Obesity and Homeopathy [Simple and Easy Weight Loss Tips]

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Guest Post Written by Dr. Sayeed Ahmad (The Author)

INTRODUCTION

Obesity can be best described as the most common nutritional disorder especially in the affluent group of people. But it is now getting fairly common in not-so-affluent people also. It is a condition in which excessive accumulation of fat takes place in the body due to the intake of food in excess of physiological requirements.

Therefore, over-nutrition is as much malnutrition as under-nutrition is.

An excess of 50 calories per day can increase about 25 Kilograms (Kgs) in a period of ten years.

Weight bears the relationship with age, sex and bone structure. Obesity or over-weight has been classified into three types as follows, depending upon the excess in normal weight.

Mildly obese: 10-15%
Moderately obese: 10-20%
Very obese: 20% and above.

CAUSES OF OBESITY:

Obesity is generally caused by two factors:

  1. Exogenous – Overeating or intake of excessive calories compared to physical work or exercise
  2. Endogenous — Due to inherent metabolic disturbance of the body. [click to tweet]

Bad eating habits are also the factors contributing to obesity. Obesity is rarely seen amongst active persons and it is more common in those with sedentary habits. Obesity can occur both in male and female at any age.

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF OBESITY:

    1. Obesity reduces the life expectancy.
    2. Obesity may result in the following medical conditions:
      1. Abdominal Hernias.
      2. Varicose Veins.
      3. Flat Feet.
      4. Bronchitis.
      5. Osteoarthritis of Knee, Hips and Lumber Spine.
    3. Due to poor reflexes, liable to fall down on slippery floors.
    4. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): It leads to greater wear and tear of the entire vascular system and consequently it doubles the risk of cardio-vascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. It may also cause damage to kidneys.
    5. Metabolic disorders such as :
      1. Gout.
      2. Cholesterol in Arteries.
      3. Stone in Gall Bladder.
      4. Diabetes Mellitus.

HOW TO REDUCE THE WEIGHT (OBESITY)

It is estimated that an active person will burn about 12-13 calories a day per pound of body weight. Therefore, a person having weight 140 pounds will need roughly 1700-1800 calories a day to maintain that weight, and less to reduce it. This can be used as a guideline for planning weight loss programme, by reducing calorie intake.

It is already stated that obesity is caused by intake of excess calorie and furthermore the lack of physical work or exercise is also one of the contributory factors. Thus, reducing weight means one has to reduce calorie intake by reducing his high-calorie diet. It may, therefore, be suggested to an obese adult to stick to his daily diet providing 1300 KiloCalorie (Kcal) which may help in reducing about 0.5 – 1 Kg a week.

A balanced Diet

A balanced diet contains adequate amounts of Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals. Once the body weight comes to the standard level according to the height, the weight maintenance diets (adequate in Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals) should be taken to keep weight constant i. e. between 1700-1800 kcal. Therefore, daily diet should contain a balanced amount of cereals, pulses, green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, roots, fruits, milk, fats and oils, sugar and jaggery, and groundnut.

Diet Tips:

      1. You may not eat or drink the following :
        1. Alcoholic Drinks.
        2. Butter, Margarine.
        3. Cakes, Pan Cakes, Cookies, Doughnuts, Pastries, Pies.
        4. Candy, Chocolates, Nuts.
        5. Creams, Cheese.
        6. French Fried Potatoes, Potato Chips.
        7. Pizza, Snack Foods.
        8. Gelatin Desserts, Puddings (Sugar-Sweetened).
        9. Gravies and Sauces.
        10. Jams, Jellies, Sugar and Syrup.
        11. Ice Cream, Ices, Ice Milk, Sherbets.
        12. Muffins, Waffles.
        13. Soda (Sugar-Sweetened).
      2. Cut down on salt and sugar.
      3. Eat from a small plate.
      4. Do not skip meals – else being hungry you will overeat at the next meal.
      5. Do not eat while you are out of home
      6. Do not be tempted by prohibited foods. Keep tempting foods out of sight.
      7. Do not eat while reading, watching TV, Video or games, etc.
      8. Control your urge to eat excessively.
      9. Eat little at dinner.
      10. Eat in the same place invariably.
      11. Chew your food completely, never gulp it.
      12. Do not eat between meals except raw carrots.
      13. Drink 7-10 glasses of water a day.
      14. Walk after night meal.
      15. Be vegetarian to lose weight.
      16. Use skimmed milk instead of full-fat milk.
      17. Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol

Other Tips

      1. Set a long term weight loss goal.
      2. Buy a reliable scale to weight yourself and a kitchen scale to weight your food.
      3. Weigh yourself quite often.
      4. When you are angry, drink water.
      5. Walk and exercise daily in the morning.
      6. Shop only after eating.

