There are many plants that are helpful for humans in many ways, and they have various types of medicinal values. Similarly, hoodia gordonii is one of the leafless spiny plants, which is juicy in nature and has extraordinary medicinal values. You can find this plant grow in various regions of Namibia and South Africa. Hoodia gordonii grows abundantly in these areas. The smell of its flowers is very moldy and stinking as described by the travelers. The flowers, generally, are occupied by flies or pollinated by flies and other insects. It’s amazing that the local people of South African tribes call this plant as Ihoba.
The origin name of this plant formed sometime in 1779, when this plant was first discovered by Robert Jacob Gordon, near the Orange River. During that time this leafless plant was known as Stapelia or the unknown shrub of the known diseases. However, with the passage of time, things got changed and this small plant got its name as Hoodia gordonii. It was Robert Jacob Gordon who first painted and studied it. During that period more people came to know its uses and this plant became one of the famous and the most prominent candidate in the field of medicine. With the emergence of technology and biochemistry, these plants have gained much popularity and today, people from all over the world know about the advantages and benefits of this unique species of plants.
Hoodia gordonii can be used in many ways in terms of medical field. People of South Africa, in olden days, used it for various infections and minor diseases. One of the best and major uses of it is that it treats indigestion. In ancient times, hunters used this plant to hunt down their preys in order to entice them with the smell of its flowers as they smell like rotten meat. This would attract a huge number of wild animals but little did they know that they were actually hunted. In this manner, Hoodia also helped the hunters in many ways, especially in their hunting tasks and missions. Hoodia is also popular as an appetite-suppressant supplement. However studies are carried out in order to understand the true nature and characteristics of it. Meantime people still find it as a great diet supplement that help them with cutting down their appetites to control their weight.