Ayurvedic treatment of obesity: a randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial

J Ethnopharmacol. 1990 Apr;29(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(90)90092-8.


Seventy obese subjects were randomised into four groups. Ayurvedic drug treatments were given for three months while one group received a placebo. Physical, clinical and pathological investigations were carried out at regular intervals. A significant weight loss was observed in drug therapy groups when compared with the placebo. Body measurements such as skin fold thickness and hip and waist circumferences were significantly decreased. Decreases in serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels were observed. No side effects of any kind were observed during the treatment period.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic*
  • Obesity / drug therapy*