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Gymnema Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Gymnema Sylvestre, Asclepiadaceae family
Hindi Name
Gudmar, Gurmar, Gurmabooti
Homeopathic Name
Gymnema Sylvestre   -   Mother Tincture

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Parts Used

Whole Plant, Leaves, Roots

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Gymnema

Avoid use during Pregnancy.
It may cause Gastrointestinal Disorder, if taken on an empty Stomach.

Gymnema Sylvestre has been accused of lowering Blood Sugar rapidly and most medical papers advise that when you are taking chemical drugs to lower your sugar, you should not take Gymnema Sylvestre. Since Chemical drugs have side effects and Gymnema Sylvestre does not have. It is recommended that when you start use of Gymnema Sylvestre, you should reduce the chemical drugs doses and eventually eliminate which is more effective and better for your body, you be the judge.
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Gymnema is a climbing plant.
It is an evergreen.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to 60 Cm.
Best used for Diabetes.
Fresh leaves are beneficial for Paralysis.
Recommended Dosage : 200-250 mg.

Gudmar plays a significant role in curing Diabetes, both type 1 and 2.
Type 1 diabetes is a result of complete or partial absence of Beta Cells. Beta cells are present in the Pancreas. Their function is to produce a hormone called Insulin. Insulin signals the cells to take in glucose from the blood. Cells need the glucose for energy. Gymnema Sylvestre revives the Pancreas by regenerating the Beta cells.

Insulin resistance is a major problem in type 2 diabetes. Gymnema Sylvestre activates the insulin receptors. Insulin is used better by the body. Cells are able to absorb glucose for energy.

Note 1: Gudmar produces a strong antidiabetic effect. If taken with other diabetic medicines, the blood sugar levels may fall below the normal range. Don ' t be afraid seeing the blood sugar levels below normal. The solution is to discontinue or reduce the dosage of the other medicine.
Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is a must when taking Gymnema Sylvestre.
Note 2 : To see permanent results to combat Diabetes, adminster for at least three months regularly. Give 20 drop doses of mother tincture thrice a day.
Note 3 : Use St John's wort with Gymnema as a catalyst. It enhances the effectiveness of Gymnema.


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Gymnema General

Gymnema is a climbimg plant. It is associated to the Apocynaceae family and native to India and Africa. Gymnema has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicines. The Hindi name of Gymnema is Gurmar. It means the sugar destroyer.
The first effects are not the reduction of blood sugar. The first effect is, that you will feel more energetic. If you have boils, itching or any other problem. It will be cured first. Blood sugar lowering comes later.
Gymnema Sylvetre has a three way action against Diabetes. The absorption of sugar from the intestine is reduced with Gudmar. It increases the production of insulin in the body. It regenerates the beta cells in the pancreas.
Gudmar is so effective, it can reduce the blood sugar levels below than normal. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is mandatory if taking Gudmar along with other diabetic medications.
Skin problems are a major complaint in diabetes. Gumar cures infections and heals the Skin disorders.
Gurmar is known for reducing the sugar taste. Chew few leaves of Gurmar to reduce the sugar cravings.
It helps in shedding of extra weight. It increases the internal health and treats Obesity.
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Gymnema for Paralysis

Prepare a paste of fresh Gymnema leaves. Apply it, twice a day.

Gymnema for Diabetes

Prepare a decoction by putting a handful of Gymnema leaves in a cup of boiling water. Add Cardamom to taste. Drink a cup twice a day.
Or:Buy tablets or Capsules of Gymnema from the market. Take two capsules two times a day.

Gymnema for Impotence

Take 4 g dried leaves powder of Gymnema with Milk. Have it once a day.

Gymnema for Pyuria

Grind dried leaves of Gymnema to make powder. Take quarter tsp of it with Milk. Use it once a day.

Gymnema for High Cholesterol

Prepare a decoction of Gymnema leaves. Take 2 tsp of it once a day.

Gymnema ( Gurmar ) Leaves for Obesity

Take one teaspoon decoction of Gymnema ( Gurmar ) Leaves twice a day.
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Prepare a fine powder of the following herbs and store in a vessel:
Gymnema Sylvestre 50 mg
Dried Bitter Gourd 50 mg
Fenugreek Seeds 50 mg
Nigella seeds ( Black Cumin ) 50 mg
Dried Black Plum ( Jamun )50 mg
Black Pepper 25 mg
Consume ¼ tablespoon powder along with a cup of Soy Milk or Butter Milk ( Lassi ) on an empty stomach.
Soak ¼ tablespoon of the powdered mixture in a glass of water overnight and consume before breakfast in the next morning.
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10 Oct 2015
Excellent information ,these natural herbs are fit for our metabolic system as it is inherited from our ancestors.

