Guggulu {Commiphora mukul, also known as Commiphora wightii}

Guggulu is especially good for Kapha and Vata.

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Kapha and Vata, increases Pitta
  2. Taste –bitter, astringent, pungent
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Action: Analgesic, antispasmodic, ama pachana, rejuvenative, stimulant
  5. Other Uses: A penetrating herb that promotes detoxification and rejuvenation by “scraping” (lekhana) toxins (Ama) as well as excess Meda Dhatu and Kapha from the bodily channels (srotas), Rejuvenates the dhatus and increases strength, Has particular affinity for joint and muscles. Used in arthritis, sciatica, gout and other Vata joint disorders. Also used in diabetes, obesity, and skin disorders and often combined with other herbs to create a targeted effect for example Triphala Guggul is used for reducing cholesterol.


Modern Research

It has been studied extensively for its effects on high cholesterol, though its relative effectiveness remains controversial.  It has also been extensive studied as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, and disinfectant. While most well-known for its purported anti-hyperlipidemic effects, guggul has also been investigated for possible therapeutic benefit in a number of other indications and health conditions including acne, obesity, and both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.