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Weight Loss Conditions
This is a list of Standard Conditions. Please click on the ones you wish to read in more detail.

Weight Loss - Main Page
Weight Loss - Herbal Body Wrap
Weight Loss - Blood Toxins
Weight Loss - Circulation Factors
Weight Loss - Digestive Factors
Weight Loss - Elimination Factors
Weight Loss - Hormonal Factors (Puberty / Post-Partum / Menopause)
Weight Loss - Liver Inefficient
Weight Loss - Lymphatics Sluggish
Weight Loss - Metabolic Factors
Weight Loss - Motivation Problems
Weight Loss - Thyroid Underactive
Weight Loss - After Quitting Smoking


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For your convenience we have summarized some of the herbal treatment descriptions. Please note, these are just little previews. To read all about how the illness develops, simple tips to prevent and treat them as well as home remedies, please click on the headings.

Weight Loss - Main Page
Over 20 years as a professional herbalist I have had many hundreds of patients start a consultation with me by saying "I want to lose some weight!" Most of these patients are serious and responsible people and most of them have made reasonably serious efforts to lose weight using many of the standard (and some of the more frivolous) recommendations about diet and exercise. My patients tend not to be diet junkies or pill poppers and I don't know whether that is because of the area I live in, or the reputation I have as a healer. My overweight patients also tend to come to me when they have exhausted other alternatives and they are looking for answers as to why they in particular, are finding it so difficult to get down to a healthy weight........

Weight Loss - Herbal Body Wrap
This program may be used in conjunction with diet and exercise when you are really serious about changing your shape and a wrap once or twice a week will be extremely beneficial to the overall wt loss program. The body wrap procedure may be equally well used in support of an intensive detoxification program based on diet changes, herbal detox formulas or fasting.
Herbs: Chamomile, Rosemary ,Witch hazel,Maritime Pine used with aloe gel.

Weight Loss - Blood Toxins
For some people, weight control is difficult because they have constitutions, which tend not to eliminate toxins readily from the blood. This is usually an inherited constitutional problem, and not something they are personally responsible for.
Herbs: Buchu, Dandelion, Echinacea, Equisetum, Nettle, Mistletoe, Red Clover, Violet Leaves and Bach Flower remedies Beech, Crab Apple, Vine, Wild Oat and Walnut.

Weight Loss - Circulation Factors
Sluggish or inefficient circulation can affect vitality, motivation, immunity and physical energy levels as well as the ability of the blood to properly oxidize metabolic waste products. In some patients this is the primary reason behind their inability to manage their weight and, once overall circulatory efficiency is addressed, everything else becomes easy.
Herbs: Broom, Cactus, Comfrey, Elecampane, Echinacea, Fenugreek, Hawthorn, Nettle, Red Clover, Rue, Yarrow and the Bach Flower remedies Centaury, Elm, Oak, Pine, Red Chestnut and Walnut.

Weight Loss - Digestive Factors
Digestive inefficiencies and overloading, normally originating in the nervous system, are a common underlying reason for being overweight. Without tuning up digestive efficiency and getting on top of the habits, which are overloading the system, this sort of overweight is difficult to control.
Herbs: Agrimony, Alfalfa, Aloes, Blue Flag, Celery, Chamomile, Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek and Gentian as well as the Bach Flower remedies Agrimony, Scleranthus, Walnut and Wild Oat.

Weight Loss - Elimination Factors
Sluggish elimination, normally through the bowel but also involving the kidneys, lymphatics and the skin are the principal factors behind some weight loss difficulties.
Herbs: Aloes, Senna & Liquorice. It also contains: Agrimony, Celery, Chamomile, Dandelion, Fenugreek, Rosehips and Valerian as well as the Bach Flower remedies Agrimony, Honeysucke, Scleranthus, Vine and Walnut.

