GUGGUL, Commiphora mukul

GUGGUL

Latin name:           Commiphora mukul

English name: Mukul myrrh

Sanskrit name: Gugulipid, Gum guggulu

Indian name: Guggul

Medicinal parts used: Roots, Rhizomes

Commiphora mukul tree is a small, thorny plant distributed throughout India. Guggul and gum guggulu are the names given to a yellowish resin produced by the stem of the plant. This resin has been used historically and is also the source of modern extracts of guggul.

Guggul plays a major role in the traditional herbal medicine of India. It is often combined with other herbs and used in the treatment of arthritis, skin diseases, and pains in the nervous system, obesity, digestive problems, infections in the mouth, and menstrual problems.

Therapeutic use:

  • Guggul significantly lowers serum triglycerides and cholesterol as well as LDL and VLDL cholesterols (the “bad” cholesterols). At the same time, it raises levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
  • As antioxidants, guggulsterones keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, an action which protects against atherosclerosis.
  • Guggul has also been shown to reduce the stickiness of platelets—another effect that lowers the risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Guggul is a fat burner, acts as thermogenic and controls obesity.
  • Guggul is a gum like substance in plant extract which helps to produce white blood cells and acts as a disinfectant.
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