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Diabetes Gurmar Treatment



Common name Gurmar (H), Periploca of the wood (E)
Sanskrit    Madhuvinashini, Meshashringi
Latin Gymnema sylvestreFolium (Asclepiadaceae)

Eating the fresh leaves numbs the taste buds to the sense of sweet or bitter; hence the name means ‘sweet destroyer’ (madhu-vinashi, gur-mar).

Gurmar is a fantastic herb for balancing blood sugar levels




Rasa (taste) Bitter, astringent
Virya (action) Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent
Guna (quality) Dry, light
Dosha effect PK-, V+
Dhatu (tissue) Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive
Srota (channel) Digestive, circulatory, urinary, reproductive

Saponins – gymnemic acids including gymnemasaponins
Polypeptide – gurmarin1

Hypoglycaemic, anti-diabetic, diuretic, hypocholesterolaemic

Diabetes Specific herb to increase insulin production in pancreas. By acting directly on raktadhatu it helps to regulate blood glucose levels and enhance glucose tolerance.2 It also helps to address the weakness in the medas-dhatu and normalise metabolism in this tissue responsible for digesting sweet, unctuous and heavy substances. Best used in combination with other herbs to address the wide spectrum of symptoms caused by diabetes. It particularly benefits mutravahasrotas by reducing the need for urinary output. It can be used for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. GIT Gurmar regulates the craving for sweet food and helps to reduce an excessive appetite. It is potentially useful as part of a weight loss programme when a few drops are taken every 3 hours.

Rasayana Rejuvenative to pitta
Prameha   Anti-diabetic

+ Guduchi, Kutki, Gokshura to balance blood sugar levels and clear kapha.
+ Turmeric, Karela (Bitter gourd), Fenugreek seeds, Black pepper for regulating blood sugar levels.
+ Shilajit for building energy in diabetics.


Not to be used by hypoglycemics. Caution in heart conditions as it can stimulate the heart.

1 Bone 1996 and 2003
2 Shanmugasundaram 1990, J Ethnopharmacology 30
3 Brala, Physiology and Behaviour 1983
© Sebastian Pole 2006
As Gurmar is hypoglycaemic patients on diabetic medication should monitor their blood sugar and medication accordingly.

* A woody creeper with many branches. The leaves are harvested prior to flowering.
• It can help to reduce the appetite.
• Gurmarin is the sweet taste suppressor and it must come into contact with the tongue to work
* Best used over a period of 6 months for lasting results.4
4 See Tillotson for an excellent herbal approach to the treatment of diabetes.

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