Homeopathic for Weight Loss It sounds unreal. There is a seriously reduced weight loss with homeopathy, especially with no exercise and following a regular diet. The best homeopathic medicines for weight loss are Calcarea carbonica and Nux vomica.
Obesity is a state or a medical condition in which so much fat has accumulated that it becomes a health problem. This should not be seen just from a cosmetic point of view. While most of the persons may be concerned about their looks if they are overweight, the detrimental effects are not confined to spoiling one’s looks. It predisposes one to a variety of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, spinal problems, arthritis, varicose veins and so on. A lot of these problems are related to high mortality rates. Therefore, one can easily say that obesity can directly or indirectly cause one’s lifespan to decrease.
The normal way to measure obesity is to calculate one’s Body Mass Index or BMI. It is calculated as follows-
e.g if one’s body weight is 75 kg and his height is 1.6m, his BMI will be 75/1.6×1.6 =29.29. So the BMI comes out to be 29.29.
Given below are the figures to see the normal BMI and what constitutes obesity. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered normal. Between 25 and 30, one is considered overweight and anything above that is obese.
Causes of Obesity or being overweight
There may be a lot of medical conditions that can cause one to gain weight or become obese. Some of the common conditions that cause obesity are Hypothyroidism or Polycystic Ovaries in the case of females. In such cases, it is important to treat the underlying cause to treat obesity and control or lose weight. In other cases, where there is no medical condition that has led to obesity, the causes are more related to one’s lifestyle. The modern lifestyle is to blame for this. There is hardly any physical activity in today’s urban life. One tends to have a completely sedentary lifestyle. The diet is full of calories. This may be due to an increase of junk food or due to packaged food. Today’s diet is far removed from nature. Fruits and vegetables are consumed in much lesser quantities than they should be.
Role of diet and exercise for weight loss or reducing obesity
Diet and lack of exercise are the two most important factors that contribute to obesity. While the modern day diet is becoming more and more full of fats, sweets and empty calories, it is becoming devoid of nutritious vitamins and minerals. The fibre content is also decreasing. One tends to stack up on junk food in an effort to take a quick bite while on the go. At the same time, physical activity is on the decline. One has increased access to vehicles and the need to walk or cycle is almost not present. Even for commuting short distances, one uses cars or two wheelers. All these things are readily contributing to this epidemic of obesity.
When it comes to getting rid of the excess fat, one needs to work conscientiously and consistently on both the counts mentioned above. One’s diet has to be altered so as to include more and more natural fruits and vegetables. Processed food and junk food should be cut down to the minimum. A daily exercise regimen needs to be adopted. Exercising for 30-40 minutes for a minimum of 5 days a week is necessary.
Homeopathy for Weight Loss or Obesity
Talking of Homeopathic treatment for weight loss or to cure obesity, Homeopathy does not offer any wonder cure for this problem. Homeopathy helps by regulating the metabolic system of the individual. There are more than 100 medicines listed in the Homeopathic literature for obesity. It is a tough job selecting the right medicine for a particular patient. One needs to take into account a lot of things before selecting the right course of treatment. These things relate to other symptoms or conditions that may be present or the person may be suffering from. A lot of importance is given to the reason, if any can be found that stimulated weight gain. This reason could be a particular illness or an event or some psychological setback in life. The general reaction of the person to extremes of temperature, his or heating habits also need to be taken into account.
Can homeopathy help you lose weight?
Homeopathy can help one lose weight considerably if followed with right dietary habits and regular exercise
If you’re one of those people who have tried hard to lose weight with exercise and a healthy diet, but have been unsuccessful in doing so, give homeopathy a try!
‘Homeopathy has been successfully employed as a mode of treatment for weight loss, for many years now in the Europe and South Asia. But one should understand that it is no miracle cure. The homeopathic treatment for losing weight is constitutional and it requires a detailed case history of the patient and proper evaluation for selecting a suitable constitutional remedy,’ informs Dr Shreepad Khedekar, director and homeopath, Imperial Clinics, Mumbai.
Unlike the other conventional medications that are prescribed just by diagnosing the symptoms, homeopathy needs a detailed case history and also family history of obesity to ascertain if one has a predisposition to obesity. ‘Fat stores are regulated over long periods of time by complex systems that involve input and feedback from fat tissues, the brain and endocrine glands like the pancreas and the thyroid,’ explains Dr Khedekar.
The practitioner might also ask one about the eating habits, lifestyle habits and other underlying health conditions before prescribing a remedy. ‘The tendencies to overeat and be sedentary, the diminished ability to use dietary fat as fuel and a high, easily stimulated capacity to store body fat are all genetically influenced. The variation in how individuals respond to the food-rich environment and the differences in acquiring obesity-related conditions are also genetically determined,’ says Dr Khedekar.
How does homeopathy work for weight loss?
Homeopathic remedies are made from sources like plant extracts, herbs and other natural substances that don’t have any side effect on the body unlike the conventional weight loss pills or treatments. Homeopathy works on a simple principle that the symptoms caused by a substance in its undiluted form can be reversed by the same substance in its diluted form. ‘Homeopathy attempts to correct digestive disorders, improve metabolism and help in easy elimination – the three main prerequisites for reducing weight. The medicines are prescribed after studying the pattern of symptoms as they appear in the patient,’ informs Dr Khedekar.
