Botanical name: Gymnema sylvestrae
Common Name: Gymnema, Madhunashini
Part used: Leaves
Phytochemicals: Gymnemic acids
Gymnemic acid 25%-75%
Category: Blood Sugar Management
It has long been used in traditional medicine as a remedy for diabetes mellitus, stomach ache and diarrhea.
The plant is popularly known as ‘gurmar’ for its distinctive property of temporarily destroying the taste of sweetness.
It is a potent antidiabetic plant and used in folk, ayurvedic and homeopathic systems of medicine.
It is also used in the treatment of asthma, eye complaints, inflammations, family planning and snakebite.
It possesses antimicrobial, antihypercholesterolemic, hepatoprotective and sweet suppressing activities.
It also acts as feeding deterrents to caterpillar, Prodenia eridania; prevent dental caries caused by Streptococcus mutans and in skin cosmetics.
Gymnema sylvestre has also shown larvicidal activity against Culex qinquifaciatus mosquito larvae.