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Gurmar (Gymnema Sylvestre) Herb - Uses, Properties and Health Benefits

What is Gurmar?

Gurmar (Gymnema Sylvestre)

Gurmar is a very effective herb for patients who are facing Diabetes problem. As per Ayurveda, this herb is known as Madhunashini due to its sugar destroying property. The Latin name of this herb is Gymnema sylvestre. Gurmar herb is equally beneficial in Type1 and Type2 diabetes.

What is the Description of Gurmar Herb?

Gurmar is a perennial herb that grows in tropical areas of India, Australia, and Africa. This is a climber herb covered with weak stem and small hairs. The leaves are ovate, elliptical, having small hairs with size measuring 1-1.2 inch long. Gurmar herb fruits grow in the month of January to March. The flowers of this herb are pale yellowish green that grows in the month of August to September.

Describe the Classification of Gurmar Herb

  • Latin Name : Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Kingdom : Plantae
  • Subkingdom : Tracheobionta
  • Superdivision : Spermatophyta
  • Division : Magnoliophyta
  • Order : Gentianales
  • Class : Magnoliopsida
  • Subclass : Asteridae
  • Family : Asclepiadaceae
  • Genus : Gymnema
  • Species : Sylvestre

What are the Ayurvedic Properties of Gurmar Herb?

Here we are discussing the Ayurvedic properties of Gurmar herb mentioned below

  • Rasa (Taste) : Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Qualities) : Laghu (Light),Ruksha (Dry)
  • Veerya (Potency) : Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka (Taste conversion after Digestion) : Katu (Undergoes Pungent taste after Digestion)
  • Karma (Actions) : Kaphavata Shamaka(Reduces Vitiated Kapha and Vata Dosha)

In India is there any other names of Gurmar Herb in Different Languages:

Yes, Gurmar is known by various name according to the region.

  • Hindi Name: Gurmar, Gudmar
  • English Name: Cowplant, Australian Cowplant, Gymnema
  • Bengali Name : Medasinghi
  • Kannada Name : Madhunashini
  • Konkani Name : Kawli
  • Gujarathi Name : Gudamar, Kavali
  • Marathi Name : Bedakicha phala, Kavali
  • Malayalam Name : Chakkarakolli, Madhunashini
  • Oriya Name : Mrygosingo
  • Telugu Name : Vodaparthi, Podapatri
  • Tamil Name : Shirukurinjan
  • Urdu Name : Sasinga

Do Gurmar Leaves Contain Chemical Contents?

The leaves of Gurmar herb contains triterpenoid saponins of gymnemic acid A, B, C, and D with sugar residues such as glucuronic acid, galacturonic acid, ferulic acid, angelic acid, several isopropylene derivatives of gymnemagenin, gymnemic acid, hexahydropterpene, betaine, choline, inositol, d-quercitol, gymnamine alkaloids.

Other Medicinal Properties of Gurmar Herb

  • Anti - Diabetic
  • Anti - Microbial
  • Anti - Obesity
  • Anti - Hypercholesterolemic
  • Stimulant
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Laxative
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Diuretic

How does Gurmar Herb Works on our Body?

Now we will discuss in detail the action of Gurmar herb:

The gymnemic acid molecules are equal to glucose molecule that is able to fill the glucose receptors on taste buds blocking the taste of sweet. Thus, it is beneficial for diabetic patients as maintain healthy glucose levels. It supports the healthy functioning of the pancreas that promotes healthy production of insulin.

Various uses of Gurmar Herb According to Ayurveda

  • Daha : Reduces burning sensation, neuropathy, burning sensation in eyes, gastritis.
  • Shopha : Beneficial in inflammation
  • Chakshushya : Improves vision, useful in eye disorders, good for eyes
  • Trushna : Reduces excessive thirst
  • Shwasa : Beneficial in asthma and chronic respiratory disorders
  • Asra : Effective in blood disorders such as skin disorders, abscess, menorrhagia, and nasal bleeding
  • Hridroga : Helpful in cardiac disorder
  • Vrana : Gives good results in ulcers, wounds
  • Raktapitta : Beneficial in bleeding disorders such as heavy periods, and nasal bleeding
  • Kushta : Good for skin diseases
  • Kasa : Beneficial in a cough and cold
  • Pama : Useful in keloids and papules

Indications of Gurmar Herb

  • Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Weak metabolism
  • Hepatitis
  • Spleen enlargement
  • General debility
  • Glandular swelling
  • Respiratory disorders
  • A cough
  • Cold
  • Asthma
  • Snakebite
  • Constipation

Is Gurmar Herb Beneficial in Poisoning Cases?

Gurmar herb root powder is taken orally in snake bite. Root paste of this powder is applied directly on wounds of snake bites person.

What are the Other Health Benefits of Gurmar Herb?

  • The leaves extract of Gurmar leaves are applied in cornea opacity and other eye diseases. You can make an herbal decoction of Gurmar leaves as it is beneficial in obesity, gastritis, urinary tract infections, and stomach aches. Take six to eight leaves of Gurmar leaves, boil in a glass of water. Boil this mixture for 10 to 15min strain the mixture, let it cools down. Drink this daily on empty stomach.
  • For controlling your blood sugar level chew two to three leaves of Gurmar herb on empty stomach daily.
  • Diabetic patients can also take 3 to 6 gm of Gurmar powder daily once or twice daily with plain water.
  • Consume fresh juice of Gurmar herb 20-30 ml once or twice daily for maintaining liver health and improving appetite.

Which parts of Gurmar Herb is used for Medicinal Preparation?

Leaves and roots of Gurmar herb are used for medicinal purpose.

What is the Dosage of Gurmar Herb?

Gurmar powder: 5 to 6 gm. powder once or twice daily with plain water.

Gurmar decoction: 40 to 80 ml once or twice daily.

What are the Side-Effects of Gurmar Herb?

As Gurmar herb is hypoglycemic in nature so diabetic patients should use this medicine under the guidance of a medical doctor. Sometimes this herb stimulates heart so always take this herb under doctor guidelines.

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