Gymnema Benefits

Latin Name

Gymnema sylvestre

Also Known As

Gurmarbooti, gurmar, periploca of the woods, meshasringi, Gymnema


Southern and central India

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits

This Ayurvedic herb helps balance blood sugar, control cravings and thus aids weight loss. As well as being a well used weight loss remedy its therapeutic use is as an anti-diabetic aid.

This clever herb blocks intestinal absorption of sugar and lowers blood sugar levels gradually and naturally. It does this by preventing adrenaline from stimulating the liver, which then goes on to produce excess glucose.

It also abolishes the taste of sugar, giving it an ideal anti-craving effect; it does this by lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Much research has been done into its use with type 1 and 2 diabetes. It appears this herb is successful in controlling blood sugar levels, whilst maintaining healthy glucose levels, and promoting proper pancreatic function. It is able to promote the regeneration of
beta-cells responsible for releasing insulin in the pancreas and has the capacity to normalise blood sugars without the use of insulin or oral medications. Very interesting results and Gymnema Sylvestre would be worthy of more research for personal use in diabetes.

Typical Use

Suggested Dosage

Herbal powder
Take 1 or 2 grams twice daily with meals. Allow several weeks for benefits.
or as recommended by a herbal practitioner.

Folklore and History

Gymnema has been used in India traditionally for the treatment of diabetes for over 2000 years. It is still recommended for this condition now. It was also used traditionally for stomach ailments, constipation and liver disease.


Gymnemic acids, Gurmarin,


Safe and no known side effects, however do not use in place of insulin without the consultation and support of a herbal practitioner.