves can be used.

If you want to lose weight, each of these causes has to be addressed. There is no shortcut, and it is certainly not a "black stripe" that will handle all of this. Bariatric surgery, in addition to having low efficiency, is something very radical and brings side effects such as malnutrition forever. 
Obesity is a symptom that something is wrong, but it will also be the cause of a number of other complications if not corrected.

It is not as difficult as it looks! And yes, everyone can lose weight and stay healthy. There is no need to "go hungry". Just wanting to do it for real. It takes discipline and good guidance, and the results appear. Not only the results on the scale, but also in general well-being; they all come together. Balanced mind, balanced body, balanced emotions.