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Herbal Appetite Stimulants

Rohini Mohan
Sometimes, stress, deadlines, and certain health problems can take a toll on your hunger and not allow you to eat as much as your body requires for proper nourishment. Fortunately, there are several herbal appetite stimulants that help improve appetite and health, without causing any side effects.
Losing appetite can pose a severe threat to the entire metabolism of the human body. While some induce this averse condition by starving themselves, it unfortunately does more damage from within as compared to the results outside. While there are those who suffer from lack of appetite because of various degrees of health conditions, such as depression, anorexia and digestive diseases.
A common side effect of chemotherapy during cancer treatment is severe constipation and loss of appetite. While there are medications available which help ease this problem, it is safer to assume that herbal appetite stimulants do not harm the body and while they help they also heal.

Herbal Remedies to Cure Loss of Appetite

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbs and herbal dietary supplements. It would be unwise to consume herbs that you have never tried before. Consult your doctor before you go ahead with these. You could get an all allergy test done, which would help you understand the foods you should avoid.


You may either have fresh cranberry juice mixed with natural honey or you could cook your meals with cranberries. It is believed to stimulate appetite, especially in elderly people and children. It also helps clear out the stomach by reducing constipation or diarrhea. It is rich in vitamins which are essential for good health.


Cinnamon is a delicious herb, with several medicinal properties. It helps treat diarrhea, and many other digestive problems. This herb promotes digestion and can be either cooked along with the food or can be boiled in water so as to be had as tea.


Fenugreek has many medicinal properties which help reduce pain, diabetes and cholesterol. It also has the tendency of increasing appetite by making one feel hungry. Basically, it stimulates the digestive enzymes to work faster. There are no side effects to this herb and has been in use for centuries.


Garlic is believed to help increase appetite among chemotherapy patients and it also helps heal the intestinal walls post treatment. You may either add fresh garlic to your food while cooking or you may opt for aged garlic which are prepared after a fermentation process. These supplements are available in the market.


Pomegranate is another excellent herb for digestive problems and is a natural appetite stimulant. It is often, consumed as a power after meals in Asian countries such as India. It helps digest the food faster.
It can also be had before meals which helps the individual feel hungry, within thirty minutes or so. You can drink pomegranate juice before every meal or you may add the fruits in your pudding or simply have it as a fruit before meals.


Peppermint is another excellent herb which is known to stimulate the production of digestive juices within the intestines. Peppermint also has healing properties that help cure acidity, ulcers, and indigestion. You may eat the leaves raw, as that is when it is the most effective. It is also believed to strengthen the immune system against diseases such as common cold and fever.


Turmeric has been used for treating digestive problems for thousands of years. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It adds flavor to the food and helps strengthen the immune system. The healing properties of turmeric helps heal intestinal diseases and disorders. Though when taken directly, it can cause burning in the stomach and should be avoided by people who have heart problems and blood clots.


Gentian is an ancient herb that is believed to stimulate hunger. It has medicinal properties that helps cure digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and gas. The herb is extremely bitter and should not be consumed by people who suffer from acidity problems or have stomach ulcers.

American Ginseng

Studies claim that ginseng strengthens the immune system. It also helps increase the psychomotor functions in people, thereby causing them to be more alert and active. It is a herb used for helping people gain weight. Consult your doctor for more details. The evidence based on this herb, is inconclusive and it cannot be clearly stated if this herb is actually beneficial or not.
Aloe vera juice and Gooseberries are also good for building up an appetite, but the thing to remember is that not all herbs suit everybody. Some people experience adverse reactions to herbs that they have never tried before. Therefore, it would be safer to try herbs that you know are safe and will not cause harm to your body.