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N.Krishnaswamy ( India/tamilnadu )
18 Mar 2016
Gymnema is very good medicine for diabetic patients. it is cent percent believeable ayurvedic medicine.I have taken this medicine.No side effect.
22 Mar 2019
Im taking glimestar m1 500mg morning and night daily my sugars are 117 fasting and 211 post eating want to reduce medicine as it has side effects in long run can i take gymnema
Gururaj Jahagirdar ( Bangalore India )
09 Jul 2016
Sir,What would you call Gudmar in Kannada?How long it can be used to get normal bloodsugar?whether to take on empty stomach Or before half an hour of meal/lunch?
14 Jul 2016
Dear Gururaj
You may buy tincture from a homeopathy shop " Gymnema Sylvestre ". Take 10 drops 3 times in a day. Take it for 1 month and keep a regular check on your Blood Sugar. Once the level goes down reduce the doses also.
Also take tribulus Terrestris Tincture, 10 drops 3 times in a day.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Gururaj Jahagirdar ( India karnataka )
14 Jul 2016
Sir,Is it necessary to take Tribulus Terrastris tincture along with Gudmar? You have not confirmed the dose should be taken in empty stomach or before food? Your reply is awaited
04 Aug 2016
Gururaj Since you are diabetic, so it is important that you take good care of your Kidneys as diabetic patients are m more prone to Kidney disorders. Because blood sugar will affect kidneys as they will have to overwork. That is why we have suggested you to take Tribulus Terrestris. Choice is yours. The dosage is 10 drops of Tribulus in a glass of water everyday for a month.
Take Gymnema Sylvestre 5 drops in the evening everyday. Keep a check on your sugar levels, you can reduce the dosage as per your readings. Consult your health care provider before taking any herb.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Gururaj Jahagirdar ( India Karnataka )
16 Jul 2016
Sir, No reply for my query dated 14th.Kindly reply at an early
Patience ( Ghana, Accra )
15 Aug 2016
Where can I specifically get some of some of these herbs to buy in Accra, or anywhere in Ghana where I come and am currently staying?
Thank you.
25 Aug 2016
If you do not find in it in your local area, You can order it online .Over the internet. Good Luck
Samuel ( USA/Souoth Carolina )
20 Aug 2016
You have good healthy information. ?? Since I live in America, where can I find these products in pill form that have not been adulterated by fast cash businesses who would rather see a customer continue to come back than be cure of a disease? So many good products are commercialized losing their effectiveness....
09 Sep 2016
Samuel You will have to do your research. The herbs are easily available on the internet. Yes, you need to look for the authentic vendors. Hope you find one. I usually order my products from amazon .com
12 Sep 2016
14 Sep 2016
I do not think that the herb has got anything to do with Heamoglobin. What you can do is, Eat foods rich in vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach.
Pratima vaidya ( India )
11 Oct 2016
My husband suffering from diabetes.he is on insulin and I want him to reduce his insulin intake or if possible totally stop.plz suggest how .he also has high cholesterol level.
Pratima vaidya ( India )
12 Oct 2016
Waiting for your reply sir please help
Sateesh Sen
14 Oct 2016
Your Husband may try Gmnema Sylvestre. It has shown positive results in so many people. He may take 5 drops of this tincture in a glass of water. Try for a week. And monitor the sugar levels for a week. The herb will reduce the sugar levels drastically , so the insulin dosage needs to be reduced simultaneously.
Monitor the sugar levels after every 2 days.
Once, you feel the he is improving then Insulin may stopped. You may read the disease " Diabetes " in the disease section.
Pratima vaidya
21 Oct 2016
Thank-you so much sir . Plz also tell whether this tincture has any side effect inlong run as diabetic patients are prone to kidney and heart ailments.
Kindly advise.
Pratima vaidya
25 Oct 2016
Still waiting for your reply sir
Pratima vaidya
31 Oct 2016
Waiting for your reply sir
Pratima vaidya
03 Nov 2016
Please help sir still waiting for your reply. I am giving one karela and two amla fresh juice to my husband empty stomach in morning.giving one tablet of giloy morning evening and 10drops gudmar tincture morning and evening before meals .juice and giloy tablet I have been giving him for about a month and tincture I've started two days back but there is no improvement.he is on insulin for last 9years and currently his fasting sugar fluctuating between 100-150 and at night before dinner 200.he is taking 16 units in morning and 14units insulin at night . please advise if I am going on the right track and should wait for few days or there is no chance of improvement. My husband had attack of pancreatitis about 11years back due to which he became diabetic.
Pratima vaidya
04 Nov 2016
Please reply sir still waiting
Pratima vaidya
10 Nov 2016
Sir still waiting for your response
30 Jan 2018
What is the strength of the tincture
Khan ( U.s )
13 Oct 2016
Waiting for reply.plz reply me
Khan ( U.S )
13 Oct 2016
Dear sir

I am pregnant with diabetes.My levels are 140 in morning and 180 after meal with medication glycinorm and glycyphage.I don't want to take insulin,want to control with diet and exercise and aurvedic solution.

