Homeopathic remedies may be helpful for stimulating weight loss in certain individuals. Homeopathic remedies are diluted filtrations of a substance that produces similar symptoms when administered at full strength to those symptoms exhibited by conditions found in overweight individuals, such as thyroid dysfunction. By stimulating the individual's natural response to an irritation or other stimulus, homeopathic medicine allows the body to heal itself.
Treating overweight with homeopathy may not fully resolve the condition. Consult a homeopath for a complete treatment plan to lose weight.
Fucus vesicelosus, or sea kelp, may be helpful in treating thyroid conditions and promote weight loss, according to the "Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicines." Fucus in its natural form, is high in iodine. As a homeopathic dilution, the iodine content is negligible; however, the potentized remedy has the ability to stimulate the thyroid into producing and synthesizing more thyroid hormone. This action on the thyroid revs up the metabolism allowing for weight loss.
In addition, the homeopathic remedy can suppress the thyroid from over-producing thyroid hormone if administered in higher potencies and a large enough dose. Fucus should never be self-administered; and only be used under the supervision of a homeopath for best results.
Iodum is another homeopathic remedy that may be useful in weight control for some people with thyroid conditions; and in particular, hyperthyroidism. As a dilution of iodine, the remedy may be useful for treating problems stemming from an overactive thyroid, including increased appetite leading to obesity. In certain cases, Iodum may be able to help regulate the thyroid gland. The remedy is indicated for people who are very nervous, jittery and hot. This remedy should also, only be used under the supervision of a homeopathic practitioner.
Antimonium crudum may assist in raising the metabolism and increasing digestion and elimination, according to Holistic Online. This remedy is indicated for symptoms arising from sluggish digestion and assimilation of food, similar to that found in many patients suffering from a slower metabolism. The individual needing Antimonium crudum may have bouts of indigestion with bloating, belching and gas accompanied by a white, heavily coated tongue. A homeopath should be consulted for proper dosing and treatment guidelines.
Calcarea carbonica may help people who overeat calm themselves and settle their nerves. The overweight individual may experience issues relating to poor assimilation of food and slow digestion, including an imbalance of the stomach acids, leading to hyperchlorhydria. There may be indigestion, acid reflux, flatulence and bloating. In addition, thyroid problems may be present, including goitre, which may contribute to overeating. A leading indicator for this remedy is the craving for eggs in all forms. Consult with a homeopath for the correct potency and dose for weight loss.
Kali Carbonicum may help overweight individuals who feel cold all the time and suffer from chronic backache. This is another homeopathic remedy that may work well for people who have a sluggish metabolism. The individual may experience chronic constipation, indigestion, belching and a sour taste in the mouth, writes homeopath Roger Morrison in the "Desktop Guide." Drinking ice-cold drinks aggravates the person and may cause nausea and vomiting. The person may suffer from chronic infections such as bronchitis or sinusitis, which are leading indications for needing this remedy. A homeopath will be able to ascertain which remedy an individual may need to achieve greatest results for weight loss.
- "Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicines"; Dr. S.R. Phatak; 1988
- "Desktop Guide"; Dr. Roger Morrison; 1993
- Holistic Online: Weight Control Infocenter