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GAMBOGIA

INTRODUCTION

It is known as Gummi gutti, Gamboge, etc. Gamboge or gummi-gutti is a resin traditionally obtained from different species of Garcinia including Garcinia morella, Garcinia cambogia, etc. It is native to Asia, Australia, topical and southern Africa. In India it is distributed in Assam, Bengal, and Western Ghats from northern Karnataka and southward to Kerala. Gamboge contains 70% to 80% yellow resin and 15% to 25% water soluble gum and the remaining portion is composed of esters, hydrocarbons, wax and ash. Gambogic acid is the main constituent of Resin. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States. Resin obtained from Garcinia morella is used in the preparation of homoeopathic mother tincture.

Research interest has gained recently with this drug on anti-obesity activity. The remedy’s role in obesity and weight reduction is scientifically found. Administration of its constituent Gambogic acid significantly decreased the body weight of mice fed a high fat diet, whereas, there was no decrease in lean mice, suggesting its role limited to the obesity not reducing the weight in normal subjects.

It is indicated mainly for gastrointestinal function. It acts as strong purgative. It causes vomiting and colic. It has property to increase metabolism so it helps in weight loss. Gambogia contains certain amount of vitamin”C” and has been used as heart tonic. From the recent study it has come to know that Gambogia has antioxidant and anticancer properties. It is also used for the expulsion of tapeworm, in torpor of the bowels, dysmenorrhoea, etc. It has abortifacient action in large dose.

Indications: Weight loss, constipation, tumours, amenorrhoea, etc.

Schwabe’s Gambogia Ø can be used alone or as supplement to other medicines.

Dosage:  Unless otherwise prescribed, 10-20 drops 2-3 times a day, depending upon the case.  Children should be given half of the adult dose.  If complaints are not relieved, consult a specialist.

Side effects:  No side effects of Schwabe’s Gambogia Ø are known in therapeutic doses. It is to be avoided during pregnancy.

Contraindications:  No contra-indications for the use of Schwabe’s Gambogia Ø are known.

Interactions:  No interactions between Schwabe’s Gambogia Ø and other products are known.

Presentation:  Bottle of 30ml.


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