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Natural products: A safest approach for obesity

Abstract

Obesity is recognized as a social problem, associated with serious health risks and increased mortality. Numerous trials have been conducted to find and develop new anti-obesity drugs through herbal sources to minimize adverse reactions associated with the present anti-obesity drugs. The use of natural products as medicine has been documented for hundreds of years in various traditional systems of medicines throughout the world. This review focuses on the medicinal plants such as Achyranthus aspera, Camellia sinensis, Emblica officinalis, Garcinia cambogia, Terminalia arjuna, etc., being used traditionally in Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha and Chinese, etc., systems of medicine. The review also highlights recent reported phytochemicals such as escins, perennisosides, dioscin, gracillin, etc., and the various extracts of the plants like Nelumbo nucifera, Panax japonicas, Cichorium intybus, Cyperus rotundus, Paeonia suffruticosa, etc., which have been successfully identified for the treatment of obesity.

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Vasudeva, N., Yadav, N. & Sharma, S.K. Natural products: A safest approach for obesity. Chin. J. Integr. Med. 18, 473–480 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11655-012-1120-0

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Keywords

  • Ayurveda
  • Chinese medicine
  • obesity
  • Siddha
  • Unani medicine