Caralluma fimbriata is a popular edible cactus from India. It grows abundantly throughout India’s interior, even along the roadsides. It’s part of the diet of several native Indian populations. For centuries, Caralluma fimbriata has been used in India as a hunger and thirst blocker. Although the extract is mainly used for weight control, recent studies have revealed other potential benefits such as its antioxidant, energy-boosting, and glucose-lowering activities. An Indian herb widely used for obesity in traditional medicine. It is an edible succulent cacti, which belongs to the family Asclepiadaceae. It is well-known as a famine food, appetite suppressant and grows wild all over India.
Currently, the only human study used 1,000mg of a 14:1 concentrated extract (equivalent to 14g of the plant in dry weight). This dose appeared to be effective, and is currently the only lead for what oral dosage of supplementation is needed. Caralluma fimbriata appears to require up to a month or so to work for appetite suppression.