Guggul (also written guggulu) is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda and with good reason. In Sanskrit, guggul stands for the ‘destroyer of diseases’. This ayurvedic supplement is derived from the oleo-gum resin (a naturally occurring combination of oil and resin extracted from plants) of the guggul tree which grows mainly in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The tree is tapped in winter (November – December) and the resin is collected in summer (May-June) with an average tree yielding about 500 g of the resin. The Ayurvedic texts prohibited the use of raw resin due to unwanted effects, and so proscribed a purification regimen (shodhan vidhi) that not only removed the adverse effects but also increased its therapeutic efficacy. The classical texts advocate the use of this herb in a host of diseases including arthritis and obesity.
The botanical name of the guggul tree is Commiphora mukul. The therapeutic resin contains the phytosteroid guggulsterone, which is believed to positively affect cholesterol metabolism in the liver and also increase the production of thyroid hormone. This herbal preparation has been used in a host of diseases since ancient times, but modern therapeutic use is predominantly focussed on hypercholesterolemia, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, urinary disorders, nervous diseases and as an antioxidant.
Recent research shows that guggul is effective in cardiovascular disease and in cancer. Guggulsterone is also an antioxidant which prevents atherosclerosis due to its hypolipidemic action.
Servings per container: 60/90
Each 350 mg capsule contains:
•Guggulu resin 350 mg
Suggested Use: 1-2 capsule(s) per day, or as directed by your health practitioner.
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Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.
A guggulu supplement is safe when used as a general restorative, and also as a medicinal herb when used in appropriate therapeutic doses. A guggul supplement is not taken as a general rejuventative like the other rasayana herbs (ashwagandha, brahmi or shilajit) but is most often used for a particular therapeutic indication. The therapeutic indications for this herb include rheumatoid arthritis, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, benign prostatic hyperplasia, acne etc.
(Note: The proper guggul dose depends on a variety of factors and results can vary according to the individual. We recommend that a qualified Ayurvedic doctor or health care specialist reviews your health prior to using guggul, to determine the correct dosage)
Studies suggest that this herb can be beneficial for the following:
•Hypercholesterolemia and hypolipidemic*
•Benign prostatic hyperplasia*
It is one of the herbs that balances the tridoshas
Cautions and Contraindications:
Guggul is a well-tolerated herb with negligible side-effects or drug interactions. Caution should be taken to ensure that the guggul being consumed is purified as prescribed by the Ayurvedic texts (shodhan vidhi). Using improperly purified guggulu resin could lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. A safe way to ensure this is to use a reputed brand, where you can be assured of the purification process being undertaken as ordained by the texts. Physicians recommend abstaining from sour foods, strong physical activity and alcohol consumption when taking this supplement. It is known to interact with estrogen and so patients on estrogen pills should avoid this herb. For similar reasons, individuals should not use this herb when they are on birth control pills. It is best not to use the herb during pregnancy and while breastfeeding a child. People who have diarrhea should also not use guggul as it can upset the gastrointestinal tract. Keep out of the reach of children.
What is the recommended dosage?
The dosage can range from 125 mg to 1000 mg per day. Usually, it is taken at eight-hour intervals. At least one study on rheumatoid arthritis reported that faster, better and prolonged results are seen when it is given with a 500 mg tablet of vitamin C. The same study revealed that in a segment of the patients, there was a slight increase in pain initially which gave way to pain-free rehabilitation for up to 2 years.
Are there any side effects of taking a guggul supplement?
If used in the therapeutic dose recommended by a doctor, side-effects are rare, if any. Is guggul safe to use as supplement? Traditional use and a multitude of studies have shown that guggul is safe to use in therapeutic amounts under the supervision of a doctor or qualified health care specialist. Further, numerous reviews state minimal to no side-effects with excellent results in a host of conditions.
What is guggul?
Guggulu is the most common name for a small medicinal tree Commiphora Mukul (Wightii), which is mostly found in the Indian subcontinent. The guggul herbal supplement used in Ayurveda is the purified oleo-resin that exudes out of a cut in this tree. Guggul is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda. Used for over 3000 years in India, modern research studies have reaffirmed the belief that this herb is indeed ‘the destroyer of diseases’.
Which is the best guggul supplement?
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Does guggul work?
It does and this is one reason why it is one of the most used herbs in Ayurveda. The use of this herb has been mentioned in all the major treatises on Ayurveda. It also finds use in the Chinese System of Medicine where it is known as Mo Yao. It is also known as ‘guggul gold’ owing to the golden color of the purified resin. It is available as tablets, capsules, extract and as a ghrita (medicated clarified butter containing the herb).
Is guggul effective in weight loss?
Guggul balances the tridoshas which means that it eliminates the excess kapha, which is one of the causative factors in obesity. The hypolipidemic action helps in this function. Another mechanism of action is thought to be the stimulation of the thyroid gland to encourage robust metabolism.
Does the guggul supplement for acne work?
Apart from the numerous reviews that state the effectiveness of this herb in acne, there are a few research studies that delve into the efficacy of a guggul supplement for acne. Both agree that the herb works, with the researchers concluding that the mode of action might be by inhibiting the lipolysis of triglycerides by acne bacteria. This results in the inflammation being taken care of. A section of the scientific community is of the opinion that the well-documented hypolipidemic activity of the herb also extends to reducing sebum, the oily or waxy material secreted by the sebaceous glands.
What are guggul benefits for thyroid?
The yellow resin contains active principles named guggulipids, myrhhanol A and antagonist ligands. The guggulipids are further divided into Z- and E-guggulsterones which are thought to be responsible for the stimulation of the thyroid gland. They are also thought to be responsible for the conversion of the T4 thyroid hormone to its T3 form, which is responsible for increased metabolism and hypolipidemic activity.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.