Gudmar / Gymnema Sylvestre
Properties /Uses : Gymnema known as Gudmar in Native India, (Gymnema Sylvestre) is a tropical plant of the milkweed family. Gymnema has a long history of medicinal use in India for “honey urine” or what we call diabetes.
The ancient Sanskrit name denotes “ Sugar Destroyer” which translates to various native languages. Human and animal studies confirm that Gymnema has pronounced effects on blood sugar, at least among diabetics. Within the past few decades researchers have determined that Gymnema extracts play a role in the treatment of Type 1 diabetics, who typically need daily injections of insulin to control the disease.
The extract is manufactured from completely dried leaves with permissible stems. The moisture content in the leaves play a significant role in the quality of the extract and its parameters.
It is said that Gymnema taken orally lowers diabetics blood glucose levels and improves blood fat and cholesterol profiles. It is also used as a digestive tonic and for weight reduction as it found to help block the absorption of sugar in the digestive tract.