Unlike conventional medications that restrict the absorption of nutrients or induce a feeling of fullness, homeopathy drugs treat the symptoms that cause weight gain. ‘But remember homeopathy isn’t a magic cure. One needs proper diet and exercise regimen in place along with the medications to achieve desired weight loss goal,’ says Dr Khedekar. The homeopathic remedies are tailor made for one’s needs. What works for one isn’t going to work on the other as the basic reason and trigger for the condition of two different individual would differ.
Some of the common homeopathic drugs are as follows:
Calcarea Carbonica: This is prescribed to those who are obese and present with classic symptoms of the condition like excess abdominal fat, have low metabolism, sweat profusely mostly from the forehead, have difficulty in controlling appetite, eat to calm nerves, have an affinity towards foods like boiled eggs, suffer from indigestion and constipation. This medication is also offered to individuals who suffer from excessive weight gain due to an underlying thyroid condition.
Natrum Mur: This medication is prescribed to those who have excess weight gain in areas like the thighs and the buttocks. People who are obese and cannot tolerate the heat radiated from the sun, are anemic and suffer from underlying depression along with weight gain, are offered this homeopathic remedy.
Lycopodium: People with chronic gastritis problem like flatulence and constipation along with excessive weight in the thighs and buttocks can benefit from this remedy. Also people who are prescribed this medication are the ones who crave for sweet foods and eat far beyond their capacity. They typically have a short temper.
Nux Vomica: This remedy is usually offered to people who have gained excessive body fat due to a sedentary lifestyle. Such people usually have a strong affinity towards spicy and fatty foods and stimulants like coffee and alcoholic drinks, have intolerance to cold air, suffer from constipation and extreme anger.
Antimonium Crudum: This medication is usually given to very obese children. Children who are prescribed this drug are also the ones who are extremely irritable and have a short temper. Such children usually suffer from alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation due to over eating. They mostly have craving for acidic foods like pickles or other spicy dishes and can benefit from this drug to suppress the symptom
Weight Loss with Homeopathy: Case Series
WHO defines overweight as a BMI (Body Mass Index) equal or more than 25, and obesity as a BMI equal or more than 30. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Once associated with high-income countries, obesity is now also prevalent in low- and middle-income countries. According to WebMd website; being obese means having so much body fat that your health is in danger. Having too much body fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke.
Case Series of 3 Patients
A young married man aged 27 was seen for low self-confidence, early ejaculation, obesity being 140 kg, nightmares, knee pain on ascending and some other symptoms on Sept. 19, 2008. Calcerea carbonica 30c was selected as his constitutional remedy
His case was taken again and Lachesis was prescribed on Jan. 28, 2009. A single dose of Lach 30c was taken by the patient, 17 weeks after the 1st session. He experienced a weight loss of 105.8 kg. In February of 2010 his weight lowered to 105.8, a loss of 34.2 kg. His BMI that was 41.385 lowered to 31.255, i.e. a loss of 10.130
A married woman aged 37, post-graduate student of Human Genetics, was seen because of Lupus disease and generalized articular pains. She also suffered from muscular laxity leading to strained patellar ligament, several years before being seen. She also complained of constipation and did not have good relationship with her husband and her daughter. Sepia 30c was selected for her. Seventeen drops of the 1st glass was given to her. Her feeling changed towards her family so that she developed better relationship with them. Her pains reduced remarkably, constipation improved; she felt more energetic and started walking daily. As a matter of fact, she lost 9 kg in about 4 months after taking Homeopathic remedy of Sepia
A young male aged 32, was seen for severe obesity on March, 9, 2014. He got angry easily. Besides he was very lazy and inactive, suffered from bulimia, hypertension, and would internalize his emotions. Low self-confidence, insomnia, cigarette smoking, knee pain were the other symptoms. Lycopodium clavatum was selected based on his totality of symptoms. A single dose of Lycopodium LM1, 15 drops, was taken by him. A weight reduction of 3 kg was reported after 18 days of taking the remedy
How Good is Homeopathic Medicine for Weight Loss?
Homeopathy focuses on plants, minerals, and animal products for the treatment. Thus, there is a belief that homeopathic medicine for weight loss is highly beneficial and has side effects free. Still, there is not enough medical evidence to prove its effectiveness.
- The research rate on the efficacy of homeopathy for weight loss is limited
- Its effectiveness or side effects may vary from person to person
- It is always good to get consultation from the physician before concluding
Most of the time, people estimate gaining excess weight is a sign of health. However, gaining excess weight is called obesity, or being overweight is a state which can cause many health problems. Hence treatment at the right time is highly recommended. Treatment knowing the reason can show a better result. There are several factors for obesity; it may cause hormonal imbalance, primarily seen in pregnant women. In addition, certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, PCOD, and in some cases, it is genetic when a parent or both are overweight, children may get into the same situation. This is the most common reason for weight gain, unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity. In today’s lifestyle, it is easy to practice unhealthy eating and less engagement with physical activity. Sometimes emotional disbalance can cause lead to the habit of overeating. Hence treatment at the right time is highly recommended. Having homeopathic medicine for weight loss or any other medication is an easy step for the problem, but how advantageous is it?