8.3 Famous Ayurvedic
8.3.6 GUGGULU (Commiphora mukul, Hooker,
Taste: Bitter, astringent and sweet
Attribute: Subtle, slimy and non-slimy
General Action: Aphrodisiac, promotes overall strength, digestive stimulant, regulates metabolism, anticholestrol
Specific Action: Rejuvenating
Therapeutic Action: Lower kapha and vata, does not aggravate pitta unless taken in high doses or for long periods
Ayurveda has a high respect for Guggulu, which is a dark gum from a small tree. It is related to the myrrh tree and is the basis for many different compound in Ayurvedic medicine. Guggulu is usually mixed with other herbs to enhance and guide them to a specific action in the body. It is considered to be a strong rejuvenating and purifying substance. Guggulu is reputed to have aphodisiac properties, it reduces fat, toxins and other excess matter in the tissues. Effective in treating arthritis, digestive disorders, and many other problems, such as diabetes disorders, and many other problems, such as diabetes and ulcers.
Modern research shows that it is the prime Ayurvedic herb for treating obesity and high cholesterol. Recently a synopsis report was printed in a medical journal that high last two decades clearly show that guggulu, in a crude un-refined form, lowers serum cholesterol and phospholipids, and that it also protects against cholesterol induced ather-osclerosis. Guggulu was seen to lower body weight in the clinical studies. Other studies show substantial reduction in all the serum lipids including cholesterol, triglycerides lowered. Guggulu was devoid of any adverse effects on liver function, blood sugar, blood urea, and other related items, proving its safety for daily use. In more than twenty years of clinical studies no reports exist of any side effects; this clearly shows guggulu as the prime substance in weight and cholesterol control.
Dose: Two 450mg tablests with meals, three times per day