Can you lose weight with herbal medicine?

[Article updated on 19/09/2023]

,Do you want to lose weight ? Know that it’s not just diets. I am going to introduce you to a treatment called herbal medicine. Find out everything there is to know about herbal medicine to lose weight.

Before reading on

I’m not an expert in this field, but I am passionate about nutrition and health.

The articles you’ll find on my site are the result of in-depth research that I’d like to share with you. However, I would like to stress that I am not a health professional and that my advice should in no way replace that of a qualified physician. I’m here to guide you, but it’s important that you consult a professional for specific questions or medical concerns. Your well-being is important. So be sure to consult the appropriate experts and take the best possible care of yourself.

Phytotherapy is therapeutic treatment based on plant extracts and natural active elements. Its purpose is to treat or alleviate the disease. Herbal medicine can also be used for preventive purposes.

What plants For losing weight ?

The many and varied plants that help you lose weight can include the following groups:

  • Help reduce appetite: “appetite suppressant” plants;
  • Generate a feeling of a full stomach (satiety if you prefer), or ballast substances;
  • Optimize urinary elimination: “diuretic” plants;
  • And, slow down the intestinal absorption of ingested fats.

“Appetite suppressant” plants

Apart from its stimulating properties, caffeine has an appetite suppressant effect. Plants abundant in caffeine, such as guarana, mate, coffee and tea, help optimize weight loss. However, the appetite-suppressing effects of caffeine are limited and are limited if you drink a lot of it.

In 2012, due to the lack of evidence of certain effectiveness, health authorities in Europe removed from the market food supplements containing caffeine and claiming to help lose weight or maintain optimal weight, by increasing basic metabolism ( in order to consume calories) or by optimizing the use of fat by the body.

Ballast substances

I also use seaweed to optimize my weight loss. The latter are based on their fiber intake and their ability to attract water from food. These specificities would offer the possibility of being satisfied more quickly and for a longer period of time. However, there are no clinical studies justifying its use, especially in the long term.

Likewise, pectins from lemons and apples are often offered to increase the feeling of satiety. However, there is currently no formal proof of this. In 2012, in the absence of proof of certain effectiveness, health authorities in Europe removed from the market food supplements incorporating pectins and claiming to optimize the feeling of satiety with the aim of reducing calorie intake.

Diuretic plants

For more than 70 years, multiple and varied diuretic plants have been offered in products whose objective is weight gain: tea tree, coffee tree, orthosiphon, pilosella, birch, dandelion, field horsetail, blackcurrant and even cherry. The latter have the specificity of optimizing the removal of water present in the body and therefore reducing weight fairly quickly, without the fat mass being impacted. The use of these plants in products whose aim is to lose weight is not justified, or even harmful. I recommend you avoid them!

And finally, the substances which would stop fat absorption

Whether they come from psyllium seeds, fenugreek seeds or algae, there are fibers with the specificity of maintaining fats present in ingested foods, therefore stopping their absorption via the intestine. However, there is no study that has reliably validated this possibility.

Y Are there any risks in losing weight with herbal medicine?

Excess caffeine causes multiple adverse effects. Here is a list of these: nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia or even stomach irritation. I also inform you that caffeine is not recommended for individuals affected by heart problems, anxiety, gastric ulcers or high blood pressure.

Also avoid products with ephedra (controversial medicinal plant) and not authorized in multiple countries, but still offered on the web. Various cases of poisoning have also been discovered following the use of products containing bitter orange extracts (bitter orange), mainly when the latter were mixed with caffeine. I recommend that you avoid them, especially if you are diabetic, have glaucoma, heart problems, hypertension, thyroid problems or even depression.

Consistent use of seaweed can cause an excessive presence of iodine. This excess can lead to thyroid problems. Pectins stop the absorption of multiple nutrients. So, I advise you to use them in a short period of time and especially not over several days in a row. Finally, diabetic individuals using fenugreek seeds should pay close attention to their blood sugar levels.

Pcould we lose weight with tea?

I lost weight with tea so the answer is yes! This is even more true for green tea. The latter is an excellent drink for losing weight. The numerous antioxidants present, and especially EGCG, optimize the oxidation of fat cells.

In addition, green tea has a draining action and optimizes the elimination of waste, even more so when lemon is used. In addition, tea also has the virtue of allowing optimal functioning of cells.

You will have understood, herbal medicine to lose weight is an excellent solution. Don’t hesitate to test it!