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Guggulu / Commiphora mukul

Parts used: Gum resin, steam, leaf

Historical aspects: 

Guggulu, the resin from Commiphora mukul has been mentioned in the atharva veda and in early medical texts of a charaka, sushruta samhita and nighantus. Its original properties have been described as medoghna, mehaghna.  


The mukul myrrh (Commiphora mukul) tree is a small, thorny plant distributed throughout India. Guggulu and gum guggulu are the names given to a yellowish resin produced by the stem of the plant. This resin has been used historically and is also the source of modern extracts of Guggulu.

Guggul contains essential oils, myrcene, Z and E guggulsterones, alpha-camphorene, various other guggulsterones, and makulol. The Z and E guggulsterones, extracted with ethyl acetate, are the constituents that appear to be responsible for lowering blood lipids.


  • Obesity

  • Rheumatic disorders

  • Hypercholesterolemia

  • Promotes comfortable movement of the joints and muscles

  • Rejuvenates the muscular-skeletal system

  • Maintains healthy metabolism and removes toxins from the system

Ayurvedic Energetic: 

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, sweet, pungent

  • Guna (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, especially pitta

  • Virya (action): heating

  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect):  neutral

Healing power and curative properties:

The herb has been used in indigenous medicine from time immemorial. It widely promoted as a weight loss agent.

Guggulu also helps reduce high cholesterol, because it lowers harmful low-density lipoproteins while elevating the beneficial high-density lipoproteins. It helps prevent blood platelet aggregation and breaks up already formed blood clots. Thus, it helps prevent heart disease and stroke.

Guggulu lipid stimulates the activity of white blood cells in the body, contributing to the build-up of the immune system.

Guggulu lipid also helps eliminate and expel dead tissues, wastes, and toxins from the body.

Guggulu lipid has been known to relieve coughing and lung congestion, soothe mucous membranes and alleviate other respiratory problems.

Guggulu lipid also be used to treat arthritis and reduce inflammation of the joints.


Use with care during pregnancy


Daily recommendations for the purified Guggulu extract are typically based on the amount of guggulsterones in the extract. a common intake of guggulsterones is 25 mg three times per day. Most extracts contain 2.55% guggulsterones and can be taken daily for 12 to 24 weeks.

Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Guggulu :


Guggulu powder - 1 Kg.

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