By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published May 18, 2016, Last updated November 30, 2016
Obesity or excess of fat is a worldwide epidemic that is increasing day by day. It is much more prevalent in US, Canada and other parts of the western world. This does not in any way mean that it is absent in Asia or Africa. The percentages might be a little lower but the trend is upwards only.
Understanding Obesity (मोटापा किसे कहते हैं ?)
Obesity is a state or a medical condition in which so much fat has accumulated that it becomes a health problem. This should not be seen just from a cosmetic point of view. While most of the persons may be concerned about their looks if they are overweight, the detrimental effects are not confined to spoiling one’s looks. It predisposes one to a variety of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, spinal problems, arthritis, varicose veins and so on. A lot of these problems are related to high mortality rates. Therefore, one can easily say that obesity can directly or indirectly cause one’s lifespan to decrease.
The normal way to measure obesity is to calculate one’s Body Mass Index or BMI. It is calculated as follows-
e.g if one’s body weight is 75 kg and his height is 1.6m, his BMI will be 75/1.6×1.6 =29.29. So the BMI comes out to be 29.29.
Given below are the figures to see the normal BMI and what constitutes obesity. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered normal. Between 25 and 30, one is considered overweight and anything above that is obese.
Causes of Obesity or being overweight (मोटापे या बढ़े हुए वज़न के कारण )
There may be a lot of medical conditions that can cause one to gain weight or become obese. Some of the common conditions that cause obesity are Hypothyroidism or Polycystic Ovaries in the case of females. In such cases, it is important to treat the underlying cause to treat obesity and control or lose weight. In other cases, where there is no medical condition that has led to obesity, the causes are more related to one’s lifestyle. The modern lifestyle is to blame for this. There is hardly any physical activity in today’s urban life. One tends to have a completely sedentary lifestyle. The diet is full of calories. This may be due to an increase of junk food or due to packaged food. Today’s diet is far removed from nature. Fruits and vegetables are consumed in much lesser quantities than they should be.
Role of diet and exercise for weight loss or reducing obesity (मोटापे में खाने की भूमिका )
Diet and lack of exercise are the two most important factors that contribute to obesity. While the modern day diet is becoming more and more full of fats, sweets and empty calories, it is becoming devoid of nutritious vitamins and minerals. The fibre content is also decreasing. One tends to stack up on junk food in an effort to take a quick bite while on the go. At the same time, physical activity is on the decline. One has increased access to vehicles and the need to walk or cycle is almost not present. Even for commuting short distances, one uses cars or two wheelers. All these things are readily contributing to this epidemic of obesity.
When it comes to getting rid of the excess fat, one needs to work conscientiously and consistently on both the counts mentioned above. One’s diet has to be altered so as to include more and more natural fruits and vegetables. Processed food and junk food should be cut down to the minimum. A daily exercise regimen needs to be adopted. Exercising for 30-40 minutes for a minimum of 5 days a week is necessary.
Homeopathy for Weight Loss or Obesity (वज़न या मोटापा घटाने में होमियोपैथी कैसे सहायक है)
Talking of Homeopathic treatment for weight loss or to cure obesity, Homeopathy does not offer any wonder cure for this problem. Homeopathy helps by regulating the metabolic system of the individual. There are more than 100 medicines listed in the Homeopathic literature for obesity. It is a tough job selecting the right medicine for a particular patient. One needs to take into account a lot of things before selecting the right course of treatment. These things relate to other symptoms or conditions that may be present or the person may be suffering from. A lot of importance is given to the reason, if any can be found that stimulated weight gain. This reason could be a particular illness or an event or some psychological setback in life. The general reaction of the person to extremes of temperature, his or heating habits also need to be taken into account.
5 Best Homeopathic remedies for weight loss or obesity or being overweight (वज़न या मोटापा घटाने के लिए ५ श्रेष्ठतम होम्योपैथिक दवाएं )
Here I am listing some of the most frequently used homeopathic remedies for weight loss or obesity. These 5 remedies are suited for different patients depending upon the symptoms and causes of obesity. Therefore a careful selection of the right remedy for each and every patient is needed. At times, one has to go beyond this small list of medicines as not every case can fit into the symptoms or indications of these 5 homeopathic remedies for weight loss.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for obesity or weight loss-
A brief description of the indications of these medicines is being given here. This does not in any way mean that all symptoms of each individual medicine have been given here. At the same time, it does not mean that these 5 medicines can take care of all cases of obesity.
1. Calcarea Carb-One of the best Homeopathic medicines for obesity in childhood (कैलकेरिया कार्ब – बचपन में मोटापे के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा )
When the obesity starts early in life, Calcarea Carb is one of the best homeopathic medicine for obesity. It is a great homeopathic remedy for children who grow fat and are pot bellied. Even the head is large sized. There is excessive sweating on the head. This sweating is more pronounced while sleeping. The pillow gets wet when the child sleeps. The child is usually anaemic even when he seems to be quite obese. There is a desire for eating some indigestible things like chalk, earth, lime and paper. The child is fond of eggs, salt and sweet things. The child is quite sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate cold air or low temperatures. The head remains icy cold. The digestive system is sluggish and the child is often constipated.
2. Antim Crudum-One of the best Homeopathic remedies for weight loss or obesity with thin legs (
एन्टम क्रूडम – पतली टांगों के साथ मोटापे के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा )
When the excess fat is centred on the upper body with the legs being thin and weak, Antim Crudum is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for weight loss. It is also a good medicine for obesity in young people. Such patients are quite fond of eating. In fact, this medicine is very well suited for people who are known gluttons. He likes acidic things like pickles. The tongue has a thick white coating. There is a lot of irritability and the person cannot afford to be contradicted. In the case of children, the child is so irritable that he does not even like to be looked at. Such people cannot tolerate heat as well as bathing in cold water.
3. Graphites-One of the best homeopathic medicines for obesity during menopause (ग्रेफाइट्स – रजोनिवृत्ति के समय मोटापे के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा)
When a lady tends to gain weight around menopause, Graphites is one of the best homeopathic medicines for obesity. Even during the young age, the females have delayed menses. The patient may have lot of skin eruptions. The defining feature of this homeopathic remedy is that the skin eruptions ooze thick sticky discharge. The patient usually suffers from constipation. There is an increased sensitiveness to cold.
4. Ferrum Met-One of the best Homeopathic medicines for obesity with anemia (फेरम मेट – खून की कमी के साथ मोटापे के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा )
When the patient has anemia despite being fat, Ferrum Met is one of the best homeopathic medicines for obesity. The skin is pale and so are the mucous membranes. There may be flushing of the face despite being anemic. The hands and feet remain cold. The muscles are flabby and relaxed. The patient is so weak that walking or talking can be difficult. There may be palpitation of the heart that is worse by any and every movement.
5. Capsicum-One of the best Homeopathic medicines for weight loss or obesity with indolence (कैप्सिकम – आलस के साथ मोटापे के लिए उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवा )
When one is mentally and physically sluggish and indolent, Capsicum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for obesity. The patient does not like any physcial exertion and does not feel like doing anything that is not his or her routine. The patient is usually chilly and feels lack of warmth at all times. It is also a good medicine for alcoholics and there is a lot of craving for alcohol and other stimulants. The digestion is slow and sluggish.