Weight cutting is the practice of fast weight loss prior to a sporting competition. It most frequently happens in order to qualify for a lower weight class (usually in combat sports , where weight is a significant advantage) or in sports where it is advantageous to weigh as little as possible (most notably equestrian sports). There are two types of weight cutting: One method is to lose weight in the form of fat and muscle in the weeks prior to an event; the other is to lose weight in the form of water in the final days before competition.
In terms of herbs, there are two Asian herbal preparations that show promise: a five-herb combo called Guizhi Fuling, and a Malaysian ten-herb formula, which contains “secret” ingredients— so secret, they just list them. But, seemed to work as well as the leading drug. The problem is that traditional Asian herbal remedies may contain a few extra bonus secret ingredients—like “arsenic, mercury, and lead…in most of the samples” tested off Asian market and health food store shelves. And, not just a little; some, apparently, had really toxic amounts. So, yeah, these two Asian herbal preparations “may reduce fibroid size, but there [remains] insufficient evidence [as to their] safety.” And, certainly, don’t try to apply caustic herbs internally, as this can lead to “scarring,…stenosis, [and] ulceration.”