What Is Low Appetite?
Low appetite can be explained as the lack of desire to eat. There are people who do not eat a good diet even if they haven’t eaten all day long. They reason it out by saying that they don’t feel the hunger to eat something. It is a common problem especially with children. Many mothers consult dieticians and physicians complaining that their child eats very less.
The term Anorexia is used for the condition where there is no desire to eat what so ever. It can be a sign of some underlying problem. In certain cases like fever, or some illness it is natural to lose appetite but if it happens for a longer period it is a matter of concern. The herbs for appetite in Ayurveda help improve the appetite in natural way boosting the metabolism that makes the hunger process in a person work stronger.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF LOW APPETITE?
The commonly noted causes of loss appetite are:
- Emotional stress
- Migraine and high blood pressure could make one loss his appetite
- In pregnant women, in the early weeks of pregnancy many women loss their appetite
- Congestions in the nose and sinuses
- Gastroenteritis and its symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF LOW APPETITE?
The Symptoms that usually presented in cases of low appetite are:
- The first and foremost sign is loss of appetite and lack of desire to eat.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Loss of taste and smell
- Weight loss
- Anorexia in severe conditions
NATURAL HERBS FOR LOW APPETITE
EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (AMLA)
The herb is known for its rejuvenating properties. It is a natural antioxidant that removes free radicals from the body and helps in regeneration of cells. Amla helps in increasing the body vitality and strengthening immunity. It helps in developing healthy, glowing skin and preventing premature aging. Anemia and blood related disorders are helped in a natural way. It helps in maintaining proper functioning of the liver. It aids digestion by soothing hyperacidity. This wonderful herb helps in improving immunity and boosting metabolism. The herb helps gain youthful skin and beauty. Amla has aphrodisiac, antipyretic, cardio-tonic, anti-diabetic, cerebral and gastrointestinal properties. It prevents premature greying of hair, hair loss and promotes hair and nail growth. It enhances eye sight, keeps the mouth clean, and nourishes bones and teeth. It helps to keep the intestine clean and also controls blood sugar.
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TERMINALIA CHEBULA (HARITAKI)
Haritaki is an important constituent of Triphala that has wonderful health benefits. It acts well in gastrointestinal ailments, in cases of spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, tumors, ascites, and anemias. Its powder, when mixed with honey and ghee, is an effective remedy for anemia. The herb improves memory and is salutary in dysuria and urinary stones. Haritaki helps in improving appetite and helps in the digestion. In anemia of any origin, Haritaki herb is highly beneficial. It helps anemia due to haemoglobin deficiency, anemia due to red blood cell deficiency, and anemias of abnormal form origin.
BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA (PUNARNAVA)
Punarnava is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy with diuretic properties and increases the renal blood flow. It has astringent, bitter, anti-inflammatory and carminative properties. It is an excellent kidney and heart tonic. This medicine is useful in maintaining the health of the skin. Its are very useful in the reduction of excess body fluids, congestion and edema due to excess Kapha. Punarnava has properties to clear toxins from the blood and increase red blood cells in the body. The haemoglobin content increases and oxygen carrying capacity increases. They act in the prevention of pain and intestinal spasms. Punarnava leaves are recommended in relieving diabetes. They are useful in relieving swollen joints because of fluid retention caused because of imbalance in Kapha. This herbal medicine is useful in eliminating toxins accumulated in the joints through kidneys and urine. It is effective in the management of arthritis and gout. It is helpful in the breakdown of the ‘fibrin’, a blood clotting protein. Punarnava is very effective in relieving infections of urinary tract.
TERMINALIA ARJUNA (ARJUNA)
The herbs of Arjuna have been used since ancient times for its magnificent properties. It has special remedial action on the heart as it tones the cardiac muscle and thereby protects it. It does so by strengthening the cardiac muscles. People from the ancient times have been using this ayurvedic herb in its raw form for health benefits. Heart troubles like ischemia, myocardial infarction can be protected by using Arjuna. It helps to meet the energy requirements of the heart. In mature adults intake of Arjuna can supplement the naturally lowered Co-Q 10 levels. Arjuna takes care of blood pressure levels by strengthening and toning heart muscles thereby increasing the stamina and immunity of the heart.
CINNAMOMUM ZEYLANICA (DALCHINI)
It is a common Indian herb used in every Indian kitchen. Its regular usage reduces breathlessness and strengthens the heart muscles, vascular system and acts as a natural anti-oxidant. Cinnamon controls vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Cinnamon paste can be applied to relieve blackheads, pimples and acne. It is also useful for relieving other ailments like asthma, paralysis, uterus disorders, gonorrhea and excessive menstruation. The leaves and inner bark is used in the preparation of sweets, cakes and curries. It is a common spice used in Indian cooking. It is also used in the manufacture of incense, perfumes and dentifrices. Cinnamon leaves are used in decoction and powder forms. They act as stimulants and relieve flatulence, increase the discharge of urine. It also prevents nervous tension, improves memory and complexion.