MESHASHRINGI : Gurmar, Gymnema sylvestre - Asclepiadaceae
Part used : Root, leaves and seeds.
- Rasa (taste) : Bitter, Astringent
- Virya (action) : Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : Pungent
- Guna (quality) : Dry, Light
Doshas : PK-, V+
Dhatus (tissues) : Plasma, Blood, Fat, Reproductive
Srotas (systems) : Digestive, Circulatory, Urinary, Reproductive
Hypoglycaemic, antidiabetic, diuretic, bitter tonic, detoxicant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, stimulate liver métabolism, hypocholesterolaemic, rejuvenative (Rasayana) to Pitta..
Specific herb to increase insulin production in pancreas.
Helps to regulate blood glucose levels and enhances glucose tolerance.
Best used in combination with other herbs to address the wide spectrum of symptoms caused by diabetes. Beneficial in types 1 and 2 diabetes.
Regulates the craving for sweet food and excessive appetite.
Apply drops to tongue every 3 hours. Hence potentially useful in weight loss.
URINARY : Dysuria
Eating the fresh leaves numbs the taste buds to the sense of sweet or bitter
Hence the name means 'sweet destroyer'.
It also reduces appetite.
Best used over a period of 6 months for lasting results.
- Not to be used by hypoglycemics.
- Caution in heart conditions as it can stimulate the heart.
5 - 10g per day