*Guggulu translates into the protector of good health. It is a resin that is widely used in Ayurvedic herbs as it has naturally occurring abilities to scrape out fat and toxins from our bodies. It is a carrier for the primary herb as it can penetrate into different tissues. Hence you find a number of formulas with suffix as Guggulu, each combination is made target specific by the Guggulu. It is found in several Ayurvedic herbal pills and clarified butter combinations. Guggulu has a special action on joint health, where it can improve movement and reduce accumulated fluids. Stagnant blood in the liver is activated, and the skin becomes healthy when one takes Guggulu pills from time to time.
*Benefits include supporting blood health, increasing metabolism, supporting a healthy weight, maintaining cholesterol levels, strengthening the reproductive organs, improving the immune system, improving skin texture, improving joint flexibility, helping the liver.
Suggested Use: 1/6 to 1/4 teaspoon in powdered form, once or twice daily or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Commiphora Mukul (Commiphora Wightii)
Family – Burseraceae
English Name – Indian Bedellium
It has a small tree or a small creeper having a height of 4 to 6 feet in height. It is branched and is thorny. Leaves are small like that of neem and are serrate, obovate, 1 to 5-centimeter length and 0.5 to 2.5 centimeters broad. The plant is dimorphic and is bisexual. Flowers are of red color or sometimes pink in color. Fruits are pulpy and are ovate in shape. The juice is thick and is aromatic. It is inflammable and melts in the sun. When it is immersed in warm water it attains white color just like milk.
Physical and chemical properties of Guggulu –
Taste – Bitter, pungent
Quality – Light to digest, dry, clears channel, minute, brings about movement
Potency – Hot
Post Digestive effect – Pungent
Bhavaprakasha – Karpuradi Varga
गुग्गुलुर्विशदस्तिक्तो वीर्योष्णः पित्तलः सरः |
कषायः कटुकः पाके कटू रूक्षो लघुः परः ||३५||
भग्नसन्धानकृद्वृष्यः सूक्ष्मः स्वर्यो रसायनः |
दीपनः पिच्छिलो बल्यः कफवातव्रणापचीः ||३६||
मेदोमेहाश्मवातांश्च क्लेदकुष्ठाममारुतान् |
माधुर्याच्छमयेद्वातं कषायत्वाच्च पित्तहा ||३७||
तिक्तत्वाद् कफजित्तेन गुग्गुलुः सर्वदोषहा |