Obesity is mostly seen as a modern lifestyle-induced ailment. But interestingly, Ayurveda has the most effective treatment for obesity, demonstrating how adaptive this ancient science is.

For Ayurveda, obesity is Medarog. It is also mentioned in the scriptures that Medarog is caused by the aggravation of Kapha, which is dense, heavy, slow, sticky, wet and cold in nature. Kapha provides the natural lubrication for the body system besides playing an active role in controlling weight and formation of all the seven tissues – nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.

Cause of Obesity

In a balanced ideal condition, Kapha is involved in providing nourishment to tissues. But once out of proportion, Kapha becomes the reason for increased toxin level in the body. Toxins, thus created are heavy and dense and they clog the weaker channels of the body.
The situation is more serious in the case of obese persons. In their bodies, the toxins accumulate in Medovahi Srotas (fat channels), thus causing a surge in the production of fat tissue (Meda Dhatu). These fat tissues are the main reason for persons putting on weight.

The Ayurveda Way

Ayurveda addresses the issue of obesity with the pacification of Kapha Dosha or malfunctioning of Kapha. Initially, this starts with the elimination of Kapha-aggravating foods from the diet. This is followed by cleansing of the Medovahi channels, using specially prepared medicines and herbs. This will eventually lead to excess weight being reduced.