There is no miracle cure for obesity, and most reputable weight loss solutions emphasize that diet, exercise and behavioral changes are more important than weight loss medications. Whether you choose natural weight loss or herbal weight loss, you will be required to adhere to a strict, healthy diet and exercise in conjunction with the remedy or herb that may have been prescribed.
Homeopathy has been a popular mode of treatment in the Europe and some parts of Southeast Asia. It is now catching the fancy of the American public, more so because all homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances like herbs, plants and metals.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that symptoms produced by a substance in its undiluted form are cured by the same substance in its diluted form. For example, arsenic is a poisonous substance that produces symptoms like stomach cramps and vomiting if ingested. Homeopathy states that if you are suffering from stomach cramps and vomiting due to any reason, the symptoms can be cured by taking arsenicum album, a remedy prepared from arsenic.
This may make the inexperienced a bit wary of homeopathy. The important thing to remember is that the degree of dilution of homeopathic remedies is so large that the percentage of the original substance cannot be determined in the prepared remedy. It may appear to some that a few drops of a highly diluted substance may not be effective but studies have since long established that homeopathic remedies can be highly effective when prescribed by a proper and detailed study of the symptoms of the patient.
Basically 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. A homeopath questions the patient extensively before prescribing the remedy for the individual.
Homeopathic herbs for obesity are tailored to the patient. For example, if an obese individual has a craving for sweets, the remedy is Argentum nitricum. But if an obese patient has difficulty in controlling appetite, eats to calm down nerves, suffers from indigestion and craves hot foods and eggs, the remedy is Calcarea carbonica. Ignatia is prescribed for people who show symptoms of anxiety and fear. Capsicum is suggested when obesity is accompanied by laziness. Nux Vomica is prescribed for a person who indulges in overeating and drinking and prefers rich fatty foods.
Conventional medications for obesity inhibit absorption of nutrients or induce a feeling of satiation through drugs. Such drugs have never been approved by the FDA and are known to cause side effects like weakness, nausea, vomiting and bowel disorders. On the other hand, homeopathic remedies are safe and work in unison with a regulation diet.
The opinion is divided on the use of combinations. Some experts feel that only one remedy should be given at a time and changed if it does not improve the symptoms. However, combinations of homeopathic remedies for obesity have given positive results to millions of patients. One can hardly argue with results.