Hoodia is a flowering succulent plant with several medicinal properties found in the Kalahari desert. It is a beneficial health supplement which is sometimes used to make medicines too.

Functions of Hoodia

  • Hoodia helps suppress appetite thereby helping people achieve their weight loss goals faster. Hoodia helps suppress hunger and is therefore often used by people in the fashion and media industry. It is especially popular in the treatment of .
  • Hoodia may also be useful in treating stomach related problems and intestinal infections in patients.
  • Hoodia may help soothe blood problems to a certain extent although it should be used along with other supplements for maximum benefits.
  • Since they are like cactus, they have a great ability to store water. This can help people who are suffering from dehydration related problems. It is especially useful during extreme summers to help prevent dehydration. By consuming good quantities of Hoodia, the body receives adequate hydration.
  • It can be used as diet supplements that offer other benefits besides curbing one’s appetite.
  • There are several species of Hoodia available; some are used as gardening plants while others are used as diet supplements.
  • Hoodia may also be used to relieve certain kinds of stomach conditions like indigestion, hemorrhoids and cramps.
  • It may be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of Tuberculosis.
  • Hoodia can also be used to regularize blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.

Tips and Warnings


  • Hoodia comes in several forms like a powder, pill and liquid extract. When used as a medicine it is advisable to double check which form is best suited to your condition and how much dosage is required.
  • It is widely available over the counter and a prescription is not required to buy Hoodia based medicines. However, it is always safer to consult a doctor or medical practitioner before consuming Hoodia as a medicine.
  • Hoodia is not a very well researched supplement.
  • It is not known if the supplement is safe for everyone.
  • If advised to consume it, do so only under strict medical supervision.
  • People in fragile conditions and those who are pregnant or breast feeding should avoid taking Hoodia in any form.
  • Hoodia is used for weight loss measures however, too much can lead to eating disorders eventually.
  • Since it curbs a patient’s appetite, it may eventually lead to other digestive problems and even lead to  the buildup of acids in the body.
  • In some cases people may experience chronic constipation as a result of too much Hoodia.
  • Hoodia cannot be used in children who are very young. During a person’s developing years, no kind of appetite reducing medication should be used. It may affect the child’s physical and mental development.
  • Hoodia should be used for short periods of time only. Long term use will result in several other complications.
  • Hoodia is safe when used in small quantities. However, large quantities might lead to nausea, diarrhea, stomach infections or even extreme vomiting.