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PCT Notable Inventions: Hoodia appetite suppressant

The Hoodia plant (Hoodia gordonia) – a crunchy, cucumber-like succulent – grows in the Kalahari Desert, which for thousands of years has also been home to a South African tribe known as the San.

The San have used the Hoodia plant for centuries as a food and water source.  This practice was brought to the attention of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) based in Pretoria, who undertook research on the plant, and with the agreement of the San, filed a PCT application on the various properties of the Hoodia plant in 1998.

Hoodia Appetite Suppressant
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PCT Application:
  • (WO 98/46243) Pharmaceutical Compositions Having Appetite Suppressant Activity
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