Atisthoulya (Obesity) concept according to Ayurveda

Atisthoulya (Obesity) concept according to Ayurveda

When Mamsa (muscle tissue) and meda (fat/adipose tissue) grow excessively in the body, they lead to obesity. This is a result of agnimadya (slow metabolism) at the dhatu (organ system) level resulting in Kapha vriddhi. Associated vaatkapha vriddhi is also there at times there.

According to Charak Samhita, obese people and thin people suffer with one after other disease regularly.

Day time sleep Lack of exercise
Genetic factors Lack of sexual activity
Those who are self-contended Excessive intake of food (Frequent nourishing meals)
Those who are reckless and don’t take any sort of stress also Excessive intake of kapha increasing food (high calorie food that is slow to digest)
Symptoms & complications-
Weakness Excessive thirst
Foul body odour Excessive hunger
Excessive sweating Decrease in quality of life
Decrease in body stamina Body fats are in disproportion
Body sensitivity alongwith low resistance power Heavy weightleading to lack of energy, zeal & zest & dullness
Increase in mass of Hip region (including thighs), breast and abdomen Increase in Meda or Adipose tissue leads to slow digestive fire at other progressive levels of Channels


Ayurveda line of treatment for obesity- If BMI of the patient is greater than 35 (moderate obesity) or 40 (severe obesity), following treatment steps may be taken-

Shodhan Chikitsa (purification done by Panchkarma)- Panchkarma therapies are carried out depending on 4 major criterias-

  1. bahudosh (multiple doshas/ humors are involved)
  2. chronicity of the disease
  3. bahubal (more strength of the disease and patient can tolerate the procedures well)
  4. Upadrav (Complications of obesity and other diseases are also present)
  5. Affordability by the patient

Ruksha udvartana (dry powder massage externally) and vaman (medicated emesis), virechan (medicated purgation) and vasti with ruksha, ushna & tikta dravyas (medicated enema) basti .

Shaman Chikitsa- Treatment is done with Ayurvedic medicines & herbs including home remedies. Shaman chikitsa for obesity is ideal for-

  • New onset disease
  • Multiple doshas are not involved
  • Alpbal of doshas
  • Upadrav (complications of the disease are not present or not chronic & severe)

Single herbs used in obesity- Chirbilva, Arjun, Hemwati, Shatavari, Punarnava, Sunthi, maricha, Pippali, Yava, Dasamool, guggul, Rason,Vidang, palash, chitrak, Mustak, Amla, harad, bahera, Daalchini, green coriander, pattharchur (acorus calamus)

Ayurvedic Medicines helpful in reducing weight

Guggul – Kachnar guggul, Vyoshadi guggul, Ashtavinshati guggul, Navak guggul or Medohar guggul, Amritadi guggul, Mahayograj guggul, Ashwagandhadi guggul, Triphla guggul, Punarnavadi guggul

Ras- Arogyawardhini vati, Luxmivilas ras, chosath pahari peepal

Best anupan – Shodhit shilajeet, Gomutra, Gomutra ark, honey, lemon, warm (not hot) water

Powder – Triphla, Trikatu, Sunthi, Daalchini, navkarshik churna, Gomutra kshar churna, pippali

Ark – Medohar ark, gulmahar ark, Gomutra ark

Vati – Shilasindoor vati, Navayas tablet, chandraprabha vati, Dasamool kashayam tablet, Dasamool katutrayadi kashayam, chitrakadi vati

Lauh – Medohar vidangadi lauh, Navayas lauh, Mandoor vatakam, Punarnava mandoor, Tryushanadya lauh, Varunadi lauh

Aasav – arisht – Ayaskriti, Punarnavasav, Punarnavarisht, Dashmoolarisht

Bhasm – Nag bhasm, Yasad bhasm, Trivang bhasm, Abhrak bhasm, shilasindoror ( kupipakva rasayan), teekshna loh bhasm, Tamra bhasm

Kashayam – Punarnavadi kashayam, Dasamool kashayam, Mahamanjisthadi kashayam

Avelah & Pak – Dasmool haritaki, Kansa haritaki, Soubhagya sunthi pak

Kshar – Palash kshar, Kalayanak kshar, bhunimba kshar

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