Latin Name – Commiphora Mukul
Family Name – Burseraceae
Popular Names – Commiphora, Mukul, Balsamodendrom Mukul, Indian Bedellium Tree, Moql, Moqle-arzagi, Guggul.
A gum produced from a health herbal plant, namely the Indian Bedellium with its Latin referring name being ‘Commiphora mukul’. Ayurveda produces this particular gum from natural herbs containing herbal vitamins to be later used for remedies and therapies.
Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) is one of Ayurveda’s strongest purifying herbs, used for thousands of years to clear the sinuses, treat obesity, soothe inflamed joints, and relieve chronic skin disorders. Medical research today is validating many of the traditional uses of guggulu – including its anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties. Guggulu helps detoxify unhealthy tissues and is effective for a wide variety of conditions, including:
• High cholesterol
• Myofascial pain
• Nervous disorders
• Canker sores
Guggulu is a complex herb that contains four of the six tastes – bitter, pungent, astringent, and sweet. It is especially helpful for stabilizing Vata and Kapha imbalances without aggravating Pitta. However, anyone taking blood-thinning medications should not take guggulu because it reduces platelet stickiness.
The Chopra Center frequently prescribes guggulu for people who have accumulated toxins from major life stresses such as serious illness or a prolonged antibiotic treatment. In addition, guggulu’s purifying properties are extremely helpful for those who have recently stopped using recreational drugs or abusing alcohol.
As a mouthwash, guggulu is a helpful treatment for canker sores and gingivitis. Simply crush a tablet in one-half cup of warm water and use three times daily. You can also use this same mixture on superficial skin wounds to aide in healing.
Guggulu in ayurveda
References to Guggulu was founds in old Ayurvedic books written centuries back.
The Indian reaseachers also have submitted doctoral thesis on gum Guggulu. Guggulu has been mentioned in Vedas, The most ancient holy scriptures of India. They mention about the condition ‘coating and obstruction of channels’ and the cause for this is believed as faulty metabolism resulting by overeating fatty foods and lacking of exercise. The recommended treatment in such condition is a diet plan which basically emphasized herbs along, chiefly Guggulu
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