Some alternative medical treatments are helpful but a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association says a widely used herbal compound for weight loss is not effective
The compound involved is called garcinia cambogia.
The study showed this herb did not produce any more weight loss than a placebo.
It's important to be sure alternative therapies are truly effective before trying them out.
I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.
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