Varadi Kashayam – An Effective Ayurveda Weight Loss Remedy

Varadi Kashayam is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has its roots in Kerala Ayurveda system of practice. This herbal decoction preparation is widely used in southern part of India in the treatment of obesity. 

Varadi kashayam is also known as Varadi Kashay, Varadi kashayam, Varadi Kasayam etc.
The word meaning of ‘Vara’ is ‘great’. In Ayurvedic terminology, Vara is often used to suggest Triphala. – the group of three fruits.
Kashaya refers to water decoction or herbal tea.

The reference for Varadi Kashaya is found in Kerala Ayurveda treatise – Sahasrayoga.

Uses

Varadi Kashayam is extensively used in the treatment of obesity.

Dosage

If you have brought the Kashaya from an Ayurvedic store, usually the Kashaya will be concentrated. Please check the dosage in the label.

Generally, if the Kashaya is concentrated, 5 ml of kashaya is added with 5 ml of luke warm water, mixed well, and taken orally, two times a day.

Half a spoon of honey should also be taken along with this Kashaya. (As per the traditional textual reference).

This is usually taken on empty stomach, either in early morning and evening hours, or generally before food.

Your doctor will be the best judge on dosage and time of intake.

Side effects

Varadi Kashaya possible side effects –
A few may experience stomach uneasiness, burning sensation in stomach or loose stools.
If you experience anything as such, start taking it after food or consult your doctor.

How long to take?
This can be administered for a period of 3 – 4 months time.

Ingredients

Varadi Kashaya ingredients –
Triphala –
Amla – Emblica officinalis
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Loha patra – Iron (Herbally processed Iron foils are kept dipped in the Kashaya for a few days. A few companies add Loha bhasma (medicated iron ash powder) to it, in place of iron foils.

Haridra (Curcuma longa) – turmeric 
Water

Varadi Kashayam – Reference – Sahasrayoga

118 thoughts on “Varadi Kashayam – An Effective Ayurveda Weight Loss Remedy”

  1. Varadi kashayam and Varunadi Kashayam are two different formulations with different set of ingredients.
    Varadi Kashayam is mentioned in Sahasrayoga text book of AYurveda. Varunadi kashayam reference is found in Ashtanga Hrudaya.
    Varadi Kashayam contains herbal processed iron as an ingredient. But Varunadi Kashayam is purely herbal in nature.
    Efficacy-wise, both Varadi and Varanadi are similar in action, but in my opinion, Varadi Kashayam is better in efficacy when compared to Varanadi kashayam.
    Kottakkal (AVS) manufactures Varadi Kashayam.
    Many companies like AVN, AVP, AVS, etc manufacture Varanadi Kashayam.,

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    • Fibre rich diet, low fat and low sugar diet is good for losing weight while using Varadi Kashayam. The diet should positively contribute to the purpose of medicine.

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  2. Can you pl let me know the use of Varadi Choornam.I had been prescribed this several years ago but don’t recollect for what.
    Does this powder have a shelf life?. I had bought this from Kottakkal AVS.

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  3. How much weight loss can be expected with the one month course (2 times a day). Also can the ladies continue taking this during the monthly course (MC period)?

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    • If you do strict diet restriction, follow a good exercise program of at least half an hour day, you can expect to lose upto 3 kg per month.
      It should not be taken during periods.

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    • I do not have data on this. Just based on my experience, as a rule of thumb, taking it for one month, after consulting a doctor, with exercise and diet planning, you should be able to reduce 2 kg.

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    • Ask sthoulyahara kashaya,the other name for it in a store nearby vidyaranyapura last bus stop.

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  4. Hello Star, Very rarely Varanadi kashayam cause mouth ulcers. But it is unlikely to cause it with a single dose.
    Add a bit more water to it, before taking. If it worsens, consult your doctor.

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  5. sir i have more muscle mass in my arm and thigh…How to Lose Muscle Mass on specific part of body?
    is there any medicine available? or
    is varadi kashayam will help?
    please suggest me..

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    • Hi, lose wrapping a crepe bandage and avoiding its usage of the arm for a few days time is the best way to reduce muscle mass.

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  6. Good morning I get up in the morn an have the khashayam an have a cuppa coffee in five mins is it ok or should I wait for half an hour pl advice thx

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    • Hi, ideally, it is better to have a gap of at least 15 minutes between kashayam and coffee.

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  7. About Varunadi Kashay I have referred this and I got good information from so many persons referred above and thanks to Dr.JV HEBBER for his valuable suggestions. My experience by using Varunadi Kashaya, I am relieved from dry cough and soar throat which I experience very often.Now I got relief. But mouth ulcers I am getting. Thank u all.
    M.Sambasiva Rao, Guntur AP

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  8. This artical is good.I have one query this after delivery of child birth the belly fat is high then this medicine will b euse full to reduce belly fat after delivery for women.

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  9. hello sir, i have a question. can hypothyroid be cured (100 % complete cure) with ayurvedic medicines? or it can be treated only. there is a difference between cure (permanent cure) and treatment of a disease. i hope you got my question.

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    • Hi, if the hypothyroid is of recent origin (not older than a year), then it can be cured with Ayurvedic treatment. However, the result may vary from person to person. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  10. Hello Sir, Is Varavisaladi Kashayam (Arya Vaidya Sala) safe to take while trying to conceive? what about during periods? Thank you.

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  11. Hello Madam, There are specific pathya’s to be followed with the medicines you take. The doses of Ayurvedic medicines are not fixed. Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs. And the duration of internal medications are better to be decided after analysing the condition and prognosis of your body and problem. So would advise you to take a expert opinion and then take the medicine.

