Cha de Bugre is a popular weight loss aid in Brazil and is a common ingredient in “Brazilian diet pills” that are also becoming popular in North America. Some of these “Brazilian diet pills” are also thought to contain prescription amphetamines and tranquilizers.
Cha de Bugre is also used to treat cellulite, cough, fluid retention (edema), gout, cancer, herpes, viral infections, fever, and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used as a general tonic to improve blood circulation and heart function.
Some people apply Cha de Bugre directly to the skin for wound healing.
- Preliminary research suggests that certain other natural remedies may offer appetite-suppressing effects. For instance, there’s some evidence that capsaicin may help reduce appetite, possibly by decreasing your levels of ghrelin (a hormone involved in promoting hunger).
- If you’re looking to lose weight, the National Institutes of Health recommend following a weight-management plan that pairs healthy eating with regular exercise. Keeping a food diary, getting sufficient sleep, and managing your stress may also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- In addition, there’s some evidence that certain alternative therapies (including yoga, meditation, and tai chi) may support weight-loss efforts.
- Some studies also indicate that drinking green tea on a regular basis, maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D, and increasing your intake of fiber-rich substances (such as flaxseed) may help promote weight loss.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Cha-De-Bugre during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Lithium interacts with CHA DE BUGRE
Cha de bugre might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking cha de bugre might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
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