Traditional Ayurveda recommends usage of certain herbs in treating obesity. The most common herbs and their benefits are described below:
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) : Ayurvedic experts recommend this popular herb for weight control as well as for lowering high cholesterol levels in blood. Apart from being an agent that helps in burning fat, it also controls obesity. Being a natural herb, it is found to be a much superior and safer product.
Garcinia Cambogia: Garcinia helps in controlling obesity by slowing down the mechanism of fat production within body cells. Hydroxy-citric-acid which is an active ingredient in Garcinia, converts blood sugar to glycogen instead of fat, and also reduces appetite by keeping the blood sugar levels under control.
Triphala (Emblica Officinalis): It is very effective in increasing hemoglobin level, reduces fat content in the body and helps in weight reduction. It reduces the water content in the body, which is one of the main causes of obesity and is also found to be a good antioxidant.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Licorice root, being sweet in taste, balances blood sugar levels and help reduce craving for sweets.
In addition to the said herbs, the juice of aloevera helps in promoting digestion and helps in cleansing the digestive tract. Vrikshamala is another herb which breaks down fatty acids and is also rich in Vitamin C while Vayu Vidanga, a diuretic helps in reducing weight.
Apart from these herbs, Ayurvedic experts suggest consumption of honey (for non-diabetics) by adding it in herbal tea (A decoction of one cup of water plus a teaspoon of the herbal tea powder is prepared by boiling and reducing the contents to about ¾ cup and then filtered. To this warm decoction one tsp. of honey is added and consumed twice daily in empty stomach) which dissolves body fat, thereby helping in weight reduction to a great extent.
In addition to all this, regular exercise and an active lifestyle can help prevent obesity to a great extent.