What does thermogenic mean and how can it help me to lose weight? Thermogenesis is a term used to describe the body’s natural process for burning calories. Scientists studying thermogenesis are focusing on understanding and improving the thermogenic phenomenon, which may aid in weight loss.
Livestrong explains it better: Thermogenesis is a metabolic process during which your body burns calories to produce heat. Several factors induce thermogenesis in your body including exercise, diet and environmental temperature.Thermogenesis can promote weight loss because it increases your body’s calorie burn.
In this article, we will find out just what herbs will produce thermogenesis in the body, creating the thermogenic phenomenon.
I felt it important to list therapeutic actions, drug interactions (if any), and other important uses for these potent, valuable herbs.
9 Herbs to Aid in Weight Loss – Thermogenically
Botanical name: Elettaria cardamomum
Therapeutic actions: Aromatic; Stimulant; Carminative; Stomachic; Diuretic, Thermogenic.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, niacin, folate, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C.
Description: It has been used to check nausea and vomiting and to help in combating digestive ailments. It has also been used to freshen breath and support smooth digestion.
Internal uses: Respiratory complaints, inflammation of mouth and pharynx. Liver and Gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite and tendency to infection.
Suggestions: Try a chai tea with this and nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon.
Suggested Dosage: Tincture 1– 2 gm or 1.5 gm daily.
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Anodyne; Anti-convulsant; Aphrodisiac; Analgesic; Anti-ulcer; Anti-tumor; Anti-fungal; Antispasmodic; Anti-allergenic; Carminative; Diffusive stimulant; Diaphoretic; Gastric antisecretory; Pungent; Rubefacient; Sternutatory; Sialagogue, Thermogenic.
Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, b2, B3, B6 and C.
Drug interactions: Interacts with Heparin, Warfarin. Check with physician if on Ticlopidine. Supports interaction if on chemotherapy drugs, general anesthetics and nitrous oxide.
Description: Ginger is warming and stimulating. It has helped to promote gastric secretions, thus aiding with food absorption. It also suppresses appetite and controls sugar.
Internal uses: It has been used for indigestion, flatulence, nausea (including travel and morning sickness) and colic. Stimulating to the circulation and will help to warm cold hands and feet. It has a beneficial effect on the lungs, helping to dispel mucus and phlegm. Taken hot, it promotes sweating and is helpful for colds and flu. Chewing the root will stimulate the saliva and benefit the sore throat.
Suggested dosage: 500 mg—1000 mg daily.
Botanical name: Camellia sinensis
Therapeutic actions: Astringent; Antioxidant; Anti-bacterial; Anti-tumor; Cardiotonic; Expectorant; Diuretic; Stimulant, Thermogenic.
Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and C.
Drug interactions: Interacts with Acetaminophen, Codeine, Altropine, Cardec, Codeine, Ephedrine and Pseudoephredrine, Lomotil/Lonox, Theophylline/Aminophylline, Warfarin.
Description: In Chinese herbalism, it is one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Two of the many health benefits to drinking tea are to protect the heart from certain diseases and protect the teeth from decay.
Internal uses: It has been used internally in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis and gastro-enteritis. Also good for atherosclerosis, cervical dysplasia, cancer preventative, cholesterol, flu, leukoplakia, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, triglycerides and hives.
Suggested dosage: As a tea 3—10 cups per day.
Caution: Excessive use can lead to dizziness, constipation, indigestion, palpitations and insomnia.
Botanical name: Capsicum minimum
Therapeutic actions: Anesthetic; Anti-hemorrhoidal; Anti-bacterial; Alterative; Astringent; Antispasmodic; Anti-rheumatic; Antiseptic; Carminative; Diaphoretic; Digestive; Emetic; Irritant; Pungent; Rubefacient; Sialagogue; Stimulant; Stomachic; Sudorific; Thermogenic, Tonic.
Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E and G.
Drug interactions: Supports interaction with aspirin.
Description: It is considered by many to be the strongest stimulant known.
Internal uses: Use as a relaxant to the stomach and colon and as a healer for ulcers. It has been able to stimulate the stomach and is not irritating when small doses are used. Cayenne stimulates the blood and the heart, increasing and strengthening the pulse. It does well in dilating blood vessels and thus relieving chronic congestion of people addicted to drink. It has been used as a tonic and is said to be unequalled in warding off disease because of the high vitamin C content. It has been used with ginger to clean out the bronchial tubes and sinus cavities, as a gargle for sore throats, as an emergency treatment for shock, for hemorrhage and bleeding wounds – use internally and externally. Also good for headaches (cluster and migraine). It fights obesity by lowering calorie intake. It also increases thermogenesis in the body by 5% and increases fat burning by 16%.
Suggested dosage: 833 mg daily. Tincture 0.3—1 ml 3 times daily.
Caution: Should not be used in large doses because it can irritate the gastro-intestinal tract.
Botanical name: Piper nigrum
Therapeutic actions: Anthelmintic; Anti-pyretic; Anti-periodic; Carminative; Expectorant; Tonic, Diaphoretic; Aromatic pungent; Febrifuge; Stimulant. Externally, it is a Resolvent; Rubefacient; Stimulant.
