Hoodia gordonii is the Latin name of the
Hoodia, one of the most popular herbs in the world today.
plant’s popularity is attributed to its ability to promote
loss. The plant is native to South African deserts, particularly the
Kalahari Desert and the Namib Desert where many species wildly grow.
Hoodia is a genus of 13 species belonging to the flowering plant family
of Apocynaceae, and can reach up to one meter in height. Because it
carries a remarkable similarity to the cactus plant, Hoodia has been
described as a cactiform. However, unlike the cactus plant, Hoodia can
grow large flowers that carry a strong smell and a soft flesh color.
Hoodia gordonii is currently known as an
suppressant. This reputation is being investigated by the media, as
well as the scientific community, in an effort to shed light on the
plant’s true medicinal value as far as weight loss is
In the past few years, the South African
Hoodia Gordonii has been largely
marketed as an effective weight loss ingredient, but this
effectiveness, not to mention the plant’s safety, has yet to
established scientifically. For this reason, consumers are advised to
practice caution and seek medical opinion before buying any weight loss
supplement with Hoodia.
Many people these days are keener on
medicine or herbal products for health care. However, manufacturers of
weight loss supplements that contain the South African Hoodia are
facing difficulty in getting hold of the plant. Today, Hoodia is
presently listed in the CITES (Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The plant is at risk of
becoming extinct if trade is left unregulated and uncontrolled.