Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)
Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Guggulu, commonly known as Indian bedellium is one of the most widely used herb in Ayurveda. The name Guggulu means that the plant is very useful and protectsthe body by curing many diseases. The word commiphora means bearer. The resin extracted from Guggulu have high medicinal value and is used to cure many diseases.
Dr.Gupta’s IAFA has been consistently working on Guggulu to find out more medicinal properties of the plant. Our experts have successfully proven the activities like Antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and insecticidal properties of Guggulu. Guggulu can be used to treat diseases like Diabetes, Skin disorders, Inflammation, Fever, Piles etc. Our experts also proven the cardio protective nature of Guggulu. The ethanolic extracts of the plant aids in the antioxidant and antidiabetic actions of the plant. The gum resin of Guggulu contains terpenes, ferrulates, flavononesetc and these helps to cure carcinogenic conditions. The plant also have antiobesity effects.
Action of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul in Allergies
IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic ,antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant Guggulu. The plant containsphytoconstituents like Z-guggulusterone, E-Guggulusterone, Guggulusterols I, II, III,IV & V, Diterpene alcohol, Myrecene, Dimyrcene,Polymyrcene, Myricylalocohol, B-sitosterol, 15 amino acids likeCystine, Histidine, Lysine, Arginine, Aspartic acid, Serine,Gultamic acid, Threonine, Alanine, Proline, Tyrosine, Tryptophan, Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine. These constituents aids in the antiallergic property of the plant. The decoction prepared from the resin of Guggulu can be used to treat skin allergic conditions .
Vernacular Names and Botanical Classification
|Botanical Name||Commiphora mukul|
|Sanskrit Name||Guggulu, Mahishaksha|
|Hindi Name||Gugal, Gugglu, Guggul|
|English Name||Indian bedellium|
Ayurveda reference of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Morphology of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
- Medium sized shrub
- Branches have sharp spine
- Leaves are compound type
- Flowers seen in fascicles
- Fruit is drupe
- Seeds are nut, ovoid
Geographical distribution of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Guggulu seen in South Indian states like Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu & Andhra Pradesh also in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh.
Phytoconstituents of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Z-guggulusterone, E-Guggulusterone, Guggulusterols I, II, III,IV & V, Diterpene alcohol, Myrecene, Dimyrcene,Polymyrcene, Myricylalocohol, B-sitosterol, 15 amino acids likeCystine, Histidine, Lysine, Arginine, Aspartic acid, Serine,Gultamic acid, Threonine, Alanine, Proline, Tyrosine, Tryptophan, Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine.
Parts used of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
- Gum resin
Dosage of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
- Gum resin (Niryasa) – 0.5 -3 g
Medicinal Properties of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
- Kushtaghna-alleviate skin disorders
- Medahara-anti obesity
- Krimighna – useful in worm infestations
- Kandughan- relieves itching
- Vishaghna – useful in poisoning
- Vranahara – useful in wounds
- Kasahara – relieves cough
- Sulahara-relieves pain
- Sophahara – relieves swelling
- Swasahara – relieves asthma .
Home remedies of Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Ayurveda is an ancient treatment system which uses naturally available herbs and materials for the purpose of alleviating diseases. The herbs used in Ayurvedic treatments are toxic free andhave no side effects at all. Guggulu is one of the most commonly available herb and can be used to treat diseases like
- In Oedema (Sotha) –Guggulu is mixed with urine and administered to alleviate Oedema.
- In Gout (Vatarakta) – Regular usage of Guggulu along with Bitumen and honey will cure Gout.
- In Vata disorders (Vata vyadhi) – Guggulu taken along with milk is useful as a rejuvenating Medicine in Vata vyadhi.
- In Worm infestations (Krimi) – The gum resin is taken, dried is powdered and taken internally along with honey at a dose of 5g daily.
- In skin diseases (Kushta)– The resinis taken along with urine orally. Drinking this for a period of 7 days can cure skin diseases.
- In Diabetes (Prameha) – Decoction prepared with Guggulu and Amalaki can be used to control diabetes.
- In Fever (Jwara) – Decoction made with leaves of Guggulu and Tulsi taken internally at a dose of 60 ml.
- In Obesity (Sthoulya) – Daily intake of Guggulu is beneficial in case if obesity.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist