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Childhood Obesity: Complementary/Alternative Treatments

Avoid herbal appetite suppressants, as their safety and efficacy has not been proven and they have not been tested on children or teens. Some so-called natural remedies or weight loss supplements or teas can even be dangerous. For example, ma-huang, which has been banned in the U.S., is an appetite suppressant that acts as a stimulant, so it can have dangerous cardiac effects.