Herbs are used as spices, supplement of food and in many other ways to assist in weight control. Herbs that re used as spices help in digestion of food. It also stimulates gastric secretions and salivation. Bitter herbs like gentian and chamomile when taken as liquids or in the form of teas prior to eating helps in breakdown of fat and cholesterol and also stimulate gastric secretions. Herbs that are used as food help in increasing fiber and also expand dietary plant base like dried nettle leaf can be added to spaghetti sauce, sprouted fenugreek which modifies blood sugar and dandelion leaf which is a balanced diuretic can be added to salads. Green tea is the common herbal treatment of weight loss. Green tea not only contains antioxidants but also has thermo genic properties. So it produces heat in the body of the organism and increase consumption of energy and fat oxidation that makes the body to so you burn body fat faster.
Herbs that are used in weight loss therapy include herbs with anti-anxiety property, adaptogenic herbs and herbs that help in elimination like laxative, diuretics and digestives. Adaptogens are those herbs that have a normalizing influence on the body. These herbs moderate the stress response and so support immune function, helps to normalize glucose metabolism, improves resistance and increase energy. The herbs called digestive herbs are used in weight loss formulations which increase bile and gastric secretions and bowel motility or they are antispasmodic. Such herbs include fennel, peppermint, lemon balm, catnip and damiana
Last date updated on September, 2014