Loss of appetite is actually absent hunger or loss of interest to eat. How to treat loss of appetite is a complex process that is controlled by communication between the various systems in the body. It includes brain, sensory nerves, digestive system, endocrine system(1). Loss of appetite is associated with problems like depression, stress, and anxiety. Here is the herbal home remedy to treat loss of appetite.
Take one small piece of fresh ginger, 5 to 6 tulsi leaves and one black peppercorn. Add the all the ingredients to mortar and crush well. Squeeze the extract, and this extract to 100ml water. Add a pinch of salt. Mix well and drink half an hour before meal time.
How does this herbal remedy treat loss of appetite?
Ginger stimulates appetite through its medicinal properties and its refreshing taste. It contains a volatile oil(2) which helps to improve digestion. It can also remove the intestinal gas that forms during the process of digestion. Same like ginger, tulsi leaves also contain volatile oil that treats variety of tummy problems including indigestion, bloating(3) and water retention. It can even stimulate appetite and cures acid reflux problem.
Ginger in other languages
Ginger is scientifically called as Zingiber Officinale Roscoe, Inji in Tamil, Allam in Telugu, Shunti in Kannada, Adrak in Hindi, Ada in Bengali, Soonthi in Tulu, Aale in Marathi.
Various health benefits of ginger
Ginger treats chronic indigestion
Dyspepsia(4) or chronic indigestion is characterized by frequent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. Ginger extract has the ability to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition. Ginger can also regulate bowel movements(5).
Reduce menstrual pain
Dysmenorrhea or menstrual pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ginger is highly effective in lowering pain severity than placebo(6). In Ayurveda ginger finds its use to provide relief from various types of pain including menstrual cramps.
Treats sore throat
Ginger has gingerol and shaogals that help relieve sore throat. Make ginger tea and drink twice a day to keep the body warm. Ginger tea treats many illnesses like cold, flu, cough, common cold, headache, fever.
Cures nausea and vomiting
Ginger extract controls overactivation of the vagal nerve that triggers vomiting and nausea(7) by preventing serotonin function in the digestive tract. Chewing a piece of ginger during travel seems to reduce the feeling of nausea.
Health benefits of tulsi leaves
It is scientifically called as Ocimum sanctum, Tulasi in Tamil, Trittavu in Malayalam, Tulshi in Marathi, Thulsi in Telugu and Holy basil in English.
As a traditional herbal medicine, tulsi leaves are used to treat fever and associated common cold. Chewing few tulsi leaves can give good relief from cold and flu. Tulsi leaves are an excellent antibiotic, fungicidal, germicidal and disinfectant, so it protects the body from bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
Prevents heart diseases
Tulsi extract contains vitamin C and antioxidants which protects the heart from various heart diseases like heart attack and stroke. Also, tulsi has eugenol(8) a powerful antioxidant which is very beneficial in reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood.
Tulsi for skin
Holy Basil cures all types of skin diseases without any side effects. Tulsi leaves are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal(9), antibiotic and anti-disinfectant in nature. Oral application on the skin removes extra oil from the surface of the skin.
Tulsi leaves have an excellent analgesic, anti-congestive, sedative, and disinfectant properties(10). All these properties help cure headache caused by sinus, migraine, cough, cold, and high blood pressure. You can consume the leaves as a juice, a powder or as a herbal tea mixed with different herbs and honey to enhance its taste.
Slows down aging
Tulsi is super rich in antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Antioxidants protects the skin against the effect of oxidative stress and help rejuvenate the skin. In Ayurveda, tulsi extract has been used as a traditional tonic to maintain the youthful vigor and to slow down aging.
Prevents kidney stone
Tulsi leaves are good detoxifier and mild diuretic in nature, that mainly helps reduce uric acid levels(11) in the body. The increased level of uric acid forms kidney stone. Tulsi helps clean out the kidneys by increasing the frequency of urination.
Health benefits of black pepper
· The antioxidant properties of black pepper fight the disease causing free radicals and boost the immunity level.
· Black pepper contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps treat gum inflammations(12).
. Take equal amount of black pepper and salt mix in water and rub the mixture on the gums and teeth.
· It is considered as a best herbal remedy to treat dandruff. Add crushed black pepper in a cup of curd and apply it on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off with water.