Ayurveda Q&A: Treatment for obesity

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

My wife has been Diagnosed For Ig A Nephropathy on 2006, Her creatinine has been around 3 for the last 5 years,Now Creatinine is has increased to 8mg/dl, Serum Urea 133, Serum Uric Acid is 11.7, Serum Globulin is 3.7, HB 11.4 ,Potassium 5.9. Phosperus 5.7 Her latest USG report for kidney is” Both kidneys are small in size with raised renal cortical echogenicity and loss of corticomedullary differentiation. Two small cortical cysts (8-9 mm) are seen in right kidney. no hydronephrosis,no calculus is present in either kidney. The right kidney is 8.2 cm and left kidney is 8.6 cm. Please inform me are the cysts a case to worry, and how long it will take for her kidney to shrink further before failure, Doctors have advised for fistula operation for dialysis,

Covance 50 daily 1, folvide daily 1,storevas 10 daily 1, Bio D3 daily 1, Prazapress XL 2.5 m daily 1, accutrol
400 daily 3, Ummitil360 S daily 2, Espogen 2000 weekly 2
V M Baba

Hi V M Baba,

An integrative therapy with Ayurveda and Modern medicines helps. I have seen patients life style and wellbeing is improved when the Ayurveda medicines & therapies, yoga and diet combined with the modern medicines and therapies.

Punarnavadi Kashayam tablets 3 tablets three times a day 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner + Shilajatu (100) – 500 mg three times a day and Navaka Guggulu + Gokshuradi Guggulu each 2 tablets three times a day after food with warm water improves the renal functions.

Respected sir
I am preet and my age is 36 and I am suffering from premature graying of hair and weight loss so please recommend me for overall body.
Preetpal Sidhu

Hi Preetpal,

Check your vitamin D, Iron, thyroid levels. Reduced levels of this can cause these problems. Reduced of levels of which can cause this. The treatment protocol varies based on this. Pl check your Vitamin D, Iron and Thyroid profile and send me the report. I will advise you accordingly.

Dear Doctor,

Good Day!
my father has gout in his feet and it is swollen badly. we has high blood pressure and sugar problem.he is getting regilar attacks of gout, we would request you to tell us what medicine we can give so reduce the frequest attacks of gout.and also let us know in case of sever gout attack what we can do immediately to reduce the pain.

need your suggestion urgently.
thanks & Rgds
Rimple Kaur Kathuria

Hi Rimple,

Gout pain can reduced by applying Pinda Thailam followed by luke warm water bath. However the stage of Gout decides the quick relieving factor. Please give him amruthotaram Kashayam 15 ml + Kokilaksham kashayam 15 ml + 60 ml of warm water three times a day in empty stomach. Take 2 Gokshuradi and Chandraprabha Guggulu three times a day after food. A 40 -48 day Ayurveda rejuvenation program with Ayurveda Therapies and Diet can improve his pain and reduce the Gout attack in no time. Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of Pancha karma, oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(oilation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout. These Ayurvedic remedies enhance the body’s metabolism and boost the efficiency to flush out the waste. With the traditional remedies of Ayurveda teamed with the life style changes give a chance to imbibe a healthy life.

Dear Doctor,
My daughter is 15 years old and her periods has started in last year March 2012 but after that she is not having periods. I showed her to a Allopath doctor and after ultrasound she told us that no need to worry about it, she is not having any problem, may be periods will start after 6 or 8 months. But it is almost one year but periods not started again. Kindly suggest some medicine in Ayurved. She is having thyroid problem also for the last about 1.5 years and she taking thyronorm tab 50/75mg daily on alternate days. Her height is feet and wt is 58kg. Kindly help me.
Thanks and regards,
Lata Mishra

Hi Latha,
Please do check her Vitamin D levels, as in my practice i see young women with periods problems are very much connected with Vitamin D deficiency. I recommend DNA NONI syrup 15 ml + 100 ml of warm water – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner for 3 months. This syrup has good combination of anti oxidants which helps young women with hormonal imbalances and stress. Give 3 liters of water and drum stick leaves soup as additional supplements to improve hormonal functions.

I am 51 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes two months back…..the diabetes is under control with medicines and changed lifestyle and diet.

There are however other reports that are disturbing as under :-

Blood Platelet – 52000
Neutrophils – 26 (should be between 40 and 60)
Lymphocytes – 65 (should be between 20 and 40)

Can you advice any medicine/diet/food to improve this…regards
Sanjay Singh

Hi Sanjay Singh,

Good exercise, including anti oxidants, adding 3 liters of water and reducing salty, spicy non vegetarian foods and drinks helps you. Please take 15 ml of Guduchyadi Kashayam + 60 ml of warm water – three times a day before food helps. please take this Kashayam for 3 months and repeat the test and share the details.

Dear doctor,
I am aged 41 from mangalore. I have taken the blood sugar and cholesterol report as on today.

