If you are an ardent follower of Ayurveda and believe that Ayurvedic herbs and medicines have the potential to treat and cure ailments, then you must have heard about Shuddha Guggulu.
Botanical facts of Guggulu
Guggul is the common name for Mukul myrrh tree or Indian Bdellium that is widely found in the arid states of the Indian subcontinent, especially Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is a small thorny plant and the yellowish fragrant resin secreted from the sap of the tree is known as guggul. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicines for more than two thousand years. Guggul is also known by its Sanskrit name Guggulu, which means ‘protects from diseases’. There are many varieties of Guggulu and each has different uses based on their characteristics. It is determined by the colour and the age of the gum. It is believed that the potency of the guggul lasts for about 20 years.
Preparation of Guggulu in Ayurveda
In Ayurvedic preparations of Guggulu, yogis combine it with other herbal remedies and carriers like castor oil or ghee to prepare a medicinal concoction. As per the requirement, it may also be cooked in combination with other herbs and water.
The popular formulations prepared with guggulu are yograj guggulavati, kaishore guggulavayi, sinha guggulavati, panchamrith loha guggulu, gokshuradi guggulu and triphala guggulu.
Health benefits of Guggulu
Here are some amazing health benefits of Guggulu that Ayurveda swears by.
Controls cholesterol and protects the heart
If you are having cholesterol and looking for an Ayurvedic remedy to treat your condition, Guggulu is a perfect choice. In Ayurveda, it is considered the best medicine for hypercholesterolemia. Guggulu inhibits cholesterol synthesis in the body and finally helps you get rid of it. This way it also protects the heart and prevents cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks.
Treats the liver
With the daily diet and drinking every day or occasionally, our liver accumulates a lot of toxins that make it sick in the long run. Ayurveda suggests having Guggulu as a remedial medicine to detox and revives the liver and the kidneys. If you have undergone a major treatment or recovering from quitting drugs and alcohol addiction, Guggulu helps to revitalize your liver health due to its hepato-protective qualities. It also helps to break down the fat in the liver and cleanses the liver thoroughly.
According to Ayurveda, weight gain is due to Kapha imbalance. Guggulu has pungent, bitter and astringent tastes that help to eliminate excess Kapha from the system while boosting metabolic health. This improves digestion and helps to maintain weight.
Soothes arthritis and joint pain
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or maybe joint pains are results of inflammation and accumulation of toxins in the joints. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Guggulu can prevent further inflammation of the joints and cure arthritis. It also has scraping and detoxifying properties that clear the toxins and lubricates and rejuvenates the tissues around the joints to promote strength and movement.
Guggulu is also capable of treating thyroid issues and improve hypothyroidism. It can help to transform T4 thyroid hormone to T3 form.
Prevents wrinkles and acne
Studies have proved that Guggulu can help with the production of type 1 collagen that prevents wrinkle and acne formation on the skin. It also prevents cellular skin damage making skin look smooth and supple.
Guggulu is available in the market in capsule and powder form. Being an Ayurvedic herb, it can be safely consumed. However, it is recommended to talk to the doctor before its consumption.