Gurmar is found in Africa and tropical forest of Central/Southern parts of India. Its botanical name is Gymnema Sylvestre. It is an effective herb that is used for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. The important ingredient of Gurmar is gymnemic acid. It is an organic acid which removes sugar from pancreas. It prevents or slows down the absorption of glucose. Gurmar contains calcium oxalate, anthraquinone, tartaric acid, cellulose, Quercitol and Gymnema. The herb has been used since fifth century B.C. In order to reap the full benefits, the herb has to be taken continuously for 6 months to 2 years. However, it depends upon the nature and seriousness of the disease.
1. Gurmar is most effective in controlling the high blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of sugar.
2. It stimulates the secretion of insulin that helps in reducing high blood sugar levels. So this herb is very useful in curing diabetes mellitus.
3. It produces certain molecules similar to glucose known as Gymnema which prevents the intestine from absorbing sugar molecules.
4. Gurmar regenerates beta cells and thereby help in the functioning of pancreas.
5. As it slows down the absorption of sugar Gurmar helps in preventing the fat deposition in the body and keeps the body weight in control.
6. It also checks the metabolism of liver, kidneys and muscles.
7. Gurmar is also useful in lowering serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels of blood.
8. The leaves of gurmar are beneficial in treating many other diseases including indigestion, cough, constipation, malaria etc.
9. As it stimulates the circulatory system, secretion of urine is enhanced.
10. Swollen glands can be treated with gurmar.
1. Diabetes mellitus
4. Swollen glands
1. Gurmar herbal tea when taken with meal prevents the taste buds from absorbing sugar molecules. This in turn prevents the intestinal cells from absorbing sugar molecules.
2. Gurmar leaves can be used for treatment of wounds by mixing with castor oil.
3. Enlargement of liver and spleen also can be treated with the topical application of its leaves and castor oil.
4. Its root ground into powder is an effective remedy for snake bite.
5. The fruits of Gurmar are used in the treatment of leprosy, worms, ulcers, bronchitis, diabetes and poisoning. They are also used as carminative.
6. Dysentery can be treated by the oral intake of this plant.
7. Gurmar is also an excellent uterine tonic.