In the Western world, most people have never heard of the ancient herbs used in other parts of the world. Guggul is one such herb. Traditionally, this wondrous herb is used in Ayurvedic medicine.
While there has not been a lot of research of guggul in the United States, there has been extensive research done in India.
In fact, guggul research in India has been going on for more than 30 years.
What is guggul?
The guggul plant is a small, thorny bush, which is called a Commiphora Mukul Tree. This small tree grows in extremely dry regions, such as India.
The useful part of the plant is the yellow gum which is produced when the root of the plant is tapped.
The herb may be marketed using other names, such as Guggulu, Guggul Gum, Guggul Resin, Guggulipid, or Commiphora mukul.
All of these are the same herbal extract.
Guggul benefits and uses
There is proof in ancient texts that the herb has been used as far back as 600 B.C. During that time, it was used to treat arteries that had hardened, liver functions, sores, tumors, worms, seizures and edema.
In modern medicine, guggul is still used to treat all of these conditions, but it is also used to treat obesity, high cholesterol, acne, and rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
Guggul weight loss
Guggul is beneficial in weight loss because it causes the thyroid to become more active. This does not mean you will lose all the weight you want to lose if you just take guggul. You must still exercise and eat right to lose weight.
Guggul should not be used to treat thyroid diseases, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. If you are currently taking medication to treat a thyroid disorder, do not take guggul, as it can interfere with the effectiveness of your medication.
Guggul side effects
Most people have no ill side effects of guggul usage, but there have been some reports of nausea and upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive gas, and headaches.
Although rare, the use of guggul could cause itching and rashes.
A higher dosage of guggul increases the risk of unpleasant side effects.
Where to buy guggul?
You don’t have to go all the way to India to get guggul. It is typically sold online and in select health stores.
The usual dosage is 400 to 500mg taken by mouth three times daily, in capsule form.
To avoid stomach upset, it should be taken with meals.
As with any herb, you should discuss using guggul with your doctor if you are taking any other medications.
Because there has not been enough research regarding the safety of guggul in pregnant women, the herb should be avoided while you are expecting, and while you are nursing.
Guggul is known to cause blood to be slower than normal in clotting. Therefore, if you are going to have surgery, or if you have a bleeding disorder, you should avoid the use of guggul.
If you are planning to use guggul to treat a serious health condition, please discuss this with your doctor first.