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Cellulite Remedies – US Patents And Real Science

By Dr. Amy McDowell

Natural cellulite remedies may or may not be effective. Fortunately, some of them are. The key is to find out which ones are the best based on scientific evidence. And this depends on finding the right source of information. Fortunately, the best such information is free to the public through two U.S. government sites that maintain large databases of research. One is PubMed, which is the database of medical research that is maintained by the National Institutes of Health. The other is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. By just using these databases, you can search for whatever scientific evidence is known about exactly how good a cellulite treatment might be. In fact, these two sites are great sources for data that let you compare real scientific information with the often outrageous marketing claims that are typical of most cellulite remedies. This is a good way to gather information that can help you decide what products to buy.

Searching U.S. Patents

Find the free patent site by searching for ‘uspto’. You can search on any term there, such as ‘cellulite’, and find all patents related to that topic. The easiest type of search is a title search, which means that the search term must be in the title of the patent. A recent title search on ‘cellulite’, for example, yielded almost 40 patents with this term in the title. The search result list give you links to each patent, where you can examine the exact ingredients and specific claims about the composition. (Although this list gives you access to the full patent, it is a bit difficult to view in its entirety online. To get the printed copy, which is what I do, you have to order it through the website. It is a bargain, though. My most recent purchase was only 6.00 dollars for a full printout with tables, figures, and references.)

One caution about herbal patents to keep in mind is that they are composition patents. This just means that are not like drug patents that are allowed to make medical claims. Direct medical claims are not allowed in composition patents.

Searching PubMed

The PubMed medical database lists pertinent research on cellulite via several different keywords. For the time being, just searching on ‘cellulite’ yields more than 200 articles. You can retrieve the abstract of each article that you find there. Although most scientific articles are accompanied by an abstract that is free, the full article generally requires a paid subscription to the journal or a one-time purchase of the article itself. If the abstract is a good one, you can get a lot of detail about the study before deciding whether to order the full article. Unfortunately, scientific articles are too often prohibitively expensive (30 dollars or more).

Finding Information

The reason that I am pursuing this topic is because a friend of mine recently pitched me on a new product that is supposed to shrink inches around your waist within an hour. In searching for the science behind this herb-based product, I found some pretty good indirect research for its efficacy. The product itself has not been studied directly in any scientific research that I could find, so I am reserving my recommendations on it until I feel confident that it either does or does not work and why.

Perhaps your best approach to digging up information on any product that you want to know about is to look for any science behind it in one or both of the two databases that I use frequently. The U.S. Patent and Trademark database gives you a potential commercial perspective, and the PubMed database gives you a medical research perspective. Both databases are extensive, so it may take a bit of searching before you find what you are looking for. The possibility of finding solid scientific information is worth it, though. However, it may turn out, as it often does, that you will find nothing on your product at all. In fact, this is the most common outcome regarding the majority of commercial products.

Dr. Dennis Clark provides his scientific views of cellulite treatment at and what his science-based recommendations are for the best cellulite treatment based on real science.

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