Hoodia Gordonii is a plant. In order to make the plant marketable and readily available to the general public, manufacturers either grind the whole plant into a powder or use alcohol to concentrate the active ingredients. The finished product is then sold in capsules, tablets or liquid form and most recently in the form of the ‘Hoodia patch’.
Hoodia Gordonii in its natural form has an appetite suppressing effect, which can be used as an aid to lose weight. Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent that resembles a ‘cactus’ and grows wild in the deserts of Africa. Hoodia patches are just one of the many Hoodia Gordonii products available.
The ‘Hoodia patch’ technique called ‘transdermal process’ is used through the skin. ‘Hoodia nicotine patch’ is another aid for those people who are trying to quit smoking. ‘Hoodia patches’ are aids for those who are trying to lose weight.
Many people prefer a transdermal patch because they can put it on in the morning and forget about it. The ‘Hoodia patch’, like other transdermal patches, uses a time-released mechanism so that a small amount of the active ingredient is released into the blood circulation system throughout the day. If the patch comes off, it must be replaced with another one. Ideally a person should be able to use one ‘Hoodia patch’ per day, replacing it every 24 hours.
Busy people may not remember when their next meal will be. ‘Hoodia patches’ may offer a solution for these people. Hoodia suppresses thirst as well as appetite. In order to avoid dehydration, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water, even if one is not thirsty. There are no known side effects associated with Hoodia. The Hoodia patch does not contain drugs, so disposal or skin-to-skin contact should not be a problem like it is with nicotine and hormonal patches.
Before jumping on to a weight loss program consult your doctor. It is advisable to reduce calories gradually.