Weight Loss - Hormonal Factors (Puberty / Post-Partum / Menopause)
It is common immediately pre puberty in both boys and girls to put on a little puppy fat and this is not normally a problem as long as they had been slim healthy and active during their childhood. To help work through a temporary weight problem during puberty I make up a herbal formula.
Herbs: Blue Flag, Chamomile, Dandelion, Fenugreek, Ginseng, Liquorice, Nettle, Phytolacca, Pulsatilla, Rosehips and a selection of appropriate Bach Flower remedies.

Weight Loss - Liver Inefficient
Some proportion of many weight problems are due to the liver struggling to keep up with elimination demands, which often results in fluid buildup in tissues and in the lymphatic system. Also toxins left in circulation tend to interfere with the normal functioning of many other systems any of which can result in a difficulty in managing weight and fat metabolism.
Herbs: Agrimony, Alfalfa, Barberry, Blue Flag, Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek, Rosehips, St Mary's Thistle as well as the Bach Flower remedies Agrimony, Gentian, Honeysuckle, Vine, Walnut, White Chestnut and Willow.

Weight Loss - Lymphatics Sluggish
In some people the lymphatic system is kept clear and moving through the most minor exercise, no more than just moving about their daily lives is enough. Others need to work hard at exercise and diet all their lives to avoid fluid buildup in the lymphatic system, fat cells and surrounding tissues and the weight, which typically accumulates in the hips and thighs of those with sluggish lymph. These unlucky people can put on weight even while on a diet and a moderate exercise program.
Herbs: Blue Flag, Chamomile, Dandelion, Fenugreek, Ginseng, Kelp, Parsley, Pine Bark, Violet Leaves as well as the Bach Flower remedies Pine, Gorse, Sweet Chestnut, Wild Rose and Willow.

Weight Loss - Metabolic Factors
The metabolic imbalance I am addressing in this approach to weight control is a systemic one which could creep into your health picture over many years or result from a major shock, stress, illness, operation, poisoning or whatever.
Herbs: Blue Flag (thyroid), Chamomile (parasympathetic nervous system and digestion), Echinacea (blood cleanser and white blood cell tonic), Fennel (pancreas), Garlic (blood cleanser, gut flora balance and antibiotic), Ginseng (pituitary), Kelp (trace elements and thyroid), Nettle (circulatory), Oats (constitutional fortitude), Parsley (central nervous system), Pine Bark (antioxidant and immune system), Red Clover (blood cleanser and red blood cells), Rosehips (kidneys and adrenals), St Mary's Thistle (liver), Violet Leaves (lymphatic support), Yarrow (bone marrow and blood tonic). The Bach Flowers I use in this mix are Olive, Rescue Remedy, Scleranthus and Walnut, which support a return to normal balance and energy levels of the whole metabolism.

Weight Loss - Motivation Problems
There are lots of possible reasons why one cant seem to get up enough motivation to get on top of a weight problem and I am not attempting to address all of these. This formula addresses only one lack of motivation reason, which I characterize as an adrenal energy collapse.
Herbs: Parsley, Liquorice and Rosehips

Weight Loss - Thyroid Underactive
Underactive thyroid is given as a semi-scientific reason for many weight problems and this is to some extent true. People whose metabolism runs slowly almost always have more problem losing weight than others.
Herbs: Alfalfa, Blue Flag, Chamomile, Fenugreek, Gentian, Kelp, St Mary's Thistle and a selection of appropriate Bach Flower remedies.

Weight Loss - After Quitting Smoking
Smokers who quit, often find that they put weight on and some actually take up the habit again, simply in an effort to regain control over their weight. The herbal formulation for the Quit Smoking Weight Control program works at a whole lot of different levels to try to support the entire process. It contains herbs to begin the process of rehabilitating the lungs and clearing the toxins from the system; to begin the process of repair to the heart and circulation system and; to rebalance the metabolism especially insofar as the management of adrenal energy is concerned.
Herbs: My Quitting Smoking Weight Control support program contains; Blue Flag, Cactus, Elecampane, Garlic, Hawthorne, Horsetail, Liquorice, Maritime Pine, Nettle, Oats, Rosehips, Rue, Violet Leaves, and a selection of appropriate Bach Flower remedies.



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