GYMNEMA (Gymnema sylvestre)
Also known as: Australian cowplant, cowplant, gurma, madhunashini, merasingi, meshashringi, miracle
plant and periploca of the woods.
Gymnema is a herb found in the tropical forests of India and Asia and its leaves have a historic use as a therapy for arthritis and diabetes and the Hindi name 'gurmar' means 'destroyer of sugar'. Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine and increase the amount of insulin in the body. It also helps to increase the growth of cells in the pancreas which is where insulin is made.
It is also used for treating coughs, malaria, metabolic syndrome and to aid with weight loss in the obese. It is also used as an appetite suppressant, digestive stimulant, diuretic, laxative and as a snake bite antidote.
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