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All You Need To Know About Anti-Obesity by Ayurveda


Obesity is a state in which an individual is considerably overweight, and an excessive amount of body fat has gathered under the chin and on the belly, buttocks, and/or thighs. Though it is not a serious case in itself, it may shorten the span of life, as well as create decreased efficiency and happiness.


From the Authentic  Ayurvedic point of view, the key cause is found in the lifestyle and diet choices that disturb balance. Ayurveda views weight imbalance and obesity as something that should be corrected before it can contribute to other health problem.
Ayurvedic word for digestion and metabolism is agni. Agni, when loosely interpreted, means fire. It actually signifies something much more than just fire and includes the idea of an accurate and powerful functioning intelligence. Agni has amazing transformative qualities. All the food we take in must be transformed into that which can be made useful by the body (nutrients) and that which is not required (waste). The nutrients, or most refined products of our agni, are used to create the body’s tissues (dhatus).


Hydrate with Water:

According to Ayurveda, warm water is a natural detoxifier. Warm water cleanup impurities as it travels through over-taxed digestive system, sweeping away molecules left behind from partly digested food that could be slowing down what nature planned to be an enviably swift metabolic rate. Replacing sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices with the clear warm water automatically reduces number of calories per day. Cold drinks cause the muscles and blood vessels in gastrointestinal tract to freeze and in turn vitiate digestive fire, which leads slumberous digestion. Warm water, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles and dilates the blood vessels. Dilation of blood vessels allows the digestion and absorption of the contents of the meal to occur more efficiently.

Sipping water during meal is ideal. It helps digestion, absorption and dhatu building. The rule of thumb is drink 1/4th of capacity of the stomach while eating. Drinking water before meal will dilute agni, which will hinder digestion and lead to weakness. Drinking water right after meal will increase Kapha, causing weight gain. Ideal time to drink water is right after waking up in the morning and one hour before and one hour after each meal.

Drink a cup of Hot water with a teaspoon Honey and 10 drops of lime juice added whenever feel hungry will be a good substitute for eating and will help to melt the fat.

Mindful Eating:

It is observed that people who eat quickly are three times more likely to be obese than those who take their time. While eating zoning out, watching TV, talking, driving and multi-tasking erode the digestive process and counteract the effort to lose weight. Mindful eating means it is about being conscious and present while eating. When food is eaten mindfully, the brain sees, tastes, smell and feels and sends signals to the stomach to release enzymes and juices to digest the food. According to Ayurveda, you are not what you eat but what you digest.

In order to lose weight and reach optimal level of agni it is important to avoid the following:

  • Avoid Overeating and/or eating heavy foods in large quantities
  • Avoid tamasic foods: Leftovers, processed, canned foods, fast or food with additives and colourings
  • Avoid ice cold water and drinks and cold foods
  • Quit drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Avoid cruciferous vegetables, fried foods and heavy foods
  • Do not talk or laugh while eating. Do not eat on the run or while watching TV

In order to be healthy and increase the digestive power (Agni) while losing weight, the following steps should be followed:

