Traditional Uses of Garcinia Cambogia

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Garcinia cambogia is a fruit, also named ‘Malabar Tamarind’ that is found in Southern India. It is used both as a food and an herbal supplement. Citrin is the commercial fruit extract from the rind of Garcinia fruit. Garcinia cambogia is rich in the substance hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is helpful for the treatment of weight loss. It suppresses the appetite and induces weight loss through the process termed ‘thermogenesis. Traditional uses of Garcinia cambogia include as an effective herbal supplement for weight loss and body fat, appetite suppression and increase in body energy. The fruit of Garcinia cambogia has been traditionally used in the preparation of food in India and parts of Asia.

According to Ayurveda, Garcinia activates digestion. It is considered to make meals more satisfying and has been used for many centuries. Garcinia cambogia and its active ingredient, HCA (hydroxycitric acid) have been extensively studied for thousands of years. It is found to be effective in inhibiting lipogenesis, suppressing appetite and encouraging weight loss.

Garcinia herb has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of chronic indigestion, stomach disorders and rheumatism. Garcinia Cambogia is a relative new herbal supplement, but it has been used for thousands of years in the western countries as a food supplement. It has been traditionally used as an appetite suppressant and to inhibit the absorption and synthesis of fat.

Garcinia cambogia is a dietary aid and the leaves of Garcinia are used as one of the most potent agents to control diabetes. Its major benefit is in the treatment of obesity. In Ayurveda, the flavors of Garcinia cambogia have been considered to activate digestion and are used as purgatives. It has been used in the treatment of worms, tumors and dysentery. Garcinia cambogia extract is found to increase the mucosal defensive mechanisms in stomach and it is helpful as a protective agent against gastric ulcers. Traditionally, it was also used for rheumatism and bowel complaints.

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