I have not tried it but recently looked it up and discovered it has some nasty side-effects such as heart trouble, kidney damage, insomnia and diarrhea. The tea supposedly contains senna, which is a harsh laxative and known to cause [a] dependence on laxatives if used too long, [b] vitamin and mineral deficiencies because of the diarrhea effect. One medical researcher has concerns that it may be related to cancer because of some of the ingredients.
My own personal hesitation is that there is zero guarantee that products like this coming from China aren't contaminated with something - many of their products are and the FDA doesn't test 'everything' - they tend to look at drugs more carefully than teas like this but the truth is that this actually is an OTC drug taken in tea form.
There is also some concern that this tea may contain sibutramine, which was banned in the US because of its link to heart damage and other serious problems. Add to that the high chance it may have toxic properties from pesticides or other unexpected things in the mixture, and I'd be very wary.
I think this is the type of thing that people SAY causes them to lose weight because they basically 'empty their bowels' - I've read that the contents of our bowels [that is, how much poop we have inside us] can weight 8-10 lbs so flushing that out would make the scale numbers go down, even though our physical condition and/or 'fat distribution' has no change. If it also has a bit of a diuretic effect, which I suspect because of the fear of kidney damage, it would cause the appearance of 'weight loss' from that as well - there appears to be no evidence that this actually affects our body fat or metabolism, other than the same type of effect you might get from a cup of coffee.
Keep us informed about whether you decide to try it and if you do, let us know how well it seems to work with you!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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