Chao Zhi Ke is a stimulant ingredient that comes from a plant and often finds itself among the ingredients in diet pills. This is particularly true of pills based on Chinese medicine. That said, it can also appear under a range of other names, through which it is popular in countries around the world.
Other names by which Chao Zhi Ke may be called on a diet pill label include: bigarade, bitter orange flower, norsynephrine, octopamine HCl, Orange de Seville, Synephrine HCl, Zhi Qiao, Zhi Ke, Zhi Shi, Synephrine Hydrochloride, Methyl-Synephrine HCl, sour orange, citrus vulgaris, aurantium, aurantii fructus immaturus, aurantii fructus, orange verte, and many others.
This plant is used in many different ways to produce various kinds of medicine. Depending on the use, it could involve the leaf, flower, fruit juice, fruit or peel. Chao Zhi Ke oil is made from the fruit’s peel.
This ingredient is used both orally and topically for medicinal purposes, but is nearly always taken orally for the purpose of weight loss. That said, the only real proof science has provided in favor of using this ingredient topically has been for overcoming fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm.
Although Chao Zhi Ke is extremely common in diet pills, some research suggests that it actually works to boost a user’s appetite. That said, it can also help to reduce stomach upset, ease nasal congestion and overcome symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. The reason is that it contains synephrine, which is a powerful stimulant. Therefore it can help to promote alertness and produce other effects associated with central nervous system stimulation.
Some people also use products containing this ingredient to treat hair loss, frostbite, anemia, skin impurities and as an overall tonic. Some also use its aromatherapeutic properties as a form of painkiller.
This ingredient became highly popular when ephedra was banned by the FDA in 2004. Ephedra produced serious heart side effects and was linked with several deaths. Chao Zhi Ke, as a strong stimulant, made its way into many more formulas to replace ephedra, which had been exceptionally poplar before it was banned. That said, scientific research has yet to produce any evidence that would say that this powerful stimulant is any safer than ephedra – which was also a powerful stimulant.
This ingredient is not considered safe for all potential users. It is highly important to speak with a doctor before taking a product with this substance listed in its formula.