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  12. Hi, if you are taking Varunadi Kashaya, no need of taking Varadi Kashayam becaues Varunadi kashayam itself helps to reduce weight.

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  13. Hi Dr, I have been consuming varadi kashayam 2 times and abhayanayaki leham at night for obesticity. Can you tell me what does that leham does

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  14. Hello Doctor, I have been prescribed Varardi Kashayam for weight loss..take 20 ml with 60 ml of water. I’m taking 2 times a day but I see weight increase.. I walk atleast one hour during the day..I have been taking this for 3 weeks. I do not know if I continue to take this will casue increase in weight. Please help

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    • Dear Ms Ramya, definitely, weight gain is not due to Varadi Kashayam. I suggest to continue it for one more month.

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  15. hi Dr,

    i have been prescribed ayaskrithi and lodhrasavam arishta 30ml(2 times a day) for fighting obesity. How effective are these drinks? should it be consumed before or after food?

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    • If the patient is obese, or if there is profuse Pitta dosha increase, then nitya virechana can be adminsitered while continuing with Varadi Kashayam.
      If you are not sure, Nithya vierchana can be started and if the patient is feeling excessively tired or if there are BP variations, then Varadi can be stopped for a while.

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  16. Dear Dr can we take varadi kashayam during periods? And also how many times in a year can we take varadi kashayam if we are in obese 2 category?

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  17. Sir, can you suggest diet we should follow while consuming varadi kashayam? can we take milk? suppose we should avoid non-veg and eggs. please advise

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    • All the weight loss remedies and diet are also applicable. You can take non veg and eggs in limited quantities.

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  18. Along with varanadi, you also may need kanchanara guggulu or navaka guggulu etc medicines. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly

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  19. Hai sir my weight is 60kg noticed that which is not suitable for my height that is149cm sir can you suggest medicine for me

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  20. i am 36 years ,weight is 77 kg ,height 4.9 please suggest dosage and duration of varandi kashayam to loose max. weight.what time interval after 1 month to another course of varandi kashyam

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  21. Sir I’m 29, weight 80 ,height158cm.now using loose tablets and medohar 2each three times a day with an advice of ayurvvedic docter.is it useful ..it is for 15 days.he advice me medication for 6 months and medicines will change..

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    • Hi, both are useful. Please continue the treatment for 3 months. If there is no change in weight, the medicines need to be altered.

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  22. Sir I purchased Varanasi kashya but medical store person was telling me its not for weight loss its for kidney stone .now I am confused is it good for weight loss or not?

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  23. Very informative article sir. Its so amazing to see that you reply to each n every query. U have a deep knowledge of Ayurveda sir.

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  24. hi i am 28yrs female of 150cm height, weight of 95 kgs mainly around hips, lower abdomen and upper arms only. i have kapha and pitta too. i need to loose weight soon cause it is causing many health issues like breathlessness, fatigue, etc, what should i follow.

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  25. Hi Dr,

    I have been prescribed Varadi Kashayam for weight loss. My Dr recommended to be vegetarian during the 1 month period. I am finding it difficult to meet protein requirement while being vegetarian and doing High Intensity Workouts. Is it a must to avoid meat, eggs and seafood to see better results while having kashayam?

    Regards,
    Nisha.

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  26. an amazingly site. extremely useful and most informative and completely free. may god grant dr hubber and his team more than hundred years life. extremely grateful to you dear dr hubber. prof. p k jain

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  27. i have bought varadi kashayam today from arya vaidya sala,delhi,to reduce my weight. i am 73 kg and 165 cm tall. this is along with kanchnar guggulu. thanks

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  28. Sir I want to reduce my weight before my marriage.which medicine is suitable for me varadi kashayam or varanadi kashayam.By using this Is there any problem with pregnancy.

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  29. Hello doctor. I wanted to know if we can have varadi kashayam n lohasinduram tablet for weight loss during lactation. I had a ceaserean delivery 2months back and wanted to know if it’s 100%safe to take d above medicines during breastfeeding.

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  30. I have a heat body. I try my best to keep my body cool. Will consuming this for my weight loss further increase heat in my body? And also how to use it?

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  31. Hello doctor, I am 24yrs old 5.5′ with 71kg, I’ve pcod so how long should I take varunadi kashayam to lose weight? And if I stop using it will I gain weight again? While taking is it necessary to avoid non-veg food?

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    • Hi, you mya have to take it for 3 months time. If you stop it, you may not gain weight but having pcod, you need to continue with diet control and exercise.
      You can have limited non veg food once in a while.

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  32. Thank you doctor
    But , if I will take varanadi kashyam tablet once a day , do I get any benefits ..for pcos and thyroid with weight loss ?
    Please confirm

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  33. Hi,
    I am 30yrs old started having varanadi Kashayam Tablets 2 times a day. I am 85kgs, very difficult to reduce post pregnancy. Does this help? how long I should have this tablet?

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  34. Dr iam on weight loss treatment now. I would like to know the difference between VARADI KASHAYAM, VARANADI KASHAYAM & VARUNADI KASHAYAM. Which of the above is best for weight reduction. Currently I am been prescribed Redufat tablet twice a day. Which of the above I can have.

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  35. Hello Dr. Thanks a lot for all your wonderful articles. Could you please let me know the difference between varadi kashaya and varunadi kashaya? in some places I see is the same and simil action, but in others I see differences.
    Thanks

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