Herbs for Obesity
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses the digestive tract.
Astragalus (Astragalus gummifer)
Astragalus increases energy and improves nutrient absorption.
Bee pollen stimulates the metabolism and helps to curb appetite. Take up to 1 teaspoon daily.
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
Bladderwrack contain iodine, which helps to enhance thyroid function.
Dosage: Take 150 milligrams at breakfast and another 150 milligrams lunch for two months.
Brewer's yeast will help to reduce various cravings for food and drink.
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
This herb a great folk reputation for shedding weight.
You can eat it raw in salads. Alternately, you can steam it and eat it like a vegetable. For a great weight loss salad, mix chickweed, dandelion, evening primrose, stinging nettle (cooked and cooled), plantain and purslane. Add this to your regular salad.
Coconut oil, extracted from coconuts, is a rich source for medium chain triglycerides. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTS) are special types of saturated fats separated out from coconut oil that range in length from six to twelve carbon chains. Unlike regular fats, MCTs do not appear to cause weight gain; they actually promote weight loss.
Recommended Dosage: 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion may flush out the kidneys, boost metabolism, and off- set a craving for sweets. Eat the leaves raw in a salad or make a tea by boiling 2 to 3 tsp of the root in a cup of water for I 0 to 15 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis).
This herb is a good source for tryptophan which is believed to help in weight loss. Take a half-teaspoon of evening primrose oil three times a day.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel removes mucus and fat from the intestinal tract, and is a natural appetite suppressant.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek is useful for dissolving fat within the liver.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Green tea enhances the ability of the body to burn fat. Choose a standardized extract containing 50 percent catechin and 90 percent total polyphenols and take 300 milligrams thirty minutes before breakfast and another thirty minutes before lunch. Do not take more.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
This is a popular herb used in Ayurveda. Guggul is frequently recommended by Ayurveda practitioners for weight
control in addition to use in lowering cholesterol. In clinical trials, intake of guggul derivatives regularly for three months results in four times the weight loss compared to placebo.
Kelp (Fucus spp.)
Kelp is a type of seaweed thatís rich in antioxidant vitamins and iodine. It is believed to stimulate a hormone produced by the thyroid gland thatís responsible for boosting metabolism, so youíll burn more calories by the hour. You can also get other kinds of seaweed in your diet by adding them to soups and salads. Kelp is very useful for thyroid-related obesity.
Dosage: Take 300-1,500 mg daily as directed on the label.
Caution: Check with your doctor before taking kelp if you have a thyroid disorder, high blood pressure, or heart problems.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice root strengthens the adrenal glands, thus helping to sustain a regulated blood-sugar level and reduce cravings for sweets. Licorice tastes sweet.
Caution: Do not take licorice by itself on a daily basis for more than five days at a time, as it can elevate blood pressure. Do not take it at all if you have high blood pressure. This herb should be used with caution. Check the herbal database for other important safety information.
Malabar tamarind (Gareinia cantbogia)
The Malabar tamarind is a yellowish fruit that is about the size of an orange, with a thin skin and deep furrows similar to an acorn squash. It is native to southern India, where it is dried and used extensively in curries (especially fish). It looks black when dried.
The dried fruit of Malabar Tamarind contains about thirty percent hydroxycitric acid. It is a powerful lipogenic inhibitor. (Lipogenic inhibitor is a substance which helps prevent the production of fat.)
In animal studies, hydroxycitrate has been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of fat formation. One study showed that hydroxycitrate produced a "significant reduction in food intake, and body weight gain" in rats. The results in humans are not yet proven.
In addition to inhibiting the production of fat, hydroxycitrate may also suppress appetite.
Recommended Dosage: 500 mg three times per day. Take it along with a supplement of Chromium for best results.
Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps digest both proteins and fats.
Herbalist Dr. Duke reported that one person in Costa Rica lost 100 pounds by eating one whole fresh pineapple per day. Pineapple is loaded with nutrition, and is also great for your digestion.
Plantain or psyllium (Plantago)
Psyllium is the seed of Plantain. Metamucil is a commercial product that contain psyllium.
Herbalists say that the weight-loss effect of plantain and psyllium is related to the spongy fiber (mucilage) in the seeds and to specific chemicals
(polyphenols) in the leaves.
Dose: Take a teaspoonful of psyllium mixed well with a glass of juice or water. Take it before each meal.
Caution: If you are allergic to this herb, stop its use immediately.
Red pepper (Capsicum), Hit Mustard, and other hot spices
Scientists have found that people who took hot spicy foods (adding a teaspoon of red-pepper sauce and a teaspoon of mustard to meal) raised their metabolic rates by as much as 25 percent. The hot spice also stimulates thirst, so you drink more liquids that also helps in gaining less weight.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus Senticosus)
Siberian ginseng helps to stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings for sweets. It is also a natural energizer.
A study of more than 25,000 Seventh-Day Adventists showed that those who ate the most nuts were the least obese. Walnuts are rich in serotonin. Serotonin is shown to make us feel full; so we eat less as a result.
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Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Patent Formula
Alisma, astragalus, and atractylodes is a Chinese herbal combination that helps to encourage weight loss. Alisma is a diuretic; astragalus enhances energy; atractylodes helps the digestion of carbohydrates. These three herbs work best when taken together. Select a combination formula and take one dose, as directed on the product label, two to three times daily.
Combine 1 tbsp. of yarrow and 1 tbsp. of sea weed. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of this mix, steep for eight minutes, strain and drink 1 cup three times daily for one to two weeks.
Other slimming herbs often included in herbal tea mixtures include kelp, chickweed, dandelion, sage, hawthorn berries, licorice root, papaya leaves, anise, wormwood, black alder bark, lovage and saffron.
Alfalfa, com silk, dandelion, gravel root, horsetail, hydrangea, hyssop, juniper berries, oat straw, parsley, seawrack, thyme, uva ursi, white ash, and yarrow can be used in tea form for their diuretic properties.
Butcher's broom, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, Garcinia cambogia, ginger, green tea, and mustard seed are thermogenic herbs that improve digestion and aid in the metabolism of fat.
Bladderwrack, borage seed, hawthorn berry, licorice root, and sarsaparilla stimulate the adrenal glands and improve thyroid function.
Ephedra, guarana, and kola nut are appetite suppressants.
Siberian ginseng aids in moving fluids and nutrients throughout the body, and reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating habits.
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