  • Vata – Vata reducing herbs, diet and lifestyle, complex carbohydrates (whole grains and starchy vegetables), avoidance of refined sugar, fewer hot spices and more sweet digestives like cardamom, coriander, brahmi, jatamanshi, and ashwagandha calm the mind. Guggul helps cleanse and warm the body.
  • Pitta – Pitta reducing foods, avoiding meat, fish oily, greasy, or fried foods, sugars, and desserts. Raw salads, green herbs, and chlorophyll, digestive bitters and bitter laxatives are the best foods to reduce weight loss  and counter sugar addiction. Herbs include aloe vera gel, katuka, and turmeric.
  • Kapha – Kapha reducing food, avoiding refined sugars, salt, dairy, sweet fruit, bread, pastry, meat, fish, fruit juices, cold liquids, and oils. Spice teas, vegetable juices, steamed vegetables, beans, and whole grains are good. Suggestion includes less sleep, no naps, and strong, aerobic exercise. Hot digestive herbs like black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and trikatu burn up the fat and raise the digestive fire. Bitter herbs, like katuka, triphala and guggul, reduce fat and dry water.
  • Eat fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat freshly cooked warm food. It will strengthen agni, digests food better, reduces excess Kapha and Vata.
  • Eat food, which has enough oil, and is moist enough (not fried). It tastes better helps agni, builds dhatus, and increases strength.
  • Do not eat food with wrong combination. E.g. Honey and Ghee when combined in equal quantities is poisonous. Mixing sour fruits and milk curdles the milk.
  • Eat only when you are hungry
  • Eat three meals a day and avoid snacking
  • Eat light meals for breakfast and dinner and heavy meal during lunch time, have early dinner between 6:00PM and 7:30PM.
  • Eat after previous food is digested
  • Eat with proper frame of mind – create pleasant environment
  • Eating sequence: First eat carbohydrates or sweet taste; next eat salty, sour, pungent and bitter foods. Finally eat astringent food.

Breathing and Pranayama:

Due to accelerated lifestyle many of us do shallow breathing. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing is beneficial. By simply observing the breath, we can be aware of what is happening inside. The more we become aware of breath, the disturbance, the negativity of the mind disappears and it becomes pure and peaceful. Bhasrika is a supreme Pranayama. It strengthens the heart and lungs, improves the digestion and calms the mind. Right Nostril breathing (surya bhedi) will also be helpful.


Certain gentle yoga asanas are helpful, including the Palm Tree pose, and the Triangle Pose. Also, while sitting on the floor, bend forward as far as you can, with the goal of eventually touching the head to the knees.

Panchakarma procedures remove toxins (ama) from the body & to normalize the Doshas – Vata, Pitha, Kapha.


Obesity is a common issue in India. It is mainly due to incorrect lifestyle, wrong diet pattern and lack of exercise. Above all, people do not have sense of self awareness. They are taken by external factors, by their senses and do not give importance for their existence in this universe. They don’t have mind, body and spiritual connection, and not even breathing right. Ayurvedic approach provides all the necessary tools to bring back health, harmony and peace in life. By adopting simple lifestyle and healthy eating habits anyone can enjoy the life optimally without much stress or expenses. Possible diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, and cholesterol can be prevented. So much healthcare dollars will be saved. There will be happy and healthy people in a wealthy country!!

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All you want to know about Diabetes

Diabetes is a worldwide public health threat. There are more than 194 million people with worldwide and that number could reach 333 million by 2025. However, there are simple steps that each of us can take to reduce developing diabetes.

In 2000, the five countries with the largest numbers of persons with diabetes in India (32.7 million), China (22.6 million), the United States (15.3 million), Pakistan (11 million) and Japan (7.1 million).

At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. In some countries this figure may rise to 80%.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in most developed countries.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in adults in developed countries.

Ayurveda Acharya Susruta (5th century B.C.) had described 20 different types of diabetes called as ‘Pramehas’. Prameha was meant to convey anomalies of urinary secretion. Diabetes in india has a long history since ancient time. The oldest reference of this disease dates back to more than 4500 years. The name of the disease found in ‘Devik yuga’ tells it has been known and treated by Indians long ago.


  1. FBS          -Pre Diabetic  90-110mg/dl Diabetic(Without medicines) > 120mg/dl
  2. P.P.B.S      -<120mg/dl is considered as Diabetes Mellitus
  3. HBA1C   -< 6 is  non-Diabetic, – >7 is Diabetic, >-6-7 is controlled Diabetic


  1. Excessive ingestion of food (Polyphagia)
  2. Excessive urination (Polyuria)
  3. Excessive thirst (Polydipsia)
  4. Recurrent abscess, boils, carbuncles or fungal infection.
  5. Emaciation.
  6. Delayed wound healing.
  7. Cataract appearing at an early age.
  8. Resistant pulmonary tuberculosis.
  9. Silent heart attack


Prameha is mentioned as one of the maharogas, the disease can be divided into stages as it has been classified into kaphaja, pittaja and vataja prameha.

