Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar)
Botanical name: Gymnema sylvestrae
Common Name: Gymnema, Madhunashini
Part used: Leaves
Phytochemicals: Gymnemic acids
Gymnemic acid 25%-75%
Category: Blood Sugar Management
- It has long been used in traditional medicine as a remedy for diabetes mellitus, stomach ache and diarrhea.
- The plant is popularly known as ‘gurmar’ for its distinctive property of temporarily destroying the taste of sweetness.
- It is a potent antidiabetic plant and used in folk, ayurvedic and homeopathic systems of medicine.
- It is also used in the treatment of asthma, eye complaints, inflammations, family planning and snakebite.
- It possesses antimicrobial, antihypercholesterolemic, hepatoprotective and sweet suppressing activities.
- It also acts as feeding deterrents to caterpillar, Prodenia eridania; prevent dental caries caused by Streptococcus mutans and in skin cosmetics.
- Gymnema sylvestre has also shown larvicidal activity against Culex qinquifaciatus mosquito larvae.