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Gudmar

Gudmar
Gudmar is a wood climbing shrub whose leaves are used for medicinal purposes.
Gudmar or Gurmar is considered to be a magical remedy for diabetic patients as it is highly effective in both type I and type II diabetes mellitus. It reduces blood sugar levels by enhancing the level of insulin in the body. You can also take Gudmar (Gurmar) churna or kwatha with water to help manage cholesterol by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL).
Applying Gudmar leaves powder along with coconut oil once a day helps to reduce itching, burning sensations on the skin and also helps in effective wound healing.
Excessive intake of Gudmar should be avoided as it may cause weakness and excessive sweating with shakiness[1].

What are the synonyms of Gudmar?

Gymnema sylvestrae, Mesha-shringi, Madhunashini, Ajaballi, Avartini, Kavali, Kalikardori, Vakundi, Dhuleti, Mardashingi, Podapatri, Adigam, Cherukurinja, Sannagerasehambu

What is the source of Gudmar?

Plant Based

Benefits of Gudmar

How effective is Gudmar?

Insufficient evidence
Cough, Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2), Indigestion, Malaria, Obesity, Snake Bite

Precautions when using Gudmar

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Gudmar if you have hyperacidity or gastritis due to its Ushna (hot) potency.
Breastfeeding
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Gudmar during Breastfeeding.
Moderate Medicine Interaction
scientific
Modern Science View
Gudmar may decrease the blood sugar level. So it is generally advised to consult your doctor while doctor while taking Gudmar if your are on Insulin therapy[2].
Patients with diabetes
scientific
Modern Science View
Gudmar has excellent property of controlling high sugar level, so it is generally advised to monitor your blood sugar level while taking Gudmar if you are already on anti-diabetes medications[2].
Pregnancy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Gudmar during Pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Gudmar

  • Gudmar Churna - ¼ - ½ teaspoon twice a day.
  • Gudmar Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Gudmar Tablet - 1-2 tablets twice a day.

How to use Gudmar

1. Gudmar Churna
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Gudmar(Meshashringi) Churna.
b. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

2. Gudmar Capsule
a. Take 1-2 capsules of Gudmar.
b. Swallow it with water after meals twice a day.

3. Gudmar Tablets
a. Take 1-2 tablets of Gudmar.
b. Swallow it with water after meals twice a day.

4. Gudmar Kwatha
a. Take 4-5 teaspoon of Gudmar Kwatha.
b. Add same quantity of water to it and drink before food once a day.

Precautions when using Gudmar

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Gudmar is Ushna(hot) potency and should be used by making a paste with rose water or any cooling substance if your skin is hypersensitive.

Recommended Dosage of Gudmar

  • Gudmar Powder - ½ - 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Gudmar

1. Gudmar Leaves Powder
a. Take ½ -1 teaspoon Gudmar leaves powder
b. And make a paste with coconut oil
c. Apply on the affected area once a day.
d. Leave it for 4-6 hours
e. Use this remedy once a day to get rid of itching, burning and effective wound healing.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Gudmar?

scientific
Modern Science View
Gymnemic acid is one of the highly effective chemical constituents of Gudmar which acts as a cardiovascular stimulant. Other chemical constituents include tartaric acid, gurmarin, calcium oxalate, glucose, saponins. The phytochemicals in leaf extract were also analyzed through gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry and identified for the presence of terpenoids, glycosides, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and alkaloids. The bioactive constituents present in the plant were found to be mixture of diverse phytomolecules such as gymnemic acids, gymnemosides, gymnemasaponins, gurmarin, gymnemanol, stigmasterol, d-quercitol, β-amyrin related glycosides, anthraquinones, lupeol, hydroxycinnamic acids, and coumarols group[3].

Q. Does Gudmar (Gurmar) help manage diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Gudmar (Gurmar) is effective in managing diabetes(type 2) due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents the pancreatic cells against damage caused by free radicals and increases insulin secretion thereby lowers the blood sugar level[4].

