Gudmar plant also known as madhunashini in ayurveda (gymnema sylvestre) is highly praised for its anti diabetic properties, its uses in PCOS or PCOD
Gymnema sylvestre or meshashringi is an herb of tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as Gymnema, Cowplant, Australian Cowplant, and Periploca of the woods.
This herb has different name in different languages of India
- Bengali -meshashrunga
- Gujarati -gudmar, madhunashini
- Hindi -gurmar
- Kannada -madhunashini
- Konkani -kawli
- Malayalam– chakkarakolli
- Marathi -bedakicha pala , gudmar
- Oriya -lakshmi , mendhasingia ,nagapushpi
- Sanskrit -madhunaashini , meshasringa
- Tamil -sirukurinjan, kokilam,
- Telagu -Podapatri –
- Urdu -gurmar
Medicinal uses and health benefits of gudmar or gymnema sylvestre
Effect on Doshas
This herb is bitter to taste and light taste. It dries up the tissues, normalises kapha and vata, and has hot potency. The leaves of herb madhunashini, when consumed act on taste buds and temporarily arrests their function. You will not be able feel the taste of sweets for few hours.
Helps in Digestion
Gudmar or Madhunashini is hot in potency . Its fresh juice stimulates liver and improves digestion and appetite. This herb also acts as a laxative, hence helps in constipation.
Ayurveda acharyas specially recommend this herb to lower blood sugar level. Recent research have also proved this effect. Hence this herb is also helpful to diabetic men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction due to Diabetes. (Check Diabetic Vajikarana Therapy).
For Weight Loss
Gudmar or madhunashini plant,( gymnema sylvestre ) is very good effective weight loss herb (Check Nilobese Ayurvedic Weight Loss Tea). Since it balances kapha and vata it helps in weight loss. It is also useful for obese men who have low sexual function (check Obese Vajikarana Therapy)
Best herb for PCOS or PCOD
The following three properties of Gudmar or Madhunashini have made this herb an excellent remedy for female infertility which happens due to PCOS or PCOD.
- The property of lowering blood sugar level
- Improving sensitivity of cells to insulin
- Helping in weight loss ( Check Ayurvedic Weight Loss COMBO)
- Stimulating the inner mucosal membranes of uterus.
Hence doctors at MOOLIKA AYURVEDA have added this herb as an ingredient in PCORID CAPSULES which are the best ayurvedic treatment for PCOS or PCOD. PCORID capsules when used with UTONORM CAPSULES for three months gives excellent results in PCOD or PCOS. ( Check here for Ayurvedic PCOD or PCOS Treatment Combo)
Reduces effects of poison
It is used as anti dote for snake and scorpions bites.
In skin diseases
It accelerates wound healing and also used in keloids and papules. It reduces inflammation of affected part. It is also useful in psoriasis
According to Dr. Mark Jhonson
Gymnema sylvestre has been used as a treatment for diabetes for at least two thousand years. Its name is derived from the Hindi name Gurmar which translates to “sugar destroyer”. It dates back to a time when the diagnosis of diabetes was literally made by sweet tasting urine, so called “honey urine”.
Historically, Gymnema has been used in the treatment of various ailments and conditions from stomach problems and constipation, to snake bites, and urinary disturbances. Probably the most exciting use of this herb however, is for use in blood sugar balancing and glucose metabolism. Not surprising, is that the major portion of the research has been directed to blood sugar control, and use with diabetes.
Today, several studies have verified the beneficial effects of Gymnema sylvestre in helping to control blood sugar levels and thereby improve diabetic control. An additional benefit seems to be the ability of this substance to control sugar cravings and also reduce sugar absorption in the intestine.
Another positive benefit of this natural substance is the gradual effect it has in improving blood sugar metabolism and balance, rather that the not so subtle changes that occur with prescribed drugs. It also appears to be very safe in that the hypoglycemic effects do not lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels, but rather act within a normal range.
Fortunately in this day and age there are many companies that sell preparations containing this valuable herb for diabetics and pre-diabetics. Gymnema’s ability to stimulate existing cells in the pancreas to produce more insulin and function more effectively makes this a natural for those felt to be at risk for developing diabetes.
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