Gum Guggul - Commiphora Mukul

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This Gum guggul (Commiphora mukul) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Gum guggul - Commiphora mukul in the Burseraceae family

Parts used: Resin.

Taste/smell: Resinous, sticky.

Dosage: 1:3 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Hypolipidemic, (b) Lowers cholesterol, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Antifungal, (f) Carminative, (g) Expectorant, (h) Thyroid gland stimulant.

Gum guggul is for pharyngitis, all mucous membrane irritations and is a gargle for sore mouths and gums. Topically, it is used as a wash for sores and wounds.

This herb is most known in the United States for its ability to lower cholesterol.

Gum guggul is also used for hypothyroidism. There are rodent studies to support this, but no human studies.

Contraindications: All resinous liquid extracts of herbs, like gum guggul, will precipitate in water and stick to the container or glass. It is contraindicated in hyperthyroidism due to thyroid stimulation and in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effects.

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