Benefits of Guggulu

Guggulu is a small thorny tree growing in dry, arid areas. Guggulu resin has a remarkable cholesterol controlling action and is a good remedy for rheumatism.

Benefits of Guggulu: Bronchitis, piles, increases white blood cell count, indigestion, neurosis, skin diseases, sores, cough, edema, arthritis, ulcers, gout, cholesterol, nervous disorders, bone fractures, tumors, ulcers.

Action: Alterative, analgesic, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant.

Scientific name: Commiphora wightii

Useful part: Resin.

Dosage: 3–9g per day in a decoction, 250mg–3g


Rasa (taste): Bitter, pungent, astringent, sweet

Vırya(energy): Heating

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Light, penetrating,

Dosa effect: VPK−, can aggravate P in excess

Dhatu(tissue): All tissues

Srotas (channel): Circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory

Description: It is a small tree upto 3-4m height with spinescent branching. Stem is brownish or pale yellow. Leaves are alternate, 1-3 foliate, obovate, leathery and serrate . Flowers small, brownish red. Fruit is a drupe and red when ripe, ovate in shape.

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Gugulu, Mahisaksah, Koushikaha, Devadhupa

Tamil, Telugu: Gukkulu



Kannada: Guggul

Botanical classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Spermatopsida

Order: Sapindales

Family: Burseraceae

Genus: Commiphora

Species: Commiphora wightii

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