Home Remedies for Losing Weight

•Increase the quantity of fruits and vegetables and low calorie foods.
•Avoid intake of too much salt as it may be a factor for increasing body weight.
•Milk products like cheese, butter etc. and non-vegetarian foods should be avoided as they are rich in fat.
•Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. A chutney of green mint with some simple spices can be taken with meals. Mint tea
also helps.
•Spices like dry ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight and can be used in a number of ways.
•Regular intake of carrot juice.
•Avoid rice and potato, which contain a lot of carbohydrates. Among cereals wheat is good.
•Vegetables like bitter gourd (Karela), and bitter variety of drumstick are useful in loosing weight.
•Honey is an excellent home remedy for obesity. It mobilizes the extra deposited fat in the body allowing it to be utilized as
energy for normal functions.
•Dosage: One should start with small quantity of about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning. A
teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice may also be added.
•Fasting on honey and lime- juice is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity without the loss of energy and appetite. For
this, mix one teaspoon of fresh honey with the juice of half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water.
•Dosage: Take several times a day at regular intervals.
•Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight
•Exercise is an important part of any weight reduction plan. It helps to use up calories stored in body as fat.
•Walking is the best exercise to begin with and may be followed by running, swimming or rowing.
•The gum of Commiphora Mukul called 'guggulu' is the drug of choice for the treatment of obesity.
Preparation of Home Remedies
According to ayurveda home remedies are prepared in the same way and with the same purpose as other ayurvedic
medicines. The main aim is to obtain the maximum therapeutic benefit while making it palatable.
Some common methods of preparing home remedies are:
•The juice may be taken from the fresh leaves, flowers or stems of the herb. The part of the herb used should be crushed or
ground in a mortar and pestle, to make a paste. This paste should be put in a piece of cloth and squeezed to take out the
•Dosage: One to two tablespoons twice a day.
•Dried herbs are used for powders. The herbs are usually dried in a cool, shady and well-ventilated place, although some
herbs are dried in direct sunlight. The herbs are then ground into a fine powder and stored in a dry, airtight bottle. The powder
may be taken with water, or if specified, with milk or honey.
•Dosage: Half to one teaspoon twice a day
•A decoction is prepared by boiling the herb in water (ratio: 1 part herb to 16 parts water). The herbs are broken into pieces
and soaked in water overnight. This mixture is then boiled until it reduces to one quarter of the original volume. It is then
filtered and stored in a glass bottle.
•Dosage: One to two tablespoons twice a day.
•Herbs are soaked in water to make an infusion (ratio: 1 part herb to 8 parts water). Hot infusions result from adding herbs to
hot water, or gently heating but not boiling the mixture. This is strained and taken internally. Herbal teas are forms of hot
infusions. Cold infusions are made from soaking the herb overnight. Honey can be added.
•Dosage: half to one cup once or twice day.
•A paste can be made from either fresh or dried herbs. The flowers, roots, stems, leaves or bark are ground and mixed with
water. Pastes are mainly used for external application, in cases of cuts, burns and swellings. The paste should be thick
enough to be applied in a layer to the skin.
•The herbs should be first dried separately and then mixed together in a powder form, in fixed proportions. Water or herbal
juice can be added to this powder to make a paste, from which tablets of a specific size or weight are made. Tablets remain
potent longer than juices, powders, pastes or decoctions.
•Dosage: 1 or 2 tablets twice a day.
Medicated ghee and oil
•Ghee is cooked with herbal juices, decoctions or pastes. The ghee should be heated with the herbal mixture at a moderate,
controlled temperature. High temperatures can easily burn the ghee or oil, destroying its effectiveness. Medicated ghee and
oils are either used internally or massaged externally.
•Dosage: Half to one tablespoon.

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