Obesity is known as Medarog, which is caused by the aggravation of Kapha. Kapha is an Ayurveda humor which is dense, heavy, slow, sticky, wet and cold in nature. It governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body apart from controlling weight and formation of all the seven tissues - nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues. In a balanced state, Kapha gives nourishment to these tissues through various microchannels. However, when it is aggravated, Kapha leads to the production of toxins in the body. These toxins are heavy and dense in nature and accumulate in weaker channels of the body, causing their blockage. In the case of an obese person, toxins accumulate in MedovahiSrotas (fat channels), thereby leading to an increase in the production of fat tissue (MedaDhatu). When the body produces more fat tissues, it causes an increase in weight.
Treatment for obesity begins with the pacification of KaphaDosha. This can be done by eliminating Kapha-aggravating foods from the diet. Next, the treatment also focuses on cleansing of the Medovahi channels through cleansing herbs so that excess weight can be reduced.