Botanical name – Gymnema sylvestre
Family name –Asclepiadaceae
English name –Cowplant, Gymnema
Common name – Gymnema, Gurmar, Gudmar
Synonyms –Vishani, Meshavalli, Ajashringika, Madhunashini
Habit – Perennial shrub
Parts –Leaves, Root, Bark and Seeds.
Common Uses – The active ingredient of Gymnema is gymnemic acid. This gymneic acid has anti-diabetic properties that help in reducing the glucose levels in the body. It has a stimulative effect on the pancreatic cells that are responsible for secretion of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is helpful in sugar metabolism in the body. Gymnema is also indicated to cure diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, anti-obesity, constipation, indigestion, weight reducing or obesity problems, and it is used as anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and appetizer.
Indications – Roots and leaves are used internally in jaundice, diabetes, decreased digestive fire, and cardiac debility. Roots and seeds are used for fumigation in cough, dyspnoea and rhinitis.
Products description– It is a main ingredient in Madhumehar Yog Capsule.