HOMŒOPATHIC MEDICINES

 1. AMMONIUM CARB.

Fat patients with a weak heart. For women who are tired and weary and take cold easily and lead a sedentary life. Dry coryza and stoppage of the nose, chiefly at night, with danger of suffocation. With long continued coryza, can only breathe through the mouth. Women with premature and too copious menses, with emission of black and acrid blood. Sadness, with disposition to weep. The timidity of character. Disgust with life. Heedlessness. The great absence of mind and weakness of memory. Vertigo, on reading in a sitting posture. Chilly patient with great sensitiveness to cold open air, < in wet, stormy weather ; from washing ; > by warmth.

 2. AMMONIUM MUR.

In case the body is fat and legs are thin. With large buttocks. Full of grief, but cannot weep. Irritability and disposition to be angry. Very severe ulcerative pain in the heel, > by rubbing. The feet get very cold in the evening in bed.

 3. ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM.

Children and young person with a tendency to grow fat with coated moist white tongue. The subject needing this remedy may belch a great deal, and the eructations may taste of the ingesta. Bloating after eating. < By heat is a marked characteristic. The symptoms are < in the heat of the Sun. Nails discoloured and deformed. Corns and callous excrescences on the feet. Alternate diarrhœa and constipation especially in aged persons.

 4. AURUM METALLICUM.

Fat patients with Arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. With fatty degeneration of the heart. Patients with melancholy, hopelessness, profound depression, the tendency to suicide and longing for death. Pain in heart region extending down left arm to fingers. Chilliness predominates ; coldness of hands and feet, sometimes lasting all night.

 5. CALCAREA CARBONICA.

This is the main remedy for reducing obesity. The characteristic symptom is sweating on the forehead which wets the pillow when sleeping. It should be given in 200 potency with weekly repetition. This can be prescribed to obese children also. The patient’s hand is soft, warm, and moist ; a boneless hand with clammy feet. Great sensitiveness to cold, damp air. Dread of bathing and water. Great weakness on ascending, on walking and talking.

 6. CALOTROPIS GIGANTEA.

This medicine is helpful in reducing the obesity without decreasing the weight i. e. flesh will be decreased, the muscles will become harder and firmer. Heat in stomach is a good guiding symptom.

 7. CAPSICUM.

It is particularly suited to people who are weak of lax fibre and who have little vital heat. The digestion is poor and they suffer from myalgia (aching and jerking of muscles). They have burning pains but hate the cold. Often indicated in old people who have exhausted their vitality. This remedy is very suitable for children also. The mental state shows home-sickness. > From heat is the most important modality.

 8. CARLSBAD.

Its chief fame has been gained by its action on the liver, and in the treatment of obesity and diabetes. Sensitiveness to cold air ; great liability to take cold. Sweats more easily. > In open air ; on motion. The breath smells offensive, the tongue is white and feels furry. The patient is self-satisfied, very talkative and uncommonly good-humoured. Discouraged and anxious about domestic duties. Absent-minded; heedless; forgets names.

 9. ESCULENTINE.

One of the great fat reducers. May be alternated with Phytoline. Both remedies should be used in mother tincture.

 10. FERRUM METALLICUM.

Obesity with anæmia, face puffy with pitting of flesh. This remedy is recommended for children also. Delicate girls, fearfully constipated, with low spirits. The pulse of the patient is full and yielding. < From eating eggs. This remedy should be given carefully in hæmorrhagic phthisis, as it may aggravate. Rheumatic symptoms especially of left shoulder and deltoid.

< In cold weather, and > in warm air. Great lassitude and general weakness. Great need to lie down.

 11. FUCUS VESICULOSUS.

It is given when Calcarea Carbonica fails. It should be given in drop doses of mother tincture. It is very effective in cases of indigestion, obstinate constipation and flatulence. It is suitable for people with enlarged thyroid glands. Goitre has been cured with it.

 12. GRAPHITES.

Obesity in females with delayed menstruation. Indicated for fair, fat, chilly, constipated people who have skin trouble. Helpful to those who have lost the desire for sex.

 13. KALI BICHROMICUM.

It is especially suited to fair-haired, fat persons, especially fat, chubby children ; fat, sluggish people. Gastric symptoms supersede rheumatic symptoms. Liability to take cold in the open air. Great debility, with desire to lie down.

 14. KALI CARBONICUM.

This remedy is especially good for older fat people who are characterised by sweat, backache and weakness. This remedy should be used cautiously in Nephritis (Bright’s disease) and Tuberculosis. This remedy is for dark-haired persons of lax fibre and inclined to be fat.

