Recognising the traditional knowledge of the San people: The Hoodia
case of benefit sharing.
offers all plain game - zebra, Oryx, gazelle - as well as the "big five" game, lions included.
Although manufacturers of hoodia
supplements claim that their products work as appetite suppressants that aid in weight loss, there is no evidence from scientific studies indicating that hoodia
is effective for weight loss.
These findings haven't impacted hoodia
sales--it's one of the most widely used natural weight loss supplements in the country.
How it "works": Hoodia
reduces food cravings, so you eat less.
Commercialization of Hoodia
gordoni as a dietary supplement has created major interest around the world and further development of hoodia
as a functional food for management of weight remains important, according to CSIR.
Protecting traditional knowledge: the San and Hoodia
gordonii (Masson) Sweet ex Decne is a spiny succulent plant that was traditionally used by the Khoisan people of South Africa and Namibia to suppress hunger and thirst while on long hunting trips or in times of famine.
A review of her history revealed that a month earlier, she had started taking a daily compounding drug (components included artichoke, Centella asiatica, chlordiazepoxide, Rhamnus purshiana, furosemide, phenolphthalein, Hoodia
gordonii, and metformin) and hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg once a day, both prescribed by a doctor for peripheral edema.
However, when a private company is doing the survey with the aim of developing commercial products, rigorous procedures in the form of a legal framework are required to ensure the protection of indigenous knowledge rights and a clear provision for the equitable sharing of the benefits to be derived from the use of the knowledge (see the Hoodia
example discussed below).
Dietary supplements include Hoodia
gordonii, which grows in the Kalahari Desert, where it was used for its appetite-suppressant properties.
Purple Lab debuted in May 2009 with its first beauty product, Huge Lips Skinny Hips, a lip plumping gloss enriched with hoodia