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Comiphora weightii






Indian bedellium, gum-gugul.

Latin name


Comiphora weightii / C. mukul

Common Name / Synonyms :  





Morphology : A small sized thorny plant with stout spines. The wood is white and soft. The branch ends with pointed tips. The leaves are tri-foliate (clove leaf appearance) and strongly sweet scented. The ventral (lower) surface of the leaf is gray while dorsal (upper) surface is glossy green. The flowers are small, brown and arranged in branched cluster. The fruit is a fleshy drupe. The drupe is oval shaped and turns to red when matured. The stem bark is glossy, greenish–yellow and peels of like paper, exposing the green inner bark.

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:



Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent)



Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)  



Ushna (hot)



Katu (pungent)



Tridosha Shamak (alleviate V, P and K Dosha)

Prabhav : Rasayana (anti ageing and rejuvenating)


Useful parts



Chemical Composition


It has essential oils (resin and gum), myrcene, Z and E guggul sterones, alpha camphorene, various other guggul sterones and makulol.

Purification of Guggul : Ayurveda specifies shodhana (purification) as one of the important procedure before oral administration. To purify guggul it should be wraped in a cotton cloth and dipped in simmering cow's milk which is stirred continously till all pure substain of guggul is absorbed in milk. When the precess is completed the milk containing pure gum resin will be solidifies and the cotton sack containing the impurities or toxins is discarded.



2-4 gm

Important formulations


Triphala Guggulu, Amrita Guggulu, Sunthi guggul.

Medicinal uses


Different types of guggul is reisns have different therapeutic uses based on the age of guggul. Fresh collected guggul has brimhana properties where as purana guggul has lekhana properties. It  acts as an Anti-rheumatic, analgesic, anti-cholesterolaemic, anti-inflammatory. Hypolipidaemic and anti obesity herb. It also useful in treating skin problems like skin rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis, boils. It relaxes the mussels and helps in menstrual cramps. It acts as a blood detoxifier which breaks up stagnation body. The Z and E guggul sterones lowers the serum triglycerides and LDL level at the same time increases HDL level. As antioxident it helps in artereosclerosis. It helps in curing arthritis. Guggul is also useful in improving sperm quality and sperm count.

Contra indications/ Precautions : 1. High doses of guggul may cause allergies itching and shortness of breath.

2.If you are a thyroid patient before taking guggul you must consult a physician.

3. Pregnancy and breast feeding

4.Liver diseases and inflammatory bowel diseases or diaherra.

Home remedies:

  1. It is a potent hypolipidaemic agent, so one should consume 2 gm guggulu daily in lipid disorders.
  2. It is a known analgesic agent. It should be taken in the dose of 2 gm  thrice daily to reduce the pain.
  3. Guggul water (Guggul dissolved in water) is widely used to gargle in order to get rid of tonsilitis, pharyngitis, stomatitis, upper respiratory tract infection, mouth ulcers.


By viewing recent clinical studies it can be concluded that Guggulu is a potent hypolipidaemic herb, it is a natural powerful analgesic, antiinflammatory and anti obesity herb. It also can be used effectively in arthritis.

Most scientific evidence suggested that guggulipid elicits significant reductions in serum total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides, as well as elevations in high-density lipoprotein (HDL). The lipid peroxidation and COX enzyme inhibitory activities exhibited by compounds isolated from C. mukul may substantiate its use in traditional medicine.

Other study demonstrated that gugulipid has significant protective affect against streptozotocin-induced memory deficits model of dementia that can be attributed to anti-oxidant and anti-AChE activity of gugulipid. These observations suggest gugulipid as a potential anti-dementia drug.

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