GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE (Gymnema Leaves)
Gymnema sylvestre is a herb native to Asia that has being used medicinally for thousands of years in India. Accordingly to ayurveda it is called Gudmar, which literally means ‘Sugar-Destroyer’. Also if we chew Gudmar leaves, then our tongue becomes dead to Sugar taste for 1-2 hours. It helps to maintain Normal Blood sugar levels by stimulating Insulin secretion & its function to dissolve excessive sugar. As per Bhavprakash Nighantu, it is bitter in taste, pungent taste after digestion, with dry in properties & aggravates Vata. It also helps in regularizing bowel movements, improving digestion & decreased absorption of sugar from Intestine.
The powder when taken with warm water early morning reduces formation of phlegm & cough in Diabetic patients. Regular intake of powder for a sustained period prevents ill effects of Diabetes Mellitus on human body and helps to reduce Average Blood glucose Or Glycosylated haemoglobin level. It also helps to heal diabetic wounds and repair damaged tissues with other healing herbs. The skin tone & colour gets affected due to high sugar level, in such cases Gymnema supports to prevent skin ailments.
As per Modern science & ongoing research it contains Gymnemic acids which has stimulation action on insulin secreting cells in pancreas, which in turn helps to control sugar levels in blood.