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Caralluma Herb Health Benefits

Caralluma 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. The Caralluma genus is one such genus of edible succulents, which includes several species that are widely consumed and known to be both safe and nutritious.

 

Along with a healthy diet and exercise, Caralluma is a very useful herbal supplement for those wanting to promote and maintain healthy metabolism, appetite and weight.

 

It may be used by those who are overweight. Caralluma is not for those who are clinically obese.

 

If you are overweight, you should consult with a physician. If you are diagnosed as clinically obese this product is not for you unless advised as such by your physician, as obesity is a severe medical condition.

 

Proponents claim success with the pills, and the plant has been eaten in India for centuries.

 

Indians have eaten it as a vegetable for centuries, and have taken advantage of its appetite-suppressing capabilities during times of famine.

 

The document states that the green follicles of the plant are eaten raw by hunters so they don’t have to carry food on hunting trips, and is also boiled or made into chutney at home.

 

The genus Caralluma belongs to the family Apocynaceae and the subfamily of Asclepiadaceae (divided into three subgenera of Boucerosia, Desmidorchis, and Urmalcala; the family used to be referred to as Asclepiadaceae prior to being merged into Apocynaceae), with over 260 species bearing the name of Caralluma being distributed across Asia and the Mediterranean and in general the genus is associated with a variety of traditional cure-alls such as the treatment of rheumatism, diabetes, leprosy, paralysis, and inflammation while also possessing anti-malarial, anti-trypanosomal, anti-ulcer, antioxidant, anti-nociceptive, and anti-proliferative activities.

 

Herbs should be avoided if pregnant or breast feeding and must not be given to children without consulting a health care provider first.

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