- What other names is Caralluma known by?
- What is Caralluma?
- How does Caralluma work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Caralluma.
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, caralluma is cooked as a vegetable and is used in preserves such as chutneys and pickles. It is also eaten raw.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- 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.
- Quenching thirst.
- Increasing endurance.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011