Obesity is a condition which occurs when excess of the fat gets accumulated in our body to suchan extent that it leads to various other health problems. It is one of the major health problems worldwide. Various health problems that are caused by obesity include knee pain, joints pain,heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. There are number of excellent herbs that can effectively keep obesity at bay. Along with these herbs, one needs to follow nutritional diet and healthy lifestyle in order to treat obesity.
Causes of obesity
Obesity is caused by overeating. Lack of physical activity, poor diet and family history are some of the other causes of this problem. Sometimes, some underlying medical conditions may even lead to obesity.
Top 10 wonderful Herbs for treating obesity
Triphala is a mixture of three herbs Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) and Amalaki (Phyllanthus Emblica). It is one of the richest source of vitamin C and calcium and hence it provides nourishment to the whole body and eliminates the toxins as well. It helps to clear excess of fats from the body and an important herbal mixture for weight loss.
Vrikshamla (Garcinia indica) is another wonderful herb that is used to treat obesity. It contains hydroxycitric acid which blocks the citrate lyase, an enzyme that assists the body in the formation of fat and in turn, prevents accumulation of fat in the body. It also lowers the level of cholesterol in the body, thereby helps in weight loss.
Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a digestive and carminative herb that is popularly used to improve digestion, to treat bloating and intestinal worms as well. This herb helps in balancing Vata and Kapha dosha. It stimulates digestive fire hence helps in improving metabolism. Healthy metabolism helps to maintain healthy weight.
Another wonderful herb that is used in Ayurveda to treat obesity, is Agnimantha (Clerodendrum phlomidis). The diuretic property of this herb promotes weight loss by increasing the frequency & output of urination. This herb helps in balancing Vata and Kapha dosha. This herb not only promotes weight loss, but also beneficial in constipation, bloating, altered digestion as well as metabolism.
Ashok (Saraca asoca) is also an excellent herb that has bitter, astringent and pungent taste. This herb alleviates kapha dosha which is responsible for obesity. Being cooling and soothing in nature, this herb is used for treating several other health conditions as well such as dysentery,piles, menstrual disorders, etc.
Mustak (Cyprus rotendus) is a weed that is widely used to treat obesity as well as fever. Abnormal metabolic fire leads to obstruction of channels through which energy is managed in the body and hence leads to indigestion. These blocked channels in turn causes obesity and this herb helps in opening up of these blocked channels, thereby helps in the removal of extra fat from the body tissues.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) is also one of an important herb used for weight loss. Guggul extract contains guggulsterone which helps in lowering the level of cholesterol in the body. This herb stimulates thyroid functions which maintains the healthy metabolic rate and hence fastens the process of weight loss.
Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) is an extremely bitter herb which has blood purifying property. This herb is also used to control obesity by helping the body to get rid of extra fat and toxins.
9. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is an excellent herb not only for treating obesity but for various other health problems as well. This herb increases the fat absorption and hence leads to better energy consumption. It is an excellent herb to remove the toxins from the body.
Another wonderful herb is Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), which is found in colder areas of India. It improves digestion, elevates metabolism in the body and thereby helps in weight loss too.