Latin name: Garcinia cambogia (Guttiferae) Desr., G. gummi gutta (L.) Rob.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Vrikshamla, Kankusta
Garcinia is an evergreen tree that grows in abundance in the Western Ghats of India and Goa. It is now a cultivated tree for its fruit which is highly sought after for its use as a potential fat burner. The herb has been used in traditional medicine for weight management. It also lowers lipid levels.
The most important compound in Garcinia is found it is rind. It is called Hydroxycitric acid or HCA. HCA is known to enhance the metabolism and subsequently aid fat loss. It also suppresses appetite and helps to maintain optimum body weight.
Used Of Vrikshamla
- Rheumatism: Garcinia extracts are used for treating rheumatism and also for stomach disorders.
- Anti-obesity: It contains HCA which prevents the production of fat and helps to maintain optimum weight. It is used as a fat loss agent and to treat obesity.