Gymnema Sylvestre (Gymnema)
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.