5 Amazing Chinese Herbs for Weight Loss

“How do I lose weight?” has been an epic question lately. And there are many ways to lose a lot of weight fast. However, most of them will make you hungry and unsatisfied. Also there are dozens of weight-loss products in the marketplace that claim to have the ability to take off 10 pounds in 10 days, or whatever. Desperation can tempt us to try anything, but you have to be realistic, if it’s not working, then it’s not working. Simple as that. You need to change your ways of losing weight for changed results.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that a balanced spleen and stomach can induce weight loss. The body needs to have good ability to break down and extract nutrients while sending the waste materials to the intestines for proper elimination.

So, why not try their way? The medical practices of the Chinese which date back to 5000 years ago are still applicable even until today. It suits accurately even for modern day to day health goals and can help us in having a healthy weight. Some Chinese herbs are known to be able to help increase metabolism, suppress appetite and burn fat.

Here we list down some amazing Chinese herbs to help you lose weight:

Ginseng
These herbs are found either in dried forms or as a fresh lushly herb. The main quality of ginseng herb that helps in weight loss is that this herb has an ability to make the cells of your bodies less capable of making the fat deposit. This herb reduces the fat storing capacity of the cells, so there’s no room for unnecessary fat in the body. Only healthy fat is stored in the bodies, thus helping you to part ways with obesity.

Boil some water in a cooking pan, add 3 tablespoons ginseng roots to it and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain the tea from the pan, add honey to reduce the bitterness and drink it early in the morning. This tea doesn’t only help you to lose weight, but also give a perfect start for your day.

Guggul Herb
Guggul is an age old herbal medicine recommended by Ayurvedic for various health conditions including weight loss. The weight loss effect of guggul comes from its activity on thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones are essential for exact metabolic rate which decides how much calories you burn in a day.

Guggul extract is easily available in form of tablets in health stores, especially Ayurvedic herbal medicines stores. You can take these tablets after your breakfast and supper followed by a warm glass of water to better dissolve the tablet so that the tablet can react well and show you results.

Gurmar Leaves
Gurmar term of Hindi language means ‘destroyer of sweetness.’ When you chew the leaves of gurmar, you will lose your ability to taste sweet for at least 4 hours. When taken internally, this herb balances your sugar levels and also improves cholesterol and triglycerides levels. As this herb also reduces your sugar cravings, this can be a great herbal remedy for weight loss.

You can find powdered gurmar leaves in the market. Add a little of it as a supplement to your daily tea or use it as a flavoring powder to your regular salads. Careful of its bitter taste, though.

Pu-erh Herb
This herb got its name after the village of Pu-erh in China where it was first cultivated 2100 years ago. This herb stimulates your spleen and makes it healthy which can then digest and absorb food nutrients well along with flushing out excessive body fluid. It boosts your metabolism so that you can burn more fats at faster rate.

Heat water till it boils, add 1 tablespoon of fresh Pu-erh leaves into it and let it boil for some more time. Once all the essence of the leaves is being absorbed by the water, drain and drink it. For best result, sip this tea twice a day for about 2 to 3 weeks replacing your normal tea or coffee.

Kelp Seaweed
This is another magic herb for weight loss which was extensively used by not just the Chinese but also the Japanese. Kelp is one of the richest sources of iodine. Iodine can keep your thyroid gland stimulated so that your metabolism doesn’t go sluggish. A boosted metabolism means your body uses up the calories faster and better. Sea kelp also has a compound called alginate in it. Alginate reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs.

Although you can always find kelp supplements, it’s better to have them raw and unprocessed. You can chop some cucumber, onions, carrot and add some fresh chopped kelp seaweed to it and have it as a delicious salad. Adding kelp to your soups to give it texture and some salty taste is also a good idea.

But be cautious not to overuse this herb since it may lead to hyper activeness of thyroid gland, posing some serious health problems. Use it only to a limited extent to help you lose weight.

Note: If you are currently taking medicines, you must consult your doctor before taking any of these herbs. And it’s better to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner or medical herbalist before you start taking any herbs for weight loss.

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