You’ve probably used homeopathic remedies such as arnica to prevent bruising, or Oscillococcinum for the flu. But for weight loss? Based on the principle “like cures like,” homeopathic remedies start with a substance that, in healthy people, would actually cause the symptoms the remedy is meant to alleviate.
These substances are then diluted several times in succession so that only a very small part (an “essence”) of the original remains—not enough to harm, but enough to stimulate the body’s own innate healing capabilities. In the case of weight loss, homeopathic preparations are thought to work by stimulating the body’s metabolism to burn more fat.
Homeopathy is no substitute for diet and exercise, but is often recommended to augment weight loss by addressing underlying issues that may be impeding progress. The following preparations are commonly prescribed by homeopaths for weight loss, depending on a person’s “constitutional type,” which takes into account the patient’s personality and physical characteristics. This guide can help you choose the right formula to assist you in your weight-loss efforts. For a personalized prescription, see a homeopath (find one in your area by visiting the National Center for Homeopathy at homeopathycenter.org).
Made from oyster shells, Calcareacarbonica is indicated for people who carry excess fat in the abdomen and who have a very low metabolism, resulting in obesity. These patients have a tendency to perspire profusely, especially on the head.
They are sensitive to cold temperatures, tend to be more obese around the waist, and are usually slow in movement. Due to a sluggish metabolic activity, these patients are almost always constipated. They can be emotionally very sensitive. Calcarea carbonica is also considered if excess weight gain is due to thyroid problems, and can be effective in reducing weight gain that has occurred during pregnancy.
Natrum Mur is recommended when fat is concentrated in the thighs and buttocks as compared to other parts of the body. It can be effective if the person has gained excess weight due to continuous stress or depression. The important constitutional symptoms include excessive heat in the patient’s body and intolerance toward the heat of the sun. The patients who may benefit from Natrum mur usually suffer from anemia, and crave extra salt in their diet. It is indicated if the patient has weeping tendencies, especially when alone, or has a reserved nature.
This is one of the most useful homeopathic remedies for fat loss. It is used mainly when the thighs and buttock areas have excess fat, as with Natrum mur. However, the patients who may benefit from Lycopodium are chronic sufferers of gastric troubles such as flatulence and constipation. They have a tendency to crave sweet foods. They also indulge in hot drinks and hot food. They show a tendency to eat far beyond their capacity, resulting in a bloated abdomen. Emotionally, they are irritable and easily roused to anger. Lycopodium is also recommended for patients who have gained excessive weight due to hypothyroidism.
Nux vomica is recommended if excess weight is due to sedentary habits. Those who may benefit from Nux vomica chronically suffer from constipation. They like spicy food, fatty food, and stimulants like coffee or alcoholic drinks. Emotionally, they may get angry to an extreme degree. Intestinal issues are also likely.
This homeopathic remedy is recommended for losing weight when depression has led to obesity and excess weight gain. It is commonly recommended for those who usually eat to a great extent due to sadness, and consequently gain weight. They have a fickle mood that often changes from sadness to happiness and from laughter to tears.
This remedy is often indicated for weight loss in women who have gained excess weight due to perimenopause or menopause because of hormonal changes. Graphites, made from carbon, is often recommended for women who are sad, cannot tolerate cold air, and suffer from chronic constipation. It is also recommended for edema caused by excessive salt in the diet and PMS. The Graphites personality type is quiet and pleasant.
This is indicated for overweight patients who carry excess fat in the upper body as compared to the legs, which are usually thin. It often works for obese patients who are sluggish and always feel tired and weak. They usually have a sedentary lifestyle and are sensitive to cold air.
Did You Know…
Calcarea carbonica is indicated for people who carry excess fat in the abdomen.
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