Medical Scientists, researchers, and doctors from all over the globe are interested in Guggulu or Commiphora Mukul. Guggulu has been a traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Guggulu means in Sanskrit “One who protects us against Disease”. Guggulu trees are 1.5-2 meters tall, and grow in India’s wild, dry areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Bengal, as well as in parts of Arabia and Africa. Traditional medicine uses the gum that oozes out of the tree’s bark (especially during summer).
In Ayurveda, five different types (or species) of Guggulu are described. The gum that is golden yellow is the most potent. The Guggulu is a soft gum that burns with a sweet scent and is soluble in both water and fire. Freshly collected Guggulu has different medicinal properties from its older counterpart.
Guggulu is a versatile herb that can be used alone or with other herbs. Guggulu gum contains active ingredients like Z-guggulsterone and guggulipid. Guggulu is beneficial in a variety of conditions.
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Ayurvedic Description of Guggulu
Guggulu has a bitter, pungent and sweet taste. It is also astringent, astringent, and sour. The potency of the herb is hot, but it’s light and delicious. Guggulu has a Tridoshahara effect, meaning it affects all three doshas (Vata Pitta and Kapha). Both topically and internally, it can be used.
Guggulu gum is traditionally used to clean wounds and skin ulcers. It can also be applied on hemorrhoids, abscesses, etc. It may reduce swelling and foul smells (pus). Traditional uses include external applications for rheumatoid osteoarthritis and fractured bone. The vapors of Guggulu can also be used to disinfect and deodorize. Guggulu gum is used in traditional gargling for pyorrhea, dental problems, and other maladies.
The Potential Therapeutic Benefits Of Guggulu
Guggulu: Guggulu has been used for centuries to support musculoskeletal structure and function. Studies indicate that Guggulu is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce arthritic pain and swelling. There is evidence that Guggulu has antioxidant and chondroprotective properties and may rejuvenate cartilage. Guggulu’s unctuous properties make it an ideal binder for tablets and pills. It is used in hundreds of formulations with other ingredients and herbs. Guggulu can also increase the bioavailability of other herbs, making the combination more potent.
Osteoporosis: Guggulu has been traditionally used to support joint structure and function. It can be used both externally and internally to strengthen, repair and rejuvenate bones. Tradition has it that it promotes bone mineralization, growth, and healing.
Hyperlipidemia: Guggulu has been praised for its fat-burning properties in Ayurveda. The resin (Z – guggulsterone), is said to increase the metabolism of fats and bile acid. According to studies, it can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). Also, it is known to maintain healthy arteries. Guggulu, in Ayurvedic terms, is called ” Medopachak“, which means “one who digests fat (lipid)”. This therapeutic effect has been confirmed by modern science through scientific research.
Thyroid disorders: Gum Guggulu is also believed to help maintain a healthy thyroid gland. According to research, Guggulu is able to protect thyroid hormone-secreting cells against oxidative stress and autoimmunity. It can improve the thyroid gland’s function and be useful in thyroid disorders.
Obesity: Guggulu has been recommended as a traditional remedy to maintain a healthy weight. It increases the catabolism and excretion of lipids.
Circulatory System: Guggulu has been traditionally used to increase blood flow to organs. Studies have shown that Guggulu may be useful in dissolving clots.
Kidney Stones: Guggulu has been used for centuries to support the structure of the kidneys. Clinical trials indicate that Guggulu when combined with other herbs such as Gokhura and Punarnava(Boerhavia diflusa), may dissolve and break down kidney stones.
Skin Health: Guggulu has been used for centuries to promote healthy skin.
Gynecological Disorders: Clinical studies indicate that Guggulu can benefit many gynecological conditions like Dysmenorrhea and Leucorrhea. Fresh Guggulu can also be used to boost sperm counts and as an Aphrodisiac.
Rejuvenation: Fresh Guggulu is a member of the rasayana group, which includes ayurvedic herbs revered for rejuvenating properties. It can act on all tissues and improve their metabolism.
Guggulu is the protector, according to Ayurveda, because of its many properties. Guggulu, being herbal in nature, is safe to consume within therapeutic doses. Guggulu must be purified by Ayurveda’s specific method if it is going to be used for medicine.
It is not surprising that Guggulu will be hailed as the “Magical Herb of the Millennium”.
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