Shuddha Guggulu is an ayurvedic preparation commonly used for the management of obesity and high cholesterol levels. It is also used in the treatment of joint diseases. It is effective in the management of atherosclerosis and hypertension. It can be used to enhance the functions of the heart.
- Raw guggul resin – Commiphora Wightii – Mukul Myrrh – 250 grams
- Decoction of Three myrobalans or Triphala – 250 grams
- Giloy – Tinospora Cordifolia – 125 grams
The three myrobalans used in the preparation of Shuddha Guggulu include:
- Harar – Chebulic Myrobalan – Terminalia Chebula
- Behara – Beleric Myrobalan – Terminalia Bellerica
- Amla –Emblic Myrobalan – Phyllanthus Emblica
HOW IT WORKS
Shuddha Guggulu acts as an anti-obesity agent. It works by stimulating the burning of fats in the body. It also possesses hypolipidemic properties, which help to reduce the serum cholesterol levels. The anti-inflammatory action of this medication helps to control inflammation, redness, swelling, and tenderness in different parts of the body. It also acts as an antioxidant and scavenges the free radicals while delaying the effect of advancing age on the health of the organs.
Shuddha Guggulu also possesses several other medicinal properties and produces anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antitumor, and cardioprotective actions.
THINGS TO KNOW
Shuddha Guggulu is purified form of Guggul that is used in several ayurvedic formulations. It is prepared from the gum derived from the Mukul Myrrh, or Commiphora Wightii, tree. The gum is processed to form a herbal decoction, which is purified by removing impurities. The purification process also makes the Guggulu suitable for use in the preparation of ayurvedic compounds.
The Shuddha Guggulu is purified to avoid contamination of the Guggulu extracted from the bark of the plant and ensure it is free from bacteria and dust particles.
INDICATIONS & USES
- High cholesterol
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Shuddha Guggulu can be used in a dose of 500 to 2000 mg twice daily.
BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS
Shuddha Guggulu is commonly used in the treatment of high cholesterol levels. It can also be used for treating obesity. The use of this ayurvedic preparation can help to control the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A regular use of this medicine is recommended for the treatment and prevention of hypertension and atherosclerosis.
Shuddha Guggulu is commonly used in the treatment of obesity. The Triphala extract present in the purified guggul increases the potency of the three fruits. This helps the patients to get faster results with their weight loss efforts. (1)
Shuddha Guggulu works by stimulating the fat burning processes. It increases the utilization of fats by the body. This results in a faster weight loss. Shuddha Guggulu can also prevent the complications of obesity such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart diseases.
Shuddha Guggulu acts as a natural cardioprotective agent. It helps to enhance the functions of the heart and improves its ability to pump blood. It regularizes the heart beats and prevents arrhythmic disorders.
Shuddha Guggulu also helps in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides levels, which can otherwise form plaques in the blood vessels and affect the blood flow to the vital organs such as the heart. This can help in reducing the risk of myocardial infarction, and angina. (2)
Shuddha Guggulu also helps to treat hypertension by reducing the development of atherosclerosis. The anti-lipemic action of this medication keeps the blood vessels free from cholesterol plaques thus enabling a smoother flow of blood through them. This help to reduce blood pressure.
The use of Shuddha Guggulu is highly recommended for the prevention of atherosclerosis. This condition is caused due to the higher levels of cholesterol in the blood. Atherosclerosis occurs when the excess cholesterol is deposited along the walls of the blood vessels making them narrower.
Shuddha Guggulu can reduce the cholesterol levels and prevent the narrowing of arteries. It can also prevent the plaque deposition in the blood vessels and thus, reduce the complications associated with atherosclerosis such as heart attacks, and stroke.
Shuddha Guggulu contains Guggulsterone, which acts as an antagonist for the Farnesoid X receptors. The hypolipidemic effects of Shuddha Guggulu are attributed to Guggulsterone, which is required for the homeostasis between the cholesterol and bile acids. The Farnesoid X receptor antagonism caused due to Guggulsterone helps in reducing cholesterol by stimulating the conversion of excess cholesterol into bile salts. (3)
Shuddha Guggulu can also be used for the treatment of joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces pain, and swelling in the joints. It improves the joint mobility and eases the movements. It also regulates the functions of the immune system thus preventing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
It can also reduce stiffness and crepitation in the affected joints. The detoxifying properties of this medication help to clear toxins from the joints thus restoring its normal functions. It also lubricates and rejuvenates the bones and promotes their strength thus enabling proper movements within these delicate joint spaces. (4)
SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY
Shuddha Guggulu is safe to use. It is not known to cause any serious side effects. It is free from impurities and disease-causing microbes.
Overdose Side Effects
The use of Shuddha Guggul in a dosage higher than 6 grams per day can cause a few side effects such as a headache, nausea, gastric disturbances, and loose motions.