A SURVEY OF MARKETED AYURVEDIC/HERBAL ANTI-OBESITY PRODUCTS


Jyotibala Banjare, Supriya Bhalerao

Abstract


Objective: Ayurvedic/herbal medicines are easy to access and hence are becoming alternative for obesity management. The present study was done to find out the availability of herbal anti-obesity drugs in pharmacy and online website.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey on ayurvedic/herbal drugs in local pharmacies was conducted in order to obtain data for accessible marketed anti-obesity formulations. A total of 15 pharmacies and 40 online websites were selected randomly and data available with respect to the anti-obesity formulations using predefined criteria was collected.

Results: The information revealed the presence of 65 formulations on these two outlets. The study showed 20 (31%) products were available in pharmacies, 15 (23%) were available only through online shopping while 30 (46%) products were available for marketing at both the places. The study results showed that highest 41% of the herbal medicine have triphala followed by garcinia and guggul as part of the composition or used individually. As per pharmacist, 60-70% of herbal anti-obesity drugs are being purchased without a prescription. There are many online websites available, selling herbal anti-obesity drugs with titles of safety and guaranteed weight loss.

Conclusion: The study revealed the rampant availability of ayurvedic/herbal drugs in the market possibly due to the attractive names, tall claims and assumed safety about these drugs. 


Keywords


Ayurveda, Herbal, Weight loss, Anti-obesity

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Title

A SURVEY OF MARKETED AYURVEDIC/HERBAL ANTI-OBESITY PRODUCTS

Keywords

Ayurveda, Herbal, Weight loss, Anti-obesity

Date

01-06-2016

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Journal

International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vol 8, Issue 8, 2016 Page: 384-386

Online ISSN

0975-1491

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Authors & Affiliations

Jyotibala Banjare
Interavtive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidypeeth Deemed University India
India

Supriya Bhalerao


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