My numbers are going high in morning without eating after wake up.
Plz advice me
13 Oct 2016
Are you going through the first trimester of your pregnancy ? Since, you are already taking drugs for it, therefore, it would not be safe to take any anti diabetic herb in this case. Or, alternatively, you might have to give up the drugs that you have been taking.
So, please specify the duration of pregnancy
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
13 Oct 2016
Yes sir.This is first trimester
13 Oct 2016
Plz advice me what can I do?
18 Oct 2016
Avoid , White Bread, White Sugar, White Rice. This regimen needs to be followed strictly, if you want your sugar level in control. Regular exercise is a must. We do not recommend any herbs if the woman is pregnant. The herb might not be safe.
All you can do is eat veggies, fruits which do not have sugar. Avoid carbs, fats milk also. Yes, not even milk. Yoga should be part of your daily routine.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Psreddy ( India )
16 Oct 2016
Iam having diabetes since 3years. Presently iam taking 1000mg metformin for day. Can I reduce metformin dose by eating fresh leaves of gymnema
17 Oct 2016
Yes, you may definitely reduce the dosage. But you need to keep a check on your sugar levells. Adjust the dosage of the Gymnema and the Metformin as per the reading.
Dee ( United States/Utah )
17 Oct 2016
What are the dosages recommended for the herbs for diabeties, such as Ginsing Korean, Lagerstroemia Speciosa and Gymnema Sylvestre?
Kavya Chandan
20 Oct 2016
The dosage of any herb depends on the condition of the person. Don't you think the dosage would vary if these herbs are taken in combination with other remedies and if they are taken primarily as a single herb. So, I would suggest that you please mention the condition in detail and also the additional drugs or herbs being taken.
16 Sep 2017
My mother is a diabetic since last 6 years.. before 2 month her pp 417 so doctor started basal insulin 30 unit before lunch with metformin tenlin m forte 1000 mg sr and night metsmall 1000mg sr recently reading is fasting 175 pp 245 mornin breakfast after lunch 235 .. she is also taking bp tablet amlokind morning and evening...can i give her gymnema sylvestre tincture...plz tell me drops, timing, and everything whichever mst
Sarah ( CA )
15 Nov 2016
Can I take gymnema if NOT taking other diabetic medications for gestational diabetes that has started beginning of third trimester?
18 Nov 2016
Sarah. No, you should not take Gudmar during pregnancy. The medicine which is considered safe for you is : Metformin I would advise you to consult your doctor before you try any remedy.
Pratima vaidya ( India )
24 Nov 2016
Sir as per your advice I've started giving 10drops of gymnema two times daily to my husband for last one month but there is not much change in his blood sugar levels apart from this I'm also giving him fresh amla and karela juice .he is diabetic for last 10 yrs after he suffered from pancreatitis attack. He has skin rashes on his legs and also complains of fatigue and cramps in legs. Please advise if gudmar along with karela juice be of any help in controlling hi blood sugar and other symptoms.presently his fasting sugar is 125-130or more and pp200 or more .he is taking human mixture insulin morning 17units and nite 13 units. Kindly advise
28 Nov 2016
Dear Pratima When the Pancreas get damaged, it is very difficult to cure them. However, we must try. The way to do is, to read " The Genesis" page given in the portal Vibrant Health and adhere to it completely for 15 days. Take Green Leaf Juice (GLJ ) and follow whatever is given to the latter.. After 2 months, it is expected that Pancreas might be revived and get activated.
You must know that Gudmar and Metformin are the medicines, they will not revive or stimulate the Pancreas. Thus, Green Leaf Juice is a must for you. Then you continue with Gudmar and Karela. The link to the page is : http://herbpathy.com/The-Genesis-Vid48
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Srinivasan ( Tamilnadu )
19 Feb 2017
I am suffering with diabetes (after fasting :300mmhg) past two Years, now I am taking sidda medicine,but no change in my diabetic levels(250~300 varying),now a days I am getting skin rashes on my face & back
Can you help me sir...I don't know how to come out of this problem..please suggest me
Karuna Luthra
24 Feb 2017
Skin Rashes may probably the side effects of the Siddha medicine that you have been taking. For Diabetes you may take Gudmar, it is the best herb for Diabetes. Please read about the disease Diabetes in the disease section of this website.
07 Mar 2017
Thanks for your suggestion.. If I take gudmar,how much time will it take to reduce my sugar level to normal ,because I was badly affected by diabetes. Please guide me sir
Bhavin shah ( Gujarat )
03 Apr 2017
gudmar is good for pancreatitis ?
06 Apr 2017
No. Gudmar is not associated with Pancreatitis. Have a glass of green juice daily. You may take leaves of Spinach, Carrot, Beetroot and Water Cress. Add half teaspoon of Nut grass powder to 3 glasses of water. boil this water, until the water remains to one glass. Drink it once a day for 20 days.
Kiahni Watkins ( United States )
04 Apr 2017
I had seen when I first purchase this stuff it was a food regimen to follow and you had to click on it but it's not there what happen to it.
Siva ( Andhrapradesh )
24 Apr 2017

