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Excess weight

Fighting off excess weight with homoeopathy

Different treatments, slimming programs and diet plans exist to fight off excess weight, which is often a source of complexes in some people. But by opting for a homoeopathic treatment, the patient may limit the dreaded yo-yo effects. Indeed, in homoeopathy, four distinct diathesis, namely the psoric, sycotic, luetic and tuberculinic diatheses, define the symptoms and causes of individuals’ excess weight, and provide adequate forms of treatment without a risk of relapse.


Among psoric patients, the excess weight often appears due to a disorder in the toxin elimination process, as well as chronic poisoning resulting from an unhealthy and unbalanced diet, characterized by an excessive consumption of sugar, meat and alcohol. Thus, this condition leads to fat storage, chronic rheumatism, kidney and gallbladder disorders, hypersensitivity, asthma, migraine, depression, and mental fatigue.

As for sycotic patients, stoutness, obesity, and cellulite are all triggered by a variety of factors including a surgical procedure, a very unbalanced diet or a psychological shock (depression), all of which can be worsened by water retention. Thus, in addition to excess weight, the affected individual is subject to profuse sweating, paleness, multiple cysts, and is very responsive to various drugs such as antidepressants or steroids. Weight gain usually starts in the fall and ends in late winter.

In a luetic subject, the condition is either acquired or hereditary, in which case the individual’s weight at birth exceeds 4 kg. Unfortunately, in such cases, the usual slimming programs have no effect on obesity. But again, a luetic patient may present a medical history that includes syphilis, treponema, pre term deliveries, repeated miscarriages, mental disorders, hyperactivity, restlessness, and paradoxical behaviour.

The tuberculinic patient is subject to fatigue and nervous hypersensitivity, both of which usually result in weight gain. Thus, the symptoms are varied, ranging from nervousness to constipation, venous problems, ENT disorders and broncho-pulmonary complications.

Treating overweight psoric and sycotic patients

For psoric patients, different homoeopathic remedies should be combined to fight against the factors conducive to obesity. Basic treatment involves the use of Graphites, Sulphur, Lycopodium, Sepia and Psorinum, to be used according to the patient’s profile. Graphites is prescribed to constipated and cold-sensitive persons, and Sulphur to those suffering from severe fatigue and a great hunger that occurs way before lunch. Lycopodium is recommended that to hepatic patients that do not have any urinary disorders, while Psorinum is indicated for those who suffer from obesity due to fatigue and diseases of which the symptoms were improved by eating. Finally, Sepia is recommended for patients suffering from an intellectual slowdown and physical fatigue. These basic remedies will then be combined to other treatments such as Petroleum and Acidum phosphoricum that are used to remove toxins, or Hepar sulphur which increases energy and vitality.

Regarding sycotic patients, know that different remedies are available depending on the severity of symptoms. When dealing with water retention, Thuja and Natrum sulfuricum are the most suitable remedies. On the other hand, if the weight gain is linked to conditions such as genital or urinary tract infections or hormonal imbalances, the use of Causticum is also indicated. Dulcamara is most appropriate for those who tend to gain weight in the fall. And when cysts, polyps or warts appear, Thuya used in combination with Acidum nitricum proves to be the most effective treatment.

Treating excess weight in luetic or tuberculinic patients

To lose weight, the luetic patient’s basic treatment involves the use of Calcarea fluorica, Baryta carb and Aurum metalicum combined to other remedies, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.  In the presence of inflammation, taking Argetum nitricum (recommended in case of nervous disorders) and Mercurius seems to be very effective, and these remedies may be used in combination with Mezerreum, Kalium bichromicum and Hydrastis. In case of vascular disorders, Baryta carbonica and Aurum metalicum are the most suitable solutions.

Depending on the variety of symptoms linked to the excess weight, the tuberculinic patient will need to be treated with different remedies. In general, the use of Silicea, Natrum muriaticum and Sulphur iodatum is advised. Then, other remedies such as Sepia, Pulsatilla, Natrum phosphoricum, Kalium phosphoricum, and Calcarea phosphorica may be taken to complete the treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “excess weight”

Associated treatments

  • Calcarea Carbonica Ostrearum
  • Foenum Graecum

Good to know: To fight against excess weight, the homoeopathic remedies and the duration of treatment will need to be determined according to the patient’s genetic predisposition. The prescribed remedies are usually in high dilutions, 15 or 30 CH, or in dilutions taht are progressively increased, starting with 9-CH dilutions and reaching 30-CH dilutions.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.