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Obesity - Medoroga

Obesity is a condition in which individual is significantly overweight. Excessive bodyfat is accumulated on the belly, buttocks, breasts and thighs. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When an adult is more than 100 pounds overweight, it is considered morbid obesity.

In ayurveda, Charak Samhita describes eight different types of bodies that are disease prone. Out of these, the obese body is described as ‘Medoroga’ the one afflicted with the most diseases and troubles. Obesity is the condition or physical state of the body when excessive deposition of fat takes place in the adipose tissue.
Extra fat puts a strain on the heart, kidneys, liver and the joints such as the hips, knees and ankles and thus, overweight people are susceptible to several diseases like coronary thrombosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, liver and gall bladder disorders. Chief cause of obesity is overeating, irregular eating habits and not following the rules of eating or mixing non-compatible food items in one meal.

Common causes

  • Consumption of more food (specially heavy, sweet, cooling food) than the body can use
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic Factors
  • Some diseases like, Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, depression and certain neurological problems

Pathogenesis/ How the disease is created: - (in Ayurvedic Principles)

Body is made of 7- Dhatus {Rasa (Lymph), Rakta (Blood), Maans (Muscle), Meda( Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (Nervous System) Shukra (Reproductive System)}. But in Obese fellow Meda is excessively nourished and remaining other Dhatus get malnourished. Kapha gets accumulated in between. Roll of medicines with dietary correction is to remove obstructed Kapha and let all Dhatus nourish equally. When Kapha increases in abnormal fashion, Fat metabolism gets hampered and person becomes Obese.

Important points for loosing weight:

  • Controlling eating habits
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoiding excess consumption of alcohol
  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle

Herbs which is useful :

Guggulu (Commiphora mukul):

Guggulu is the yellowish resin (or gum) that is produced by the mukul Commiphora mukul treeand has been used to treat arthritis, water retention, rheumatism and mainly for obesity in addition to use in lowering cholesterol. Intake of Guggulu derivatives regularly for three months results in four times the weight loss. This herb also possesses effective purifying and rejuvenating abilities, which have been used in Ayurvedic medicine.

In the Sushruta Samhita (1960s- ancient Sanskrit medical text), Guggulu was also suggested for fat loss (medoroga, a disease that closely resembles the symptoms of high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries) and the relief of arthritis. Some recent studies have noted benefits for these conditions as well as acne and other conditions.

Neem (Azadirachta indica): 

It is used in Ayurveda for skin disorders, pimples, diabetes, tumours, obesity, arthritis, viral fevers, jaundice and as a blood purifier.

Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa):

Punarnava is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity as almost all anti-obesity herbal preparations contain it in one or the other form. It is beneficial in the treatment of several common ailments like dropsy, ascities, oedema, anaemia, cough, pluerisy, nervous weakness, constipation and paralysis.


Diet that helps to loose weight:

  • Early morning - A glass of hot water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. A teaspoonful of honey can be added if you like.
  • Breakfast - Wheat or Moong (green beans) sprouts and one cup skimmed milk.
  • Mid morning- A glass of orange, pineapple or carrot juice.
  • Lunch - Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, beet, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes. In case you can not digest raw vegetables, either steam or boil them. Whole grain bread or whole wheat chapatis (Indian recipe) and a glass of buttermilk. It will be good to add some roasted cumin seeds, green coriander leaves, a little salt and some grated ginger in the butter milk.
  • Mid afternoon - Coconut water or dry fruits or lemon tea or vegetable soup.
  • Dinner - Whole grain bread or chapatis, steamed vegetables and any seasonal fruit.


  • Religiously do all kinds of exercises: walking, swimming, and cycling
  • Think positive
  • Go for sauna baths, steam baths and regular massages
  • Go for Panchakarma 

Self-care for weight loss and obesity can be approached in a number of ways—but it can be hard to know just where to start. To make it easier, our doctors recommend trying these simple steps first:

  • Find a diet that fits
    For long-term success, choose a healthy diet that you can stay with

  • Find support
    Improve your chances for long-term weight loss by joining a group while you adjust to new diet and exercise habits

  • Create a custom exercise plan
    Exercise you truly enjoy is that much easier to stick to, so find activities that fit your personal style, fitness level, and work-out opportunities

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