Iam 31yr old my HBA1C level is 6.7 Doctor said ur prediabetic and almost reached to diabetes so I started gymnema slystere china from last two days kindly help me to reduce my sugar levels and don't want to diabetic....plz guide me.
Anaya K. ( India )
11 May 2017
Continue to take Gymnema Sylvestre tincture for a month. This will significantly reduce your sugar levels. Make sure that you check your Sugar readings on regular interval. Do not worry , you will be cured. Avoid taking any food that has artificial sweeteners in it. Read the disease Diabetes and you may take precautionary measures.
Prachi ( India, Rajasthan )
04 Jun 2017
dear sir,
we have come to know that my mother is having diabetes(high sugar level) in the recent blood report.
she is taking medicines adviced by the doctot
now,after knowing about gudmar leaves is it necessary to take medicines also...when to take gudmar leaves(after breakfast or in night).she is having high blood pressure also taking medicines for this also.plz acknowledge me how to take gudmar and duration to treat diabetes naturally.
28 Jun 2017
Dear Prachi
Buy Gymnema Sylvestre tincture and have 10 drops 3 times in a day. take it half an hour before major meal.
Also take Tinopsora Cordifolia tincture 5 drops morning and evening. We suggest you to please keep a regular check on her BP and Blood Sugar. Once the level goes down reduce the allopathy drugs accordingly and continue the Herbal treatment. And when you see after taking Herbs, her BP and Blood sugar are under control, reduce the herbal doses accordingly. Try the regimen for 1 month and study results.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
10 Jul 2017
Dear sir,
we have gymnema growing wildly in our village
how many fresh leaves we should consume for diabetes
15 Sep 2017
Take a handful of Gyme=nema leaves, Add them to water, boil it and prepare a decoction. Have a cup every day.
Please note that you should keep a note of sugar levels once you start consuming this anti diabetic herb. You may reduce the intake slowly when you feel the sugar is being in control
Nimmy ( West Australia )
05 Sep 2017
Dear sir,
I want to buy a gymnema plant, could you pls tell me which nursery in chennai or Kerala it is available, I am happy to go and buy from there, I am desperate to get for my husband, we tried everything. I want to buy a plant pls help me
Thanking you
Selie Visa ( India )
30 Oct 2017
Gymnema, according to recent studies, can cure cancer. What ingredients and in what ways do Gymnema fight cancer cells?

Is Herbpathy doing more research on the benefits of Gymnema?
Vasanthi ( TamilNadu )
30 Jan 2018
Sir,what is the strength of gudmar tincture for diabetics
Vicky ( KSA )
17 Feb 2018
Gumarbooti powder can increase the blood pressure ? Pls advise

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Arc ( USA / Georgia )
21 Feb 2018
Gymnema Sylvestre is amazing!!! It has lowered my blood sugar to normal in days and has maintained for weeks right now. The question I have is I'm on three different blood pressure medicine (25 mg of Lisinopril Hydrochlorazide, 10 mg of Amplodipine and 10 mg of Antelol) can Gymnema have a bad response to the blood pressure medicines???
Sandrikah ( Malaysia )
11 Mar 2018
Dear Sir,
I'm taking Plavix daily. This is due to I had mild stroke last year. I have diabetes for 10 years. now I would like to take Gymnema Sylvestre . Will there be side effect.
Anila khedekar ( India /maharashtra )
18 Apr 2018
my mother is suffering form DM since 20 yrs and nowisnce 6 month she is on insulin -- hher blood suger never come below 200 in tis years -- also she hs joint pain -- plz suggest dose of gudmar
Rajendra kzp ( India maharashtra rajendra. ruga )
20