Guggulu is a common medicine in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia. Though this ancient medicine has been used for thousands of years, its amazing healing benefits are just now being recognized and validated by modern scientific research.
Guggulu is the gummy resign or sap that is tapped from the bark of the Guggul Tree (Commiphora Mukul), also known as Indian Bdellium. Its sticky sap is similar to gum or glue, and well known for its use as a detoxifying medicine. When taken internally, toxins, fat and unwanted waste adhere to this sticky guggul resign, and are pulled out of the body. As a powerful blood purifier, it literally scraps the toxin from the deep tissues and body channels.
Guggulu is easily blended with other ayurvedic herbs, creating specialized Guggulu formulations. The additional herbs direct the guggul to specific parts of the body, for specific action. Below are some of the most common uses for this Indian “wonder-drug”.
Cholesterol: Guggu-lipid formulations are well known in India for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. Scrapes plaque from atherosclerotic arteries.
Arthritis: Yogaraj-Guggul is used for common vata type joint degeneration, pain, and stiffness. Rejuvenates skeletal and neuromuscular systems. Kaishore-Guggulu is used for inflammatory Pitta type arthritis/bursitis.
Weight loss: Triphala-Guggulu helps scrape toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. It enkindles digestive fire, improving overall metabolism and weight management.
Hypo Thyroidism: Kanchanar-Guggul helps to balance under active thyroid function. It increases thermogenesis or heat production. Removes excess kapha and stimulates a sluggish lymphatic system.
Edema, Swelling & Fluid Retention: Punarnavadi-Guggulu removes excess fluids, stagnant lymph, and supports proper kidney Function.
Prostrate Health: Gokshuradi-Guggulu supports healthy prostate, bladder, urinary tract, and proper function of the male reproductive system.
Tumors, Cysts and Abnormal Growths: Kanchanar-guggulu and certain guggul-sterols contain anti-tumor properties, arresting cell reproduction in a variety of chemo-resistant tumor cells.
As with all herbal medicines, Guggul should only be used under the direction and supervision of a trained Ayurvedic or Healthcare practitioner. These are not to be taken as a substitute for proper medical care.
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