Gudmar... The Insulin Herb
Can you imagine how much planning Nature has done for us? Despite our bad lifestyles and poor eating habits, nature has taken care to provide us with both preventive & curative remedies.
Gudmar is a herb which can help regulate glucose levels, boost insulin levels, prevent sugar cravings and promote whole-body cleansing! Gudmar, or Gymnema Sylvestre is a woody climber with elliptical leaves and small yellow flowers, native to southern and central India. The medicinally active parts of the plant are the leaves and the roots. Its name literally means destroyer of sugar!
How to grow
Mature seeds are sown in polyboxes or bags in October. The seedlings can be transplanted around February-March to larger pots or the ground. The plant grows well with the on-set of rainy season. The climber needs proper support for good growth and development. Gudmar can also be propagated through cuttings and planted during rainy season. Periodical weeding and hoeing is required, particularly during and after rainy season. Luckily, it is quite resistant to diseases and pests.
You can begin using the leaves as soon as the plant is large enough to spare some. Collect from the tops of the branches, cutting off several inches. Harvest it frequently for leaves; else it will go to seed very soon. If you are interested in getting seeds, leave the plant and soon it will go to seeds, which then can be dried and used.
1. When used for an extended time period, gudmar reduces blood sugar levels. In fact, it is one of the key ingredients of all natural medication for diabetes, apart from cinnamon, chromium, zinc, biotin, huckleberry and bitter melon.
2. Gudmar extracts can be used to treat problems like hyperglycemia, obesity, high cholesterol levels, anemia and digestion.
3. As a diuretic, gudmar cleanses the body and promotes circulatory health by getting rid of excess water through increased urine secretion.
4. Chewing fresh leaves of gudmar halts sweet cravings for some time.
5. Powdered root can be sprinkled on or made into a paste to treat snake bites. It is also used to treat inflammation, swollen glands, constipation, malaria and coughs.
The Gudmar plant is available at nurseries, and gudmar is also available as capsules from some pharmaceutical companies.
• Consult a doctor before consuming gudmar with any prescription for diabetes, or any other chronic condition.
• Pregnant or lactating women should avoid Gudmar usage.
• Having gudmar may raise systolic blood pressure.