Other names Gurmari, Gurmarbooti, Gurmar, periploca of the woods, meshasring.The principle active ingredient is Gymnemic acid. The other compounds found were Calcium oxalate, anthraquinone compound, Tartaric acid, cellulose, ash, quercitol but no tannin was found. On further study, when the gymnemic acid was purified and analyzed, it was found not to possess any anti-sacaharine properties; it was not a glucoside.
Gymnema is a woody climbing shrub native to India and Africa. The leaves are used to make medicine. Gymnema has a long history of use in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. The Hindi name for gymnema means “destroyer of sugar.” People use gymnema for diabetes, weight loss, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Main Applications :
- This is one of the main herbs used for healing diabetes mellitus.
- Gymnema removes sugar from pancreas, restores pancreatic function.
- Gymnema stimulate the circulatory system, increases urine secretion.
- Gymnema is also useful for the treatment of swollen glands, cough, and fever