Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar)

Botanical name: Gymnema sylvestrae

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Common Name: Gymnema, Madhunashini

Part used: Leaves

Phytochemicals: Gymnemic acids

Final Product:

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.