 15. PHYTOLACCA BERRY.

One of the effective weight and corpulence reducing remedies.

 16. PHYTOLINE.

This remedy is a great fat reducer. It is recommended if the patient is having difficulty in walking, sitting, palpitation, dyspnea on least exertion, nausea, eructations. It is used in mother tincture.

 17. THYROIDINUM.

In excessive obesity, it acts better in pale patients rather than those of high colour. This remedy is a powerful diuretic and is very useful in myx-oedema and various types of edema.

HOW I WIN OVER OBESITY?

As a matter of fact, I was also one of the victims of obesity. Control over diets, doing daily light exercise and taking of Homœopathic Medicines greatly helped me to win over this problem. A few years ago, my weight was 84 Kgs with a height of 5 feet 6 inches and consequently I was obese and over-weight and presently my weight is about 64 Kgs and fit and fine.

 NOTE:

Self-treatment based on any information given in this article is not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice by a homeopath physician in person.

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About the author: Dr. Sayeed Ahmad

Sayeed Ahmad

Dr. Sayeed Ahmad

Dr. Sayeed Ahmad was a renowned and successful Homœopath for more than 25 years. Since childhood he nurtured ambition to be in the medical profession. He was awarded Honours with Diploma “D. I. Hom.” and secured highest 97% marks from The British Institute of Homœopathy, England. Further, he has an honour of receiving a ‘Letter of Appreciation’ from Dr. William Tankard Hahnemann, the great grandson of the Father of Homœopathy, Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann.

Dr. Sayeed Ahmad and his wife were personally invited by the then President of India, Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 10th Sept. 2002 in Rashtrapati Bhawan (The President’s House) in New Delhi. The President of India was very pleased to see his 13 books on homeopathy and appreciated his devoted and sincere services to the cause and mission of homœopathy as well as in mitigating the sufferings of human beings by spreading the healing powers of homeopathy all over the world.

Dr. Sayeed Ahmad widely traveled to more than 15 countries. He lived and practiced in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He and his wife both passed away in second half of the year 2014.

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The above article has been adapted from his book Obesity and Health, published by B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi (India) in 1998. It is republished here with his explicit permission. The Copyright is reserved with the author (Dr. Sayeed Ahmad). All opinions are that of the author.

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  1. debbybruck

    Congratulations on all book publications, honors and awards. Obesity seems to be a world-wide epidemic problem. With the proper use of homeopathy, counseling, support and personal determination to reach a long-term healthy life-style goal many people will be rewarded with success and happiness.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Debby
      I totally agree with you.

      Overweight is defined as body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 kg/m2

      Obesity is defined as
      1. body fat % is 25 or higher
      2. BMI is 30-34.9 Kg/m2 (class 1 obesity); 35-39.9 (class II), 40+ (class III)

      Conditions and Complications associated with Obesity: Breathlessness, Ischaemic heart disease, Heart Failure, Back strain, Obstructive sleep apnoea, etc.

      Infographic on how to lose weight https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26951297744973087/ and weight loss mistakes https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26951297744632024/

      Learn about Obesity Action Coalition (USA) http://www.obesityaction.org/

      Guidelines for Managing overweight and obesity in adults – NICE (2014)
      Guidelines for Management of obesity – SIGN (2010)

      Obesity is epidemic which has to be dealt with combination of
      Yog Asanas [Ardh Hal (Half Plough), Paadh Vrita, Dri Chakrika),
      Pranayam (Kapalbhaati),
      healthy eating habits and
      homeopathic medicines such as Phosphorous, etc.

      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity from KENT Repertory:
      OBESITY : Agaricus, ammonium mur., ambra-g, antimonium crudum., asaf., aurum., bar-c., bor., bryonia., calcarea arsenicum., Calcarea, camphor, cantharis, Capsicum, chin., cocc., conium, cuprum, eupho., Ferr., Graphite, guai., iod., ipecac, kali-bi., kali-carb., lac-d., lachesis, laur., lycopodium, mag-c., merc., muriatic acid, natrum carb, nux-mosch, olnd., opium, platina, plumbum, pulsatilla, sabad., sarsapilla, seneg., sepia, silicia, spig., spongia, sulfur, thuja, veratrum.

