Ayurveda uses guggul for the treatment of various types of ailments. Guggul is prepared from Mukul Myrrh (a tree native to India) and takes the form of a yellowish resin. It is used both in India as well as abroad for treating ailments like mouth infections, obesity, blood purification and digestive problems.
Its Extract is very helpful for patients who suffer from knee osteo-arthritis and is effective in the case of complications that arise from menstrual pains. It even stimulates the thyroid gland. It is commonly known that people with less activity of thyroid gland have problems with their cholesterol too. For this, regular intake of guggul is recommended so that your cholesterol stays good. In this way, it leads to a healthy heart.
A compound known as guggulsterone that is present in it can even fight cancerous cells, especially those related to prostate gland. Some herbalists also claim that it increases sperm production. Thus, it can be useful for those couples that are not able to produce babies due to weak or less number of sperms.
It leads to lower levels of triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol). But surprisingly, it stimulates the production of HDL (good cholesterol). It seems nature has provided this medicine especially keeping in mind the heart diseases that affect humans. Actually, what happens is that guggul activates liver so that it starts metabolizing LDL, thus lowering the level of LDL (bad cholesterol) in blood.
An enzyme known as SOD (superoxide dismutase) protects our body by destroying free radicals that are the product of metabolism in our body. Guggul protects this enzyme and stimulates its production for our benefit. Not only this, people who suffer from reduced supply of blood to heart have something to cheer about. This medicine results in reversal of metabolic processes in such patients so that their heart is not under undue pressure.
5% guggul extract is recommended to be taken for 2-3 months. However, overdose of this strong medicine should be avoided and should not be given to children without the advice of a certified herbalist. The gum of this plant is used to produce guggul capsules that are easily available in the market. Such capsules usually have 25mg of guggul/capsule and hence are safe to be taken on a daily basis.
This medicine also contains agents that are capable of rejuvenating your body even if you are otherwise all right. Its consumption leads to natural purification of the body and makes you strong in fighting stress, pollution and other harmful agents of today’s life.
Some people are under the misconception that guggul is addictive. But it’s only a fallacy as guggul has been proven to have absolutely no addictive components. Also keep in mind that you have to be patient while using it. Its benefits usually start showing after 2-3 weeks. So, don’t let your faith waver even if you don’t get immediate relief. Faith automatically increases the efficacy of a medicine.