Blood sugar is normal : 76 mg/dl

Lipid profile

Total cholesterol : 253 mg/dl
HDL cholesterol ; 57 mg/dl
LDL cholesterol : 150 mg/dl
Triglycerides : 228 mg/dl (which is showing little high normal : max upto 165 mg/dl)
Cholesterol/HDL ratio : 4.43

Hameoglobin : 16.2 gm%
Blood ESR : 06 mm/hour
Total WBC count : 8900/cumm

Netutrophils : 66%
Lymphocytes : 29%
Eosinophils : 04%
Monocytes : 01%
Basophils : 00%

I have started to take garlic pearls from yesterday. How many capsules I should take per day.

I heard that, it will maintain cholesterol and triglycerides level. As well as I have to regularly do some exercise and jogging. Any other treatment is required at present.
Waiting for your reply.

Thanks & regards,
Raviprasad P Rao

Hi Rao,

Garlic pearls are good. With this please add 2 gm of Clove powder mixed with 30 ml of warm milk every day in empty stomach. This helps in normalizing the cholesterol ratio. Add 2-3 liters of water and drumstick leaves soup 60 ml everyday for better results.

Please suggest treatment and ayurvedic medicine course for cervical spondylosis.

Hi R K Pandey,

Ayurveda treatment protocol is primarily focused on normalizing the vitiated vata dosha and to rejuvenate the affected tissue. Since this condition may also be related to stress, Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, life style modifications and diet, minimized exercise and yoga.

Ayurveda recommends Guggulu, Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Giloy, Dry Ginger, Shallaki etc for prevention. These herbs are well known muscular and stress relaxants and anti inflammatory with no side effects which helps to prevent and to manage this condition. Ayurveda does recommend intake of 3 gm of Cow’s ghee as diet for prevention.

Ayurveda therapies for cervical spondylosis

Ayurveda cautions not to use any stronger, vibrant massage therapies for this condition as it may further worsen the condition. Only a gentle application of warm medicated oil, depends on the condition and Prakriti of the patient the oil is selected followed by herbal steam application improves the condition in no time.

Kati Vasti: Ayurveda recommends this therapy as a specialized care therapy for this condition. A bridge is formed on the back bone with flour power and warm medicated oil is filled for the period of 45-60 minutes. This helps the muscles and ligaments to relax and heal; improved blood circulation heals the tissues. This treatment usually advised for 14-28 days depends on the condition.

Ela Kizhi: Warm medicated oil application followed by warm Herbal bolus on the affected part improves the stiffness and pain. This therapy is recommended for 7-14 days depends on the condition

Mamsa Navara Kizhi: This is one of the specialized treatments for cervical spondylosis. Red meat, medicated rice, vata normalizing herbs processed with milk, made as a bolus. After the gentle application of the warm oil, this bolus is applied on the affected parts for 30-45 minutes without pressure. This treatment is very effective to heal any types of cervical spondylosis and with any degree of pain. This treatment usually suggested for 21-28 days depends of the condition.
These three above treatments is suggested alone or in combination depends on the condition.

Ayurveda recommendations for Cervical Spondylosis

a. Avoid – sour, salty foods and drinks, curd, deep fried foods, Maida, Suji, pulses and various by products of pulses
b. Take – Bitter gourd, drum stick and Neem flowers as diet helps
c. Wheat helps better than rice
d. Add more fibers and water as constipation may increase the condition
e. Avoid – Exposure to cold, cold water bath, violent exercises without proper guidance
f. Improve the milder physical exercises like walking, Surya Namaskara etc.

Yoga for cervical spondylosis

a. Padmasana (Lotus pose) for keeping the spine erect.
b. Tadasana (palm tree pose), helps rectifying postural defects
c. Yastikasana (Stick pose), helps to de-stress
d. Greeva Sanchalan asana (Neck movement) is the best to cure cervical spondylosis.


Prevention is better than cure. Simple changes in life style, proper exercise, guided yoga with regular detoxification and rejuvenation can prevent this condition. Maintaining a correct posture while reading, writing or working etc does help in prevention. A holistic approach with Ayurvedic medicines and treatments, simplified exercise and yoga, personalized diets are beneficial in curing cervical spondylosis.

Dr Gowthaman

Dear Dr
I am ,kanakaraj, 59 years old suffering from Hypertension for last 20 years.I am also suffering from chronic kidney Deceises problem for last 3 years.My kidney functions only 35%.I am taking allopathy madicine regularly for HT as per Dr`s advise.For CKD Iam under diet control.My creatinine level went up to 2.5. Now it maintains at 1.7.Blood Urea maintains at 40 to 50.I want to know wheather the kidney function can be revived to full functional level by HERBAL treatment or not. If it is possible please advise me the treatment and how & where get the medicine

Thanking you

Hi Kanakaraj,

As discussed earlier an integrative and holistic treatment with Ayurveda medicines & therapies, Yoga additional to the modern medicines can help. Only an integrative, holistic approach can heal you completely. Please share me your complete medical history to understand your condition better and help you better.

