Ayurveda on using Honey for Weight Loss

The usage of Honey (मधु) is mentioned in books of Ayurveda. According to Bhaishajya ratnavali 39/3 (भैषज्य रत्नावलि – 39/ 3) honey can be used as a medicine to get relief from obesity.

प्रातर्मधुयुतं वारि सेवितं स्थौल्यनाशनं ।

Meaning: Honey(मधु) should be taken early morning(प्रातः) along with water(वारि) to remove (नाशनं) Obesity(स्थौल्य)

How to use Honey for Weight Loss


Preparation: Mix 1 spoon honey with half glass lukewarm water.
Time to Use: Early Morning before eating anything else.
Precaution: Do not eat anything for 15 minutes after having it.
Usage duration: Can be used for 3 to 6 months
Note: You should not take it if you are either Diabetic or Pregnant

Should Kids use it for Weight Loss ?

Anybody regardless of age and sex can use honey as a medicine to get relief from obesity. Only correct method which is mentioned above should be used.

Can i use boiled water to mix with honey ?

Strictly NO ! As per reference from two Ayurveda books (Ashtanga Hridayam Sutrasthana 5/ 53 and Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 26/84), hot water is not compatible with honey. Hot or boiled water can change medicinal property of honey.
You can use following types of water with honey:

  • Lukewarm Water
  • Cooled down boiled water

Can i use lemon and honey with lukewarm water?

Yes, Langhana therapy or Shodhana in which lemon and honey are used with warm water to remove toxin from body. These therapies are used for cleaning, detoxing and reducing weight.

Can pregnant women use this method?

Weight loss is not a good thing during pregnancy. So its not prescribed for pregnant women. Insted pregnant women should use Brihmana therapy, which is to gain weight.
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