Guggul is an oleo-gum resin obtained from the bark of Commiphora wightii and belongs to the family Burseraceae. It is obtained as an exudate from the tapping of branches and stems of guggul tree.
Guggul has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various health conditions. It contains a mixture of plant compounds including steroids, essential oils , flavonoids, carbohydrates and amino acids.
Benefits of guggul
Guggul possess many properties which shows potential uses against many disease conditions. The anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties of guggul can help treat certain conditions like acne , eczema, psoriasis, hypothyroidism and manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
According to Ayurveda, guggul is useful in weight management as it helps to improve metabolism and reduce ama ( toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) by increasing the digestive fire . It helps to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints in cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti inflammatory and anti arthritic properties.
Guggul possess anti thrombotic properties (prevents clots that block the arteries and veins) . It shows carminative activity that relieves flatulence.
Guggul has enormous effects on musculoskeletal system. It strengthen bones and joints and is useful in quick healing of bones during fractures and dislocations .
The anti inflammatory and anti microbial properties of guggul helps to heal wounds , abscess and ulcers quickly. It is anti aging in nature and improves digestion and strength.
Various forms of administration of guggul.
- Tablets like yoga raja guggulu , kaishora guggulu, gokshuradi guggulu.
- Choorna like guggulu panchapala choorna
- Kashaya like guggulu tikthakam kashaya
- Gritha preparations.
In people with sensitive stomach, over dosage may worsen gastritis. In pregnant ladies any Ayurvedic medicine including guggul is best avoided. During lactation and in children it is best to take guggul under strict medical supervision.