GUGGULU (Commiphora mukul) aka - Gum Gugul
Guggul is a gummy yellowish resin extract from India used primarily for lowering cholesterol. It also reduces platelet stickiness and helps to eliminate blood clots, which may make it effective in preventing strokes as well as preventing other cardiovascular problems. It has been used to increase HDL cholesterol (“the good cholesterol”) needed by the body. Another very important aspect of Guggulu is that it stimulates thyroid function. It is possible that this thyroid-stimulating effect is responsible for its lipid-lowering activity. Guggulu has been used for weight loss with great success. But it is also very beneficial as a heart tonic and for increasing energy. It has been used for blood disorders that manifest with skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and boils. Guggulu seems to have an impact on the skeletal part of the body by strengthening the bones, nerves; it cleanses bone tissue and improves flexibility helping to maintain a youthful mobility. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to boost the immune system.