Herbal Healer

Herbal Healer: What is caralluma?

2013-02-20T21:00:00Z Herbal Healer: What is caralluma?Ted PanDeva Zagar Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 20, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Out of approximately 120 species belonging to the caralluma genus, one member has managed to graduate with honors from the scientific scrutiny that explored the age-old claims regarding its weight-loss ability.

What does it do?

For many centuries caralluma has been taken on day long journeys into the field to serve as a portable source of food. As a cactus, caralluma holds a sufficient amount of water to increase its value as a thirst quencher. During droughts, both water and food may be in short supply. Caralluma’s long standing reputation as a “famine food” evolved during these trying times. A versatile source of nutrients, caralluma can be eaten raw, cooked as a vegetable or preserved in the manner that one might employ to put up pickles or chutneys. In today’s imbalanced world populated by far too many overweight adults and children, caralluma’s crown jewel may well be its natural appetite-suppressing effects. The best laid plans concocted to lose weight are often confounded by an untamed appetite, and it is here that caralluma can shine brightest. If your hunger vanishes, your food consumption should diminish accordingly. Caralluma also forces the body to burn fat reserves by blocking the action of several enzymes which in turn block the formation of fat.

About the herb

A member of the dogbane family, caralluma is a succulent plant often found growing in rural parts of India. Both hardy and showy with its attractive flower, caralluma is often used as a border marker.

Recommended dosage

During one study conducted to validate caralluma’s prowess toward achieving weight loss goals, one gram of the concentrated extract was taken each day. If you choose to add caralluma products to your list of weight-loss tools, make sure that the label cites caralluma fimbriata as the species used in the formula. Bearing no known toxicity, this herb has been found to be both safe and effective.

The opinions expressed are solely the writer’s. NOTE: Visit herbalastrology.com to read Ted PanDeva Zagar’s other articles and columns that discuss the benefits of herbs and natural foods. DISCLAIMER: The author’s comments are not intended to serve as medical advice, and he urges his readers to seek qualified wellness professionals to resolve matters of health.

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