Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)
Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Guggulu
Guggulu (Latinname - Commiphora mukul), is a small, thorny tree most commonly found in India, especially in the arid climates of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Moreover, Guggulu refers to the resin that is formed in the sap of the tree; it has been used for a long time in Ayurvedic medicine. In Sanskrit, “Guggulu” means “protects from disease.” There are a lot of varieties of Guggulu, each with different uses. Their uses are determined partially by the age and color of the gum. Well, it is believed that the Guggulu’s potency lasts for a long 20 years!
Guggulu happens to be a very important herb as far as the Ayurvedic tradition is concerned. While this herb is rarely taken alone, a wide range of medicines are built around the medicinal use of Guggulu. Several traditional Ayurvedic formulations are prepared using compounds made from the base of purified Guggulu in synergistic combination of various other herbs.
Medicinal uses of Guggulu are as follows:
- The herb promotes detoxification and rejuvenation of the body.
- It is known to purify the blood.
- It helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels in our body.
- Guggulu is known to enhance digestion by means of kindling the digestive fire (agni).
- It promotes healthy weight management. It forms a important ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations for weight loss. It helps in weight management without any negative side effects.
- It supports comfortable joint movement.
- The herb is a natural rich source of antioxidants.
- Guggulu is good for a better immune system. It strengthens the body by supporting the immune system effectively.
- Guggulu is very good for your skin. It helps promote vibrant and healthy skin.
- This ayurvedic herb is good for the uterus and seems to regulate the menstrual cycle and related disorders.