Malabar Tamarind — Garcinia cambogia

GarciniaCambogiafruit05Family Guttifferae

Part used: Fruit.

Herbal action: Diuretic, cholagogue, demulcent, purgative, vermifuge, used for edema and as an antiscorbutic

Indications: For weight loss, energy increase and sugar metabolism problems.

Medicinal uses: Garcinia has been used historically in India for treatment of edema, delayed menstruation, constipation and intestinal parasites. This herb is currently used in the United States as a component of weight loss formulas.

A decoction of the fruit rind is given in rheumatism and bowel complaints. The organic acid known as (-)HCA is the primary acid found in the fruit and rind of garcinia. The fruit rind and extracts of G. cambogia are used in many traditional recipes. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, some flavors are said to activate digestion and are used as purgatives, in the treatment of worms and parasites, tumours and dysentery. Neither acute nor chronic toxicity is reported with regular consumption of Garcinia products as either food or tonics. These products have been used routinely in the coastal areas of South Asia for centuries and they continue to be consumed in large amounts.