Obesity is a metabolic disorder characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the body.

Metabolic disorder characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the body and manifesting a significant weight gain, obesity can be treated properly by herbal medicine and completed by an appropriate diet. Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions through which pass the substances that the body receives from the outside, and also those formed in him. It consists of two processes that are: It anabolism which is the synthesis of organic materials to accumulate reserves.

# Catabolism which is stored the disintegration of materials in order to obtain the energy needed to sustain life. As metabolic processes are regulated by hormones, it calls for action on the endocrine glands to address metabolic disorders by increasing or decreasing their activities or intensifying the action of hormones. Herbal medicine combined with dietary treatment of obesity (diet) gives very convincing results and also avoids the rebound effect (weight regain, which becomes more important than the previous one). Herbal medicine is the treatment of diseases by medicinal plants. In the case of obesity, herbal medicines are indicated:

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Sedative-plants, which remove the anxiety often associated with obesity and that causes the desire to eat out of control (bulimia). Example: Verbena officinalis. Plants-reducing appetite, which are mostly mucilages, have this action and unlike appetite suppressants that are synthetic derivatives of amphetamines, but are devoid of side effects. Mucilages can absorb a large amount of water in the stomach, increase their volume and provide a feeling of satiety purely physical. Example: pineapple, psyllium, kelp. Of metabolic-stimulating plants, which activate the metabolism and thus increase the burning of calories. Example: garlic, kelp.

# Plant diuretics that eliminate fluid retention, which usually occurs in obesity. The advantage of these plants is that in addition to removing water and lose weight, they facilitate the removal of waste substances that overwhelm the body. Example: hazel, onion, quail-milk, baguenaudier, purslane, grape, cherry, golden rod, asparagus. Combined with a balanced diet, herbal medicine gives very good results against obesity. Indeed, it is not enough to take herbal medicines appropriate to solve the problem of obesity, it should follow a healthy diet, taking into account the balance between calorie intake and activities of the individual (energy expenditure). In fact, when the inputs are too high relative to expenditure or when expenditure decrease (reduced activity and physical exercise), the body stores nutrients gradually not catabolized and accumulate fat.

The primary role of phytotherapy in the fight against obesity, is to support and strengthen the diet program that is to say a healthy diet, and does not replace in any way a fashion and a healthy lifestyle ( balanced diet, water, clean air, abstinence from toxins and products with high fat content, in sport or physical activity .