Managing Weight With Herbs

An “adaptogen” is a relatively new way of describing herbal remedies commonly found in traditional medicine. A very exciting and intriguing use of adaptogens is for all things weight-related. The information below will help you select the right herbs to help with weight management, regulation of blood sugar and metabolism, improved digestion and increased energy.

A long-term increase of cortisol encourages the metabolic system to produce fat, especially increased abdominal fat. Belly fat is particularly unhealthy because it is pro-inflammatory and associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Belly fat also can stimulate the progression of atherosclerosis, as well as the growth of tumors and fibroid tissue, all great reasons to pursue weight management.

Adaptogens support weight management by regulating blood sugar insulin metabolism and cortisol levels; enhancing digestion and improving the digestive fire; and regulating body metabolism. By increasing adaptive energy and creating a balanced endocrine system, weight management becomes more controllable.

The following adaptogens support weight management:

American ginseng
Amla
Asian ginseng
Cordyceps
Dang shen
Eleuthero
Guduchi
He shou wu
Holy basil
Licorice
Reishi
Rhaponticum
Rhodiola
Shilajit

The following adaptogens help to increase energy and can enhance digestion:

American ginseng
Ashwagandha
Asian ginseng
Cordyceps
Dang shen
Eleuthero
Holy basil
Jiaogulan
Rhaponticum
Rhodiola
Schisandra
Shatavari

Adaptogens that support normalization of blood sugar, increase energy and aid digestion also support weight management. Eleuthero has the ability to shift the body’s metabolism to a greater use of fat for energy. This shift is reported to delay lactic acid buildup associated with muscle fatigue.

Adapted from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007).

27 comments

Shanti S.
S S.3 years ago

Thank you.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

herbs may be good for you and all but sorry, it's always been and always will be about portion control and exercise PERIOD! No magic bullets yet...

Fran F.
Fran F.3 years ago

Interesting: I'll look into this topic further.

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst3 years ago

very interesting...thanks

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Brian M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Since many of these herbs can alter blood pressure and/or have negative interactions with prescribed medicines, consumers should consult a licensed medical professional before using herbs and other supplements.

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.5 years ago

I recommend individuals do their own research from reliable sources when they hear of an herb or spice they've not heard of before. Not only are they to enhance and appearance of foods but, there is a great health element in using these wonder foods.

Prochi T.
Prochi T.5 years ago

i have been told to mix cinnamon powder with honey n have it every morning for weight reduction. as it is not in the above list, i wonder if it works?