Nutrients: Manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin K.
Description: Pepper has long been recognized as an ingredient for stimulating the appetite as well as an aid in the relief of nausea.
Internal uses: It ccontains Piperine which blocks formation of fat cells. When combined with cayenne it was found to burn as many calories as a 20 minute walk. It also increases the bioavailability of most other foods. It has been known to help in cases of asthma, boils, colic, cough, diarrhea, fever, gas, gastric ailments, hemorrhoids, indigestion, chronic rheumatism, sinus congestion, skin diseases, sore throat and worms.
Botanical name: Cuminum cyminum
Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Antispasmodic; Aphrodisiac; Astringent Carminative; Galactogogue; Poultice; Stimulant; Stomachic, Thermogenic.
Nutrients: Iron, manganese.
Description: It is one of the best spices to prevent and relieve flatulence.
Internal uses: An aromatic, astringent herb that benefits the digestive system and acts as a stimulant to the sexual organs. It has been used in the treatment of minor digestive complaints, chest conditions and coughs. One teaspoon will burn up to 3x more body fat.
Suggested Dosage: 300– 600 mg daily
Botanical name: Curcuma longa
Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Antioxidant; Anti-coagulant; Antibiotic; Anti-fungal; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-viral; Antioxidant.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Description: It is considered a cleansing herb for the whole body. It stimulates bile flow, reduces blood clotting and protects the liver.
Internal uses: It reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing blood vessels needed to form it. It also helps with treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases. In a 2009 study from Tuft’s University found the mice fed curcumin lost more fat than those on the same diet with no curcumin. It has been used as a digestive aid, fevers, infections, dysentery, intestinal parasites, arthritis, jaundice, and liver problems. It fights free radicals, inhibits platelet aggregation, aids circulation, lowers cholesterol levels and improves blood vessel health. It has also been used to fight cancerous tumors, crohns disease, HIV, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis and bursitis.
Suggested Dosage: 250-500 mg 3 times daily. Tincture– .5—1.5 ml 3 times daily.
Caution: May cause stomach upset. Do not use in large quantities. Consult doctor if you have gallstones before taking Turmeric.
Botanical name: Allium sativum
Therapeutic actions: Alterative; Anti-bacterial; Antibiotic; Anti-catarrhal; Anti-fungal; Anti-pyretic; Anthelmintic; Anti-asthmatic; Anti-cholesterolemic; Antiseptic; Antispasmodic; Anti-cancer; Cholagogue; Carminative; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Depurant; Digestant; Emmenagogue; Expectorant; Febrifuge; Fungicide; Hypertensive; Hypotensive; Immuno-stimulant; Nervine; Parasiticide; Prophylactic; Rubefacient; Stimulant; Stomachic; Thermogenic, Tonic; Vasodilator; Vulnerary.
Nutrients: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug interactions: Interacts with Chlorzoxazone, Ticlopidine, Warfarin. Supports those taking Dipyridamole.
Description: Garlic is one of the most valuable foods. It is good for the heart, liver, gallbladder, stomach, spleen and lungs. One of the best natural antibiotics, it detoxifies (chronic lead poisoning), builds the blood and is an overall great healer.
Internal Uses: It helps the body burn fat. Its expectorant action makes it useful for chronic bronchitis, sickle cell anemia, chronic stomach problems and stomach catarrh. It has been useful with all intestinal infections, such as parasites, dysentery, cholera, typhoid and parathyroid fever. It has helped to lower the blood pressure, counteract arteriosclerosis, and benefits the circulation of blood. Can use with honey for coughs, colds and asthma. Other uses: acne, arthritis, cancer immunity, Candida albicans, colitis, contagious diseases, digestive disorders, ear infections, fever, flu, fungus problems, gas, pinworms, prostate gland problems, staph and strep. Also good for artherosclerosis, colon cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, Candida and parasites.
Suggested dosage: 1—2 cloves daily. 600—900 mg daily. Extract 2.4—7.2 grams daily.
Botanical name: Sinapis alba
Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Anti-fungal; Appetizer; Carminative; Cathartic; Diaphoretic; Digestive; Diuretic; Emetic; Expectorant; Rubefacient; Stimulant; Vesicant.
Description: It has been used in the treatment of coughs with profuse phlegm, tuberculosis, and pleurisy.
Internal uses: Has been shown to increase metabolic rate by 25%, burning calories more efficiently. This means that with a little under 1/2 teaspoon of seeds you could burn an extra 45 calories an hour. The seeds act as a mild laxative and as a blood purifier. In large doses, they are a powerful emetic.
So, there you have it. Nine herbs to thermogenically aid in weight loss. Personally, I never knew Mustard seed could burn 45 calories per hour! That is awesome! Taking just a few of these will be not only beneficial to weight loss, but for so many other ailments.
Let me know what are your favorite herbs and if you know of other herbs that have the thermogenic phenomenon in the comments below. If you have any questions, please let me know that too!
Good Health to You