In the first stage of prameha where there is excess production of kleda in the body due to accumulation of improperly formed kapha that is sent out of the body through urine. The treatment should be focused to reduse kapha using kaphahara drugs.

In the next stage where the vata is in predominance due to the emaciation of the dhathus and ends in weakness of organs. This when we can see the symtoms of neuropathy. Devolp the treatment should be mainly to reduce vata. In the first two stages we might treat kapha, pitha or both. But in the last stage since the damage caused to the dhatus is due to vatha, it must be treated first or it may be fatal.


Aims of Treatment.

  1. The ideal treatment for diabetes would allow the patient to lead a completely normal life, to remain not only symptom-free but in positive good health, to achieve a normal metabolic state, and an escape the complications associated with long-term diabetes.
  2. Patients should realise as early as possible that it is upon themselves that success or failure will depend. The doctor can only advise.
  3. As soon as the diagnosis is certain the patient should be told and instruction and treatment begun forthwith. The average patient suffers initially from an acute anxiety reaction for which explanation is the best remedy. Moreover understanding is likely to lead to better cooperation in treatment.
  4. Awareness of proper dietary restrictions and excercises are important in diabetes.

Type of treatments:

  1. Shamanachikitsa (Curative treatment or drug therapy)
  2. Shodhanachikitsa (Purificatory treatment or panchkarma)

Medicines to Manage and control diabetes

Diabet drinks
Dhanwantharam Thylam

**Note: Above medicines under doctor’s advice 

Shodhana( Purification therapy)

In strong patients, one should employ purificatory measures like administration of emetics, purgatives and enema. The purificatory therapies are selected depending on the dominant dosha, e.g. emetics in kaphaja, purgatives in pittaja and enema in vataja type of prameha.

Depending on the intensity of the dosha, mild, moderate or severe measures should be employed. In obese patients, emetics are contraindicated but purgative and enema may be given. Patients with prameha usually require large dose of purgatives.


Pizhichil | Dhara | Uzhichil | Podikizhi | Elakizhi | Chooma Uddvarthanam | Sneha Tharppanam | Anjanam | Palpuka| Thalam | Thalapothichil

Warning: All instructions and medicines should be taken only under strict medical supervision of doctors


This diet is as close to the normal diet as possible so as to meet the nutritional needs and the treatment of the individual patient. This diet is slightly low in carbohydrates, but adequate in other food prin¬ciples.

Foodstuffs Vegetarian Non-vegetarian
Cereal 200 250
Pulses 60 20
Green leafy vegetables 200 200
Other vegetables 200 200
Fruits 200 200
Milk(dairy) 400 200
Oil 20 20
Fish/ Chicken without skin 100


A diabetic diet should provide
Calories 1600
Protein 65 g
Fat 40 g and
Carbohydrates 245 g


Milk , curd, jaggery , sugar ,meats of animals from marshland , cereals that are less than a year old and recently distilled alcohol ,laziness ,excessive sleep, inactivity all this increase kapha in the body, which lead to prameha.

Two varieties of prameha are described:

  1. Sahaja (Generic)
  2. Apathyannimitaja(Irregularity in habits)

This type according to Sushruta occurs in individuals with family history of diabetes. As per the recent studies we know that more than 50% of the subjects who had both parents diabetic develop diabetes compared to less than 16% of those with no family history.

As per the body type, prameha patients are divided into two groups for the treatment as sthoola (obese and strong) and krsha (emaciated and weak).According to Charaka Samhita, prameha are 20 types, which have the common symptom as excess urination and turbidity of urine. According to the predominance of dosa,prameha is classified into kaphaja prameha(10 types),Pittja prameha(6 types) and Vataja prameha(4 types).

The result shows that the kaphaja prameha patients are similar to gestational diabetes, pittaja prameha prameha patients are similar to types 2 diabetes and vataja prameha patients are similar to type 1 diabetes.

1).Type I DM
2).Type II DM
3).Gestations DM
4).Drug Induced DM