Herbal remedies for Weight loss

herbal remedies for Weight loss that are useful

By Veena Deo


This article discusses various herbal remedies for weight loss that are useful.

Today the problem of Obesity is rising at an alarming rate. Obesity is a condition characterized by excessive bodily fat. It might have negative effect on an individual’s health. If the BMI i.e., Body Mass Index is between 25 and 25.9 the person will be considered as overweight. If the BMI is above 30 the person is considered as obese. Unstable insulin levels are closely associated with weight gain.

Disturbed sleep may lead to obesity. If you do not sleep enough you will produce a hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin is a 28 amino acid peptide and hormone that is produced mainly by P/D1 cells lining the fundus of the human stomach and epsilon cells of the pancreas that stimulates hunger. It is considered to be a counterpart of the hormone leptin.

Professor Cappuccio explains that sleep deprivation may lead to obesity through increased appetite, as a result of hormonal changes. If you do not sleep enough, you produce a hormone Ghrelin. Lack of sleep produces less leptin a hormone that suppresses appetite. In fact, prolonged consumption of certain components in processes foods coupled with physical inactivity can cause obesity in children as well as in teenagers.

Studies conducted for obesity in Scandinavia have shown that excess body fat distributed around the waist carries more risk than the fat distributed on the hips and thighs.

Causes of obesity:

1) Genes – obesity tends to run in families. 2) Some people suffering from depression start over eating leading to Obesity.3) Excessive intake of food rich with calories is also a cause of Obesity.

Leptin deficiency, Adrenal disorders causing Cushing Syndrome, Ovarian disorders. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Drug induced obesity as in Sulphonyclurea, Corticosteroid, Insulin, Psychotropic drugs can all cause obesity. Head of the Tata Memorial Hospital Dr. Rajan Badwe says that an unhealthy diet is a major contributor to cancer among those with sustained obesity.

Long term obesity may lead to blood sugar problems, Heart problems, joint pains. High Blood Pressure, anxiety and depression etc. Obese person should eat fresh greens and try to add more vegetable and fruits to their diet. They should eat green salads containing mint leaf and tomatoes and should add cabbage, carrot, papaya, apple, Moong Dal etc. Swimming, cycling, jogging, morning, walk, yoga are all recommended. Take lukewarm water after lunch and dinner. Sleeping during day time should be avoided.

Products for weight loss and Obesity -

Some drugs prevent absorption of fat and glucose from intestine, so that some fat is excreted. Some drugs help in burning the fats. One must take these with the consultation of a Medical Doctor.

Sibutaramin – It is appetite suppressant.

Phentermine – Short term up to 12 week for adults. It is an appetite suppressant   Side Effects: Increased blood pressure and heart rate, nervousness.

Diethylpropion – Short term up to 12 weeks for adults.  It is an appetite suppressant. Side Effects: Headache, Sleeplessness, nervousness, dizziness.

Orlistat: Long term up to 1 year for adults and children age.  It is a Lipase inhibitor. Side effects: Gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, oily spotting), rare cause of severe liver injury is reported. Ref: NIH .gov/publications prescription.

Herbal remedies for weight loss -

Triphala – It is a combination of Amla/ Indian Gooseberry, Chebulic and Belleric fruits. Triphala helps in detoxification of the body. It is a natural colon cleanser. Stimulates liver and helps in secreting bile juices that are very essential for fat metabolism. Helps to reduce fat amount in the body. Latest molecular study shows that Triphala is effective in treating obesity. Scientists from Biochemical Research of Delhi University in India have discovered that dynamic molecules in Triphala get attached to the cellular receptor for choleystokinin. CCK is basically a satiety hormone and is released by the body to specify that an individual is full. It expresses a desire to limit future food intake as after completing a satisfying meal. Ref: Herbs 200. A great herbal remedy for weight loss.

Irringia Gabonensis – It has been shown to promote weight loss. It is a tree in the family Irvigiaceae, and is some time known as wild mango, African mango, Bush – Mango. The seeds from the fruits of this tree have been investigated as a factor in weight loss.

Black Pepper - Piperine has been shown in animal studies to increase the body’s expenditure of energy. Apparently piperine does this by affecting the production of hormones like chemicals that regulate energy balance. This may have an important implication for human body weight regulation and obesity. Although, to date, there is a little evidence to support such a benefit in humans (27) Ref. May 2010 – An overview of the potential health benefit of black – pepper, funded by the McCormick Science Institute.

Garcinia Cambogia - Researcher’s study suggests that the extract inhibits the accumulation of lipids in fat cells in adipose tissue. Study from molecular cell Biochemistry proved – (90 days study) – its efficacy in overweight management. The 60% HCA containing extract of Garcinia Cambogia was found to promote fat oxidation, enhance serotonin release and it availability in brain normalization of lipid profiles and reduction of serum leptin levels in overweight individuals. Ref. Holisticherbalist.com /garcinia cambergia. The active constitute of Garcinia cambogia is HCA. It has been clinically proved to have  fat burning and appetite suppressing effect. In my practice I have observed that during the intake of Garcinia Combogia, one must take a  diet that is not rich in fiber.

Commiphora Mukul : Guggul lipid is known to reduce hypercholesterolemia and this effect combined with anti obesity and anti diabetic properties. Ref. New plant derived treatment for obesity and diabetes, described at ECO melting 2001-06-06 Mike Cawthorne presented results of a collaborative project between the Clore Laboratory, University of Buckingham, and Unilever Research to the II the European Congress on obesity,  30 may – 2 June 2001. Satyavati first reported reduction of body weight in both rabbits and humans, two of the subsequent  studies has been reported a significant reduction in body weight of obese subject using Guggul lipid. Ref. Sidhu L.S . Keerti Sharma, Puri AS and prakash As. Effect of Gum guggulu on body weight and subcutaneous tissue folds. J. Res. Indian Med. Yoga Homoea II (1976) 16  

In my practice I have observed that Commiphora Mukul is useful to reduce Obesity, but it should be purified by the process given in Ancient Ayurvedic Texts. Shuddha Guggul along with obesity relieving Herbs is an excellent remedy for Obesity. In Ayurveda, the Karshan property of Commiphora Mukul is mentioned. Several studies and research is still required.

I hope that some of the herbal remedies for weight loss mentioned above would help with the epidemic of obesity.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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