Losing too much weight; Cachexia

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Losing too much weight, described as cachexia when it happens to a marked degree, can be a source of much anxiety to those who suffer from it as well as those who care for them. It is instinctively understood that a loss of weight is a worrying sign and there is a sense of increased vulnerability that comes with it.

Rapid weight loss, as happens in diseases that cause wasting, is of great concern and must be given urgent medical attention. Much of what's written in this article is entirely suitable for a person to work through themselves but, especially if things are quite bad but not urgent, or you just know that you need further help, then there may be a great deal of benefit to you to go to whatever lengths necessary to find a good herbalist or truly holistic practitioner to guide you on to a safe and strong treatment program. There's a short write-up to suggest how you might go about finding such a person here

Activate the appetite

Most people with weight loss problems just try to eat more and end up struggling with the fact that if you eat more than you want without much appetite, then you end up feeling uncomfortably bloated and can lose your appetite even more for the next meal.

The first step in remedying weight loss is to re-activate the appetite and one of the best of all ways to help achieve that is by using the herb Gentian.

Gentian can be phenomenal at bringing back a healthy appetite. It does this by stimulating 'bitter receptors' in the digestive tract that react to its presence by producing far greater amounts of the digestive juices that are essential to good digestion and that make you feel like eating in the first place!

You can immediately appreciate how much Gentian stimulates the flow of digestive juices by having some of its tincture in your mouth for a few seconds. From that moment on you, until you eat, you will produce significantly more saliva that you do usually.

Exactly the same thing is happening further down your digestive tract. Gentian is ‘priming the fire of digestion' by activating your digestive organs and causing you to make more of the enzymes that will soon be in contact with the food you are going to eat.

Only small amounts of the Gentian are necessary to get these effects but you do have to taste it and to let the sensation of it penetrate in order for it to work.

I encourage people to experience the full intensity of Gentian as best as they can. The less you dilute the tincture with water the stronger it will taste.

Once people have had Gentian a few times they always find it gets easier to take. Not because it gets any less bitter, in fact as people get used to taking Gentian they tend to dilute it less so it actually tastes stronger! What happens is an extraordinary change in consciousness whereby the instinctive repulsion to bitterness is gradually replaced by a deeper experience of what is actually happening within...

As food is digested better and the liver, stomach and pancreas all start to function better the brain starts to get a clear message -- 'this stuff helps!'

Gentian has been seen to improve a failing appetite with loss of weight time and again. Read more details including careful instructions on how to use it here

Gentiana lutea (Gentian)


Support the liver

The liver takes a pounding in the modern world and supporting the liver can be as important to weight loss as ‘activating the appetite’. Amongst the myriad jobs of the liver is the vital task of making the proteins that provide the building blocks of tissues everywhere in our bodies.

Nature has great medicines to support and strengthen the liver. One that I rate especially highly is St Mary's thistle and if someone was in serious trouble from weight loss and their liver was involved in it then this would be the herb I would likely go to first. I have tremendous respect for the power of this plant and for its potential to do us great good if used wisely. You can read more about it here

St Mary's is fantastic at supporting and healing the liver but if a person is suffering from liver congestion and toxicity then, as well as St Mary's I would use Celandine. There is no stronger remedy to cleanse the liver and I've personally seen Celandine change the lives of many hundreds of people over the years, more here

If the patient was not robust enough to handle the potency of Celandine, then I would likely look for help from a gentler liver cleansing tonic that is well known all over the world -- Dandelion. You can read more about it here

Chelidonium majus (Celandine)


Build up the diet

For general information about excellent nutrition read here. With respect to gaining weight and strength I primarily emphasise having slow cooked meat and vegetables as the basis of the diet.

The process of slowly cooking food is exactly like pre-digesting it so it is so much easier for you to use the energy from the food to build back up your condition. I hope this point makes sense to you, some people grasp it in a moment whilst others seem to get stuck in the mind-set of the more ‘raw’ the food is the better it must be for you.

Believe it or not the best type of meat to gain strength and condition on are the cheaper cuts of meat; still with plenty of fat, gristle, cartilage etc. in it. Put that kind of meat in a slow cooker or a casserole, or a soup with plenty of vegetables (especially root vegetables) along with herbs and spices etc, and watch what happens.

So long as you have a good appetite and your liver is in good health then you should slowly but surely see your strength and condition come back.

Please understand that I cannot personally advise you without seeing you in my clinic.
This living 'book' is my labour of love so, wherever you are, I wish you peace & good health!



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