Weight Loss Aids
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
- 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)
- Coleus forskohlii
- Combination Herb/Supplement Therapies
- Ephedrine (Alone or With Caffeine)
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Green Tea
- Hoodia gordonii
- Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) ( Garcinia cambogia )
- Low-carb Diet
- Low-glycemic Index Diet
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Many Others
Principal Proposed Natural Treatments
Other Proposed Treatments for Weight Loss
Caffeine and Ephedrine
Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
Other Approaches to Weight Loss
- Anemarrhena asphodeloides
- Azadirachta indica ( neem )
- Bilberry leaf
- Bitter melon ( Momordica charantia )
- Catharanthus roseus
- Coccinia indica
- Cucumis sativus
- Cucurbita ficifolia
- Cuminum cyminum (cumin)
- Euphorbia prostrata
- Guaiacum coulteri
- Guazuma ulmifolia
- Holy basil ( Ocimum sanctum)
- Lepechinia caulescens
- Musa sapientum L. (banana)
- Nopal cactus ( Opuntia streptacantha )
- Psacalium peltatum
- Rhizophora mangle
- Salacia oblonga
- Salt bush
- Spinacea oleracea
- Tournefortia hirsutissima
- Turnera diffusa
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -