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Traditional herbal medicine for weight management: A Review

Authors: E. Valizadeh, F. Ghalichiand A. Ostadrahimi

Int J Med Res Health Sci.393-399 | pdf PDF Full Text

The prevalence of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in recent years. Many drugs for weight managing are
available in the market; however their adverse effects and hazards have not been thoroughly evaluated, therefore
herbal medicines are being proposed as an efficient, inexpensive and safe alternative. This review will address the
current advances in using traditional herbal plants in obese and overweight humans and animals. Searching data
bases were PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar and Science direct, reported between 1990 and 2014. Articles were
screened and selected by two researchers. Based on the available literature, abstract/full randomized clinical trials
(RCTs), evidence studies, reviews, systematic reviews and books were surveyed. Studies with LI85008F, Itrifal
Saghir, Hunteria umbellate, Morus alba, Melissa officinalis, and Artemisia capillarie, pomegranate leaf (PLE), NT
(rhubarb, ginger, astragulus, red sage, and turmeric) combined with gallic acid (GA), ephedrine, caffeine, salicin,
Adlay seed crude extract (ACE), Bufo-tsusho-san (BF) and Stimulant-free supplement (glucomannan, chitosan,
fenugreek, Gymnema sylvestre, and vitamin C) show significant decreases in body weight. Only, NT (rhubarb,
ginger, astragulus, red sage, turmeric) caused dose-limiting gastrointestinal toxicity. Additionally, Ma Huang and
Guarana (ephedrine alkaloid and caffeine) caused mouth dryness, insomnia and headache. No other significant
adverse effects were reported in all 31 trials included in this article. This review highlights the need for higherquality randomized, controlled trials to confirm the results

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