Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2013 Mar 30; 5(1):30-38

Herbal medicines as coadjuvants in the treatment of obesity

López-Regueiro S1, Ramos Sáiz EM2, López-Picado A3, Burgos-Alonso N4, Arana-Salaberría A4
1. Farmacéutica comunitaria, Erandio (Vizcaya) 2. Farmacéutica comunitaria, Santurce (Vizcaya) 3. Unidad de Investigación de Álava 4. Departamento de Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública, UPV/EHU
López-Regueiro S, Ramos EM, López-Picado A, Burgos-Alonso N, Arana-Salaberría A. Fitoterapia como coadyuvante en el tratamiento de la obesidad. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2013 Mar 30; 5(1):30-38
Abstract : 

One of the most important health problems in the world is obesity, due to its relationship with numerous illnesses such as diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension and the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The basis of treatment is diet and physical activity, but in some cases, this is not enough and it has to be combined with a pharmacological treatment. Recently, sibutramine was withdrawn from the market, so orlistat is the only medication that is suitable for this therapy; however orlistat is not without contraindications or side effects. Owing to this situation, phytotherapy treatments are being taken up again. Nevertheless, in some cases there are several doubts. In this review, we intend to provide the necessary information regarding the main plants that are used in the treatment of obesity.

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