Q. Is Gudmar helps manage cholesterol?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Gudmar might manage the levels of cholesterol due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains certain constituent(Gymnemagenin) which helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol(low-density lipoprotein/LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels in the body[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Gudmar is an effective herb to manage cholesterol because it has Ushna(hot) in nature and Tikta(bitter) taste. These properties help to improve digestive fire and reduce Ama( toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body which is the prime cause of high cholesterol level.

Q. Can Gudmar beneficial in weight loss?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Gudmar is beneficial in weight loss as it contains certain constituents(Gurmarin) which prevent the glucose absorption and manages lipid levels in the body. It also helps to alter the taste buds(to recognise sweet and bitter foods). This helps to reduce cravings and decreases food intake which promotes weight loss[5].

Q. Does Gudmar (Gurmar) reduce inflammation?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Gudmar might help reduce inflammation as it contains certain constituents( tannins and saponins) which have anti-inflammatory property. These constituents help to inhibit the release of mediators (cytokines) responsible for causing inflammation[4][6].

Q. What are the benefits of Gudmar powder?

scientific
Modern Science View
Gudmar (Gurmar) powder is very beneficial for health. It is useful in the management of diabetes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to manage infections(generally tooth infections) by preventing the growth of bacteria because of its antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. Gurmar Powder protects the liver cells against damage caused by free radicals due to its hepatoprotective activity and also improves immunity[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Gudmar is effective herb to manage cholesterol. It has Ushna(hot) nature and Tikta(bitter) taste which helps to improve digestive fire and reduce Ama( toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body which is the prime cause of high cholesterol level.

Q. How Gudmar (Gurmar) kill worms?

scientific
Modern Science View
Gudmar (Gurmar) might help to manage worms as it contains certain constituents(saponins and tannins) which have anthelmintic activity. It helps to expel the parasitic worms and other intestinal parasites from the body[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Gudmar is effective herb to prevent the growth of worms in the intestine. According to Ayurveda, worms are called Krimi. The growth of worms is encouraged by low Agni (weak digestive fire). Gudmar helps to improve the digestive fire and destroys the ideal condition for the growth of worms due to its Ushna (hot) nature.

Q. Does Gudmar is beneficial for cough and fever?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Gudmar in cough and fever.

Q. What are the side effects of Gudmar(Gurmar)?

scientific
Modern Science View
Gudmar might cause certain side effects like hypoglycemia, weakness, shakiness and excessive sweating when consumed in high doses. So, it is generally advisable to consult your doctor before taking Gudmar[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Gudmar is a good choice for treating cough and fever because it has Kapha balancing property. It helps to manage cough due to its hot nature and helps to reduce Ama( toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body which is the prime cause of fever. Thus, it is beneficial for cough and fever

References

  1. Tiwari P, Mishra BN, Sangwan NS.Phytochemical and Pharmacological Properties of Gymnema sylvestre: An Important Medicinal Plant.Biomed Res Int.2014: 830285.
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-841/gymnema.
  3. Mandal V,Dewanjee S, Mandal SC.Microwave‐assisted extraction of total bioactive saponin fraction from Gymnema sylvestre with reference to gymnemagenin: a potential biomarker.2009;20(6):491-497.
  4. Tiwari P, Mishra BN, Sangwan NS. Phytochemical and pharmacological properties of Gymnema sylvestre: an important medicinal plant. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:830285. doi: 10.1155/2014/830285. External Link
  5. Singh DK, Kumar N, Sachan A, et al. Hypolipidaemic Effects of Gymnema sylvestre on High Fat Diet Induced Dyslipidaemia in Wistar Rats. J Clin Diagn Res. 2017;11(5):FF01-FF05. External Link
  6. Diwan PV, Margaret I, Ramakrishna S. Influence of Gymnema sylvestre on inflammation. Inflammopharmacology, 1995; 3(3): 271-277.External Link
  7. Reddy T.S et al. In Vitro Evaluation Of Anthelmintic Activity Of Gymnema sylvestre Leaves Against Pheretima posthuma. Int. J. Drug Dev. & Res. 2013, 5(2): 382-386. External Link
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