Ayurveda and Science

Loss of Appetite

Home remedies

Loss of appetite and indigestion are closely linked entities of digestive disturbance in Ayurveda. Agnimandhya is the term used to denote loss of appetite while Ajeerna denotes indigestion. A harmonious balance of Vata and Pitta holds the essence of a normal appetite. A vitiation in their mutual balance could lead to a loss of appetite. Irregular dietary habits bring about a vitiation in Pitta while psychic problems like anxiety, fear or physical causes like suppression of impeding urges lead to an imbalance in Vata. Both these sequences lead to disturbances in normal levels of appetite.
Ayurvedic ingredients

Ingredients for Loss of Appetite

Mustard seeds

Eating some amount of mustard seeds daily also improves your digestion, which is beneficial when trying to lose weight.


Buttermilk can also help in anemia and loss of appetite. It has proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and essential enzymes. It can be used daily. Buttermilk has 90 percent of water. Its intake helps to maintain the body's water balance.


Nutmeg has been used for medicinal purposes. Nutmeg eliminates toxins from your body, and has digestive properties that can help in increasing metabolism, thereby helping with weight loss.

Cinnamon bark

Cinnamon bark is used for gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea, and gas. It is also used for stimulating appetite; for infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; and for menstrual cramps, the common cold, and the flu (influenza).


Cloves stimulate metabolism thereby helping in losing weight. The spice also has anticholesteremic and anti-lipid properties. When this powerful spice is combined with pepper, cinnamon and cumin seeds, it helps in increasing our metabolic rate


Coriander, which is also known as dhania in Hindi, is known to have magical medicinal properties. The leaves of this plant contain the quercetin pigment which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Small Cardamom

Cardamom essential oil acts as an appetite stimulant, which once taken along with milk or any other breakfast item can increase appetite.

Cumin seeds

Cumin is believed to promote agni (digestive fire) that helps to burn toxins in the body.

Fennel seed

According to the principles of Ayurveda, saunf seeds are known to normalize the appetite and enhance digestion. It can boost the metabolism and promotes the burning of excess fat accumulated

Tamarind pulp

Tamarind is loaded with hydroxycitric acid, which reduces appetite by inhibiting amylase, an enzyme responsible for converting carbohydrate into fat.


Ginger is a quintessential spice that is used in numerous food preparations and also for medicinal purposes. It is excellent for relieving indigestion and stimulating appetite. It also helps in alleviating stomach aches.

Black Salt

Black Salt Prevents Osteoporosis. One-fourth of total salt in the human body is stored in bones. For good bone strength, salt is also imperative along with a high intake of calcium.

Black pepper

Black Pepper is often used to improve digestion and to increase appetite. It is also an excellent spice to relieve stomach and intestinal gas problems.


Dairy products provide Ca and protein which may facilitate appetite control. Conversely, weight loss is known to increase the motivation to eat.

Long pepper

Indian long pepper is used to improve appetite and digestion, as well as treat stomachache, heartburn, indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and cholera. It is also used for lung problems including asthma, bronchitis, and cough.

Basil leaves

Basil leaves is revered for its strong medicinal and healing properties. Basil fortifies the digestive and nervous system and can be a good remedy for headaches and insomnia.

Asafetida Indian gooseberry

Indian gooseberry works amazingly in restoring back lost appetite. It enhances the functioning of the digestive tract making digestion of food easy.

Ajowan seeds Honey

Honey activates certain hormones in our body which suppress appetite and thus, prevent us from bingeing on calories. When taken with ajwain, this concoction can reduce your excess body weight in less than two weeks.

Common recipes:

Extract about a cup of pomegranate seed juice. Add a pinch of rock salt and a spoonful of honey. Taking this solution slowly removes the bad taste from the mouth and increases your appetite!

Take equal parts of mustard seeds, asafetida, ginger, cumin seeds and black salt and grind the mixture to a fine powder. Add this mixture to a glass of buttermilk and drink it an hour before meals to enhance the appetite.

Mix well a spoonful each of Indian gooseberry powder, clarified butter and honey. Take this paste prior to meals to improve the appetite.

Ingredients: one part each of cloves, nutmeg and  long pepper, 3 parts of Indian gooseberry and 8 parts of ginger. Grind the mixture to obtain a fine powder. Add sufficient sugar to make the taste palatable. Consuming a spoonful of this mixture twice or thrice a day helps in regaining lost appetite.

Mix in equal parts cinnamon bark, small cardamom, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Soak the mixture in cold water overnight. Strain this blend with a tea strainer. Drinking this cold infusion early in the morning helps in building an appetite.

Soak about 10 grams of tamarind in a cup of warm water for 30 minutes. Squeeze the mass to obtain tamarind juice. Add a pinch of table salt to suit your taste. Add about 2 grams of powdered ajowan seeds. Taken before meals, this juice improves appetite. Alternatively, you can dilute 1/2 a teaspoonful of tamarind pulp in one cup of water for this purpose.

Basil tea is an efficacious drink to enhance appetite. Take about 20 gms of Basil leaves and boil it in 250 ml of water till the quantity is reduced to half the original volume.


Ayurvedic Medicines for Loss of Appetite by Dabur

Dabur Ashokarishta
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