Kudampuli is a small yellowish pumpkin-shaped sour fruit and is highly praised in Ayurveda and alternative medicine for its excellent anti-colic action. For any problems related to colon, the large intestine, this is a great medicine. It is also a powerful anti-spasmodic, preventing spasms in intestines. This is also good for inflammatory bowel diseases.
The fruit of Garcinia cambogia has been traditionally used in food preparation and cooking. Garcinia is considered to make foods more filling and satisfying and has been used routinely for many centuries with no toxicity.
In Indian traditional medicine, various species of this plant were prescribed for edema, delayed menstruation, constipation and intestinal parasites. In the form of precoction, it was also used for rheumatism and bowel complaints.
Garcinia and its active ingredient, HCA (hydroxycitric acid) have been extensively studied for over thirty years and found to be effective in inhibiting lipogenesis, suppressing appetite and encouraging weight-loss in ratory animals.
It suppresses appetite thus reducing food consumption. It also potentially increases caloric burning there by elevating the body’s production of heat. It is nature’s answer to weight loss. Some other herbs like St John wort, Chromiusm and 5 HTP are used with G. cambogia for helping the overweight persons.
Various species of Garcinia
Kudampuli is known for its medicinal values in Ayurveda. It helps to promote digestion, and a decoction (kashayam) made out of it is used against arthritis and some uterine deceases. In Ayurveda kudampuli is also used for treating stomach ulcers, as carminative and antiseptic. There are claims that kudampuli may reduce cholesterol levels. It is also widely accepted as a weight reducing agent; several anti-obesity formulations containing dried and ground kudampuli rind are available in the market. New research indicates that kudampuli may be useful in diabetes management as well.
Other ailments treated with Garcinia Cambogia are: rheumatism, bowel complaints, piles, bilious affections; acts as antioxidant, anticatarrhal, demulcent, thermogenic, cardiotonic, anti-cancer, edema, intestinal parasites or antihelminthic
In use: fruit and bark of roots; paste and oil. Oil is used in early healing of wounds and skin related disorders.