COMMON NAME: Guggulu
OTHER NAME: Devadhupa, Jatayu, Hill mango, Gum guggul, Indian Bdellium
BOTANICAL NAME: Commiphora mukul (HK. Ex Stocks) Engl.
PLANT FAMILY: Burseraceae
SYNONYMS: Commiphora wightii (Arnott) Bhandari
OVERVIEW: Guggulu produces a resinous sap known as gum guggul. The extract of this gum, called gugulipid, guggulipid or guglipid, has been used in traditional Unaniand Ayurvedic medicinefor nearly 3,000 years in India.
INTRODUCTION: Guggulu is a shrub or small tree, reaching a maximum height of 4 m, with thin papery bark. The branches are thorny. The oleo-gum-resin produced by making the incision on the stem is called guggulu-gum.
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: Guggulu oleo-gum-resin contains a number of compounds – a diterpene hydrocarbon, a diterpene alcohol, Z-gugulsterone,-gugulsterone, guggulsterol-I, guggulsterol- II, guggulsterol-III.
PARTS USED: Oleo-gum-resin.
PRECAUTIONS: None known.
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