This is a succulent plant (cactus) from India. In India it grows wild and is often used as a border in gardens and as a roadside shrub. It is also found in the wild in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canary Islands, Afghanistan, and Southern Europe.
Traditionally, Indian tribes chewed chunks of caralluma to keep from being hungry during a long hunt. These days, a solution that contains chemicals taken from the plant (extract) is used to decrease appetite for weight loss. It is also used to quench thirst and to increase endurance.
In foods in India, it is cooked as a vegetable and is used in preserves such as chutneys and pickles. It is also eaten raw.
Chemicals contained in the caralluma plant are thought to decrease appetite.
USES & EFFECTIVENESS
Weight loss and obesity. Developing evidence suggests that taking a caralluma extract for 60 days might decrease waistline, feelings of hunger, and fat and calorie intake. But it does not seem to decrease weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, or hip measurements.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of caralluma for these uses.
SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY
That seems to be safe for most people when 500 mg of the extract is taken twice daily for up to 60 days. The long-term safety is not known. That might cause some mild side effects such as stomach upset, intestinal gas, constipation, and stomach pain. These side effects usually go away after a week of use.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of caralluma during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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