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Caralluma acutangula Bild0685.jpg
Caralluma acuntangula inflorescence
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Ceropegieae
Subtribe: Stapeliinae
Genus: Caralluma

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Sarcocodon N.E.Br.
Spathulopetalum Chiov.[1]

Caralluma is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, consisting of about 120 species. The generic name is derived from the Arabic word qahr al-luhum, meaning "wound in the flesh" or "abscess," referring to the floral odour. Most of the species occur in Africa, including several taxa valued by people for their medicinal properties.

Medicinal Applications[edit]

A weight loss dietary supplement has been introduced recently consisting of material from the Caralluma fimbriata plant. A study in 2007 looked at 50 adults with a body mass of >25kg/m2 who received either 1 g of Caralluma extract or a placedo for 60 days.[2] The treatment group showed a significant decline in waist circumference and hunger levels, and weight was lower but not at a level of significance. However, a larger prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled study lasting 12 weeks and involving 47 (treatment group using 1g/d of Caralluma fimbriata extract) and 42 (placebo group) subjects published in 2015 failed to show significant differences in clinical and biochemical parameters.[3] The authors did not notice harmful sideeffects and recommended further studies.

Selected species[edit]

Formerly placed here[edit]


  1. ^ "Genus: Caralluma R. Br.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-04-15. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  2. ^ Kuriyan R, Raj T, Srinivas SK, Vaz M, Rajendran R, Kurpad AV. "Effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometry in adult Indian men and women.". Appetite 2007 48(3):338-44. PMID 17097761. 
  3. ^ Arora E, Khajuria V, Tandon VR, Sharma A, Mahajan A, Gillani ZH, Choudhari N. "To evaluate efficacy and safety of Caralluma fimbriata in overweight and obese patients: A randomized, single blinded, placebo control trial.". Perspect Clin Res 2015 6(1):39-44. doi:10.4103/2229-3485.148812. PMID 25657901. 

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