Dear Sir,
I am 29 years old female. My height is 5.3. My weight is 53 kg. I have gained extra weight in my tummy part.
My belly looks clearly divided and the upper part is more bulging otherwise i have no extra fat in other parts of my body.
Kindly advice.
With Regards,

Hi Manju,

Ayurveda Therapies can help. Udvartana – Ayurveda weight / Fat management therapy with Therapeutic yoga can heal you completely. However for Tummy life style plays a vital role. In Ayurveda, Prakriti refers to a person’s psychological and physical characteristics, including the tendency toward imbalance with the universe, and his ability to resist and recover from illnesses and conditions etc. This play a vital role in understanding and addressing personalized obesity solutions. According to Ayurveda, the person belongs to Water predominant life energy most likely to experience this trouble.
‘Sthaulya’ – the term for Obese is marked by accumulation of Medo Dhatu (Fat tissues) under skin and all over the body. Some Ayurveda texts terms “Medo Roga” as it is related to accumulation of Medo Dhatu.

Ayurveda and Fat tissues (Medo Dhatu)

Ayurveda explains about seven body tissues elements responsible for nourishment and life termed them as Dhatu, Fat tissue or Medo Dhatu is one among the seven. Ayurveda explains the fat tissue is one of the life preserving factor and the primary functions are as follows create and maintain body heat, cushion protecting the deep organs, filling up the hollow spaces and fills the human body and gives shape and beauty. When the body losses its equilibrium and start accumulating only Medo Dhatu due physiological or pathological reasons termed as Medo Roga or Sthaulya Roga.

Ayurveda opines the following are the common causes for Obesity intake of excessive sweet, cold, oily foods and drinks, lack of physical or psychological exercises and sex, day sleep, Irregular food habits, stress, anxiety and Ayurveda too mentions that hereditary as one of the primary causes for obesity.

Ayurvedic pathogenesis of Obesity

The obstruction of the fat, the movement of food is confined to (Koshtha) abdominal viscera resulting in the stimulation of the digestive power and absorption of food. The individual digests food quickly and becomes a voracious eater. In the event of disproportionate increase of fat, the body becomes vulnerable to many diseases. Owing to an excessive increase of fat and muscle tissue, the buttock, abdomen and breast become pendulous and the body strength becomes disproportionate to physical growth.

Symptoms of obesity

a. Reduction of longevity
b. Premature ageing
c. Lower sex drive
d. Poor sexual performance
e. Bad odour and excessive sweating
f. Breathlessness on exertion, difficulty in breathing, difficulty in walking
g. Uncontrollable hunger, thirst, tiredness
h. Loss of vitality
i. Irritability and mental confusion


Obesity is not just a problem related personality or beauty. It also related to serious medical problems like Diabetes, Hypertension, Fistula, Lipoma, Hyperacidity, Hyper-hydrosis and kidney disorders etc.

Ayurveda treatment pedagogy

In Ayurvedic medicine, there is no single approach to treating obesity. Depending on the Prakriti the medications, purification therapies and diet varies.
For example, for a vata dominant person, the vata purification therapies like cleansing and Oleation enemas are part of the treatments. Abhyanga and herbal steam bath does play a major role in Vata type of person’s treatment plan. For Kapha type obesity, treatment plan includes external powder applications with giner, mustard etc. If the obesity is due to excessive accumulation of toxins (Ama dosha) both internal medications and external applications are advocated.

Ayurvedic guide lines for Medo Roga

a. Usage of Barley, Green gram, Red gram and Horse gram is recommended
b. Honey is recommended in minor doses
c. Always drink warm water to eliminate the toxins
d. For cooking Sesame oil/ Mustard oil is indicated. Spices like turmeric, black pepper, ginger and rock salt are advised for obesity.
e. Vegetables with astringent, bitter and pungent taste, soup with such vegetables as diet improves the weight loss
f. Avoid sweets prepared from wheat, cakes, pastries, milk and sugar, cold drinks, alcohol, deep fried foods and non vegetarian diet.
g. Active physical life is very important to prevent and manage weight gain. Staying awake at night and day sleep will increase the Medo Dhatu which in turn ends up in Obesity.
h. Ayurveda recommends herbs like Amrutha (Tinospora cordifolia), Mustaa (Cyperus rotundsa) Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaka (Terminalia belerica) and Aamalaka (Embica officinalis) for prevention and management of this condition.
i. Ayurveda recommends a special weight loss recipe called “Takra Arishta” – Fermented buttermilk for active weight loss

As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments for obesity are always individually formulated. In Ayurvedic medicine, there is no single approach to treating obesity. After taking the pulses and examining the patient, an Ayurvedic practitioner designs a treatment plan to bring the doshas back into balance which in turn addresses obesity swiftly and permanently.

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