Benefits of Gurmar

Gurmar is a perennial woody creeper with many branches. Eating the fresh leaves of this herb numbs the taste buds to the sense of sweet or bitter, hence the name literally means ‘sweet destroyer’(Gur-mar). It is a highly beneficial herb for regulating blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Gurmar: Diabetes, indigestion, hepatosplenomegaly, dyspepsia, constipation, jaundice, haemorrhoids, strangury, renal calculi, cardiopathy, cough, asthma, bronchitis, intermittent fever, hepatitis, conjuctivitis.

Action: Stomachic, bechic, expectorant, anti-parasitic, laxative, stimulant, aphrodisiac, diuretic.

Scientific name: Gymnema sylvestre.

Useful part: Leaves, roots.

Dosage: 5–10g per day.


Rasa (taste): Bitter, astringent

Vırya(energy): Cooling

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Dry, light

Dosa effect: PK−, V+

Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive

Srotas (channel): Digestive, circulatory, urinary, reproductive

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Mesasrngi, Madhunasini.

English: Periploca of the wood.

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