Hoodia Gordonii

Project Profile
  • Hoodia gordonii is a desert plant with other names hoodia, xhooba, !khoba, Ghaap, hoodia cactus, South African desert cactus
  • Hoodia  is a cactus-like plant that grows primarily in the semi-deserts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola.
  • Varieties:Hoodia cunorii, Hoodia gordonii or Hoodia lugardii
  • The governments of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa requested that all 15 species of the hoodia cactus plant be protected, because they were concerned that the other species could be mistaken for hoodia gordonii and harvested for use as an appetite suppressant. For this reason propagating hoodia gordonii requires special permitting and exporting any species of hoodia cactus plant requires a CITES permit.
  • In the last few years, hoodia has been heavily marketed for weight loss and has become immensely popular.
  • The research cited by many health supplement companies concerning how hoodia works to suppress the appetite was performed by D.B. MacLean and L.G. Luo at the Division of Endocrinology of Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. This research was performed on laboratory rats and involved injecting the purified p57 molecule obtained from the hoodia
  • Multinational Pharma company has developed and Commercialize Obesity Drug (P57)
  • Reputed Laboratory is able to test and certify presence of Hoodia ingredients & purity
  • Steroidal glycosides in Hoodia are thousands times stronger than blood sugar. Even a small quantity of Hoodia will send a very strong signal to the brain that you are full, even if you have not eaten, thus greatly reducing appetite. It has no known side effects nor interference with medications.
  • The top US food giant  has developed a Hoodia Tea and has plans to introduce a Hoodia Spread. Hoodia UK also are developing a Hoodia Tea which will be available from July along with Hoodia Fruit Juice Drink and Hoodia 5 Fruit Snack Bars
General Information
  • Hoodia Cactus Guide
  • Basic Data
  • Desert Plant
  • Monograph
  • Plant Profile
  • Hoodia
  • FAQ
  • Q&A

Propagation & Processing

  • Crop Prfile
  • Growers License
  • Cultivation Projects
  • Propagation
  • From Harvesting to Capsules
  • Process Development - Timeline
  • Licensed farm
  • Cultivation & Contacts
  • Hoodia Extracts
  • Manufacturing Profile
  • Production, Process controls, Equipments & Capacities
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Hoodia Seeds Suppliers
  •  Seeds for Sale
  • Tissue Culture Technology Sources

 Equipment suppliers

  • Plant, Machinery & Technology Sources
  • HPLC Data Systems
  • Machinery Supplier

Company Profiles

  • Unilever
  • Trading Company
  • Rebirth Africa
  • DesertBurn
  • GeoPharma
  • Pure Herbal Extracts
  • Naturex
  • Technology Company
  • Seeds Company

Quality Issues

  • Test Results
  • Certificate of Analysis
  • Hoodia Species for Identity & Purity
  • HPLC
  • HPTLC - Juice
  • Photo Documentation
  • Quantitative Analysis
Technology Sources & Patents
  • Hoodia Plant - ABS Regulations
  • Technology Companies
  • Joint Patenting
  •  Hoodia Extract - regulations
  • Oxypregnane Glycosides
  • Appetite suppressant agent
  • CSIR
  • Issues
  • IPR


  • Business Opportunities
  • Products of Botswana
  • Products in the Market
  • Illegal Exports
  • Illegal Trade
  • Hoodia Growers
  • Namibia
  • The Southern African Hoodia Growers


  • Dried Herbs - Hoodia Powder
  • Seattle Company Products
  • Desert Juice
  • Hoodia Java Blend
  • Phentramine
  • Powder
  • Products & Prices - Compared
  • Snacks


  • Status Report
  • P57 - Determination
  • Hoodia Processing

Information Sources

  • Discussion Forum
  • Hoodia rights
  • Basic Facts
  • Hoodia Ranch
  • Endangered Species
  • Biotechnology - Africa
  • Hoodia Lab Testing
  • Bulletin
  • Trichocaulon