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  2. dr.r.n.bhardwaj

    Good information about obesity and role of homoeopathy IN treatment of obesity.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dr. Bhardwaj
      Thank You for your encouraging words.
      Regards

  3. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Thank You Dr. Sayeed for your words of wisdom. Regards

  4. Dr Prabhat Tandon

    Reblogged this on होम्योपैथी-नई सोच/नई दिशायें and commented:
    This article is taken from Dr Sayed Ahmad’s book “Obesity and Health“, published by B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi (India) in 1998; blogged by Dr Nancy Malik and is again re blogged in ‘ होम्योपैथी नई सोच / नई दिशायें ‘

  5. ellahe

    Dear Nancy I really enjoyed this; I think you should be proud of yourself and your abilities. I think you are very good at what you are doing and so continue; because you only know what you have gone through until reaching this level you are at. best wishes,.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Ellahe
      Thank You for your words of encouragement. Yeah, I know it consumes lot of time, effort and other resources, But anything for homeopathy.
      Regards.

  6. laura coramai

    This is one darn good book for homeopaths on topic of weight/body size in our patients – different take on topic, see exerpts and info on the book: http://www.narayana-publishers.com/The-Way-to-Your-Ideal-Weight/Rosina-Sonnenschmidt/b8152

  7. Scott C Nicholson

    Thank you for taking the time to post this approach to weight loss. The readers may find the following link to be VERY informative about the myths of what is currently accepted as best approaches to nutrition and the causes of many disorders.

    http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/wise-traditions-london-conference-videos/

  8. alternicare

    Reblogged this on homoeopathicality.

  9. saifuddinmulla

    A very informative article along with experience on self. Nothing beats self experience. I had a question regarding two medicines mentioned. PHYTOLINE and ESCULENTINE are they available in India, and who produces this drugs. I went through to the manual of leading manufacturers, I could not find this remedies. Please guide….

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Dr. Saifuddin
      I am forwarding the response of Dr. Sayeed for your ready reference.
      “Both the medicines are recommended and suggested by Dr. Yadubir Sinha in his book “Miracles of Mother Tinctures” (page 16) published by B. Jain Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Delhi. I purchased Esculentine (page 74) long time ago in Allahabad from a local pharmacy and used. Regarding the availability of Phytoline (page 101). I have no idea since at that time I could not get Phytoline.

  10. Thanks for such a good and informative information . .

  11. Dr monirul Islam

    Thanks. In my practice, obesity cure remedies are calcarea carb, kalicarb, bacilinum, Tuberculinum bovinum, Thuja(sycotc maism).

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Dr. Monirul for sharing the remedies which you find more useful for obesity treatment in your clinical practice. Regards

  12. Nitta Roy

    several solutions for weight loss are available. People seek more rapid ones. Among the fastest is homeopathic medicine. It is the diluted causative agent that is entered into the body to cure an ailment. As compared to other drugs, they have fewer side-effects but dose has to be regulated carefully. They are also cheaper on the pocket. Among the commonly used homeopathic medicines are Capsicum and certain Ammonium salts.

  13. Dr Arun kumar Sahu

    Obesity can be treated by help of pt himself , by dieting and excersise. Medicine is support to reduce the fats and calories.
    Sugested homoeopathy medicine – CAL CARB, FUCUS VES, KAL BICH, PHYT BER, PHYTOLINE.

  14. jsdr John Samuel

    described shortly and usefully the remedies for obesity,especially the various types of obesity.thank you.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You John.

  15. Javed Shaukat

    I am an 83 year old man with most of my excess fat around the waist. I also suffer from arthritis of the knees, I have been treating for the last five weeks with Dr Reckeweg’s R73 with a slight improvement apparent so far. I was wondering whether I may try Calcarea Carbonica 200 for excess weight. Am I correct that I should use ten drops of it once a week?

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Sir, It would be difficult to prescribe Homeopathic medicine without receiving your case. I would suggest you to talk to your local Homeopath. Ten drops in a dose of 200c potency is too high.

  16. Shalini

    Hi.. Very nicely written article…Thank you N hope it works..
    Mam how much time it took to reduce this much.. Bcz I myself need to reduce so in broad perspective how much time it would consume
    N secondly, I generally can’t eat any of cereals or grains, to have health so really need help over this as I get Hemorrhoids.. Kindly

  17. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Hi Shalini, It’s difficult to give a timeframe to reduce your weight because each person is unique and genetically different. You need to consult your local Homeopath.

  18. Namrata

    What should be the dosage of ammonium mur for weight loss?

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Ammonium Carbonica is Ammonium Carbonate and Ammonium Mur is Ammonium Chloride. In homeopathy we use only potentised version of salts. By the process of potentisation we prepare colloidal solutions containing nanoparticles of salts which are in the range of picograms per milliliter. In terms of potency (strength) it could be 6c, 30c, 200c, etc in C scale. The optimal potency varies from case to case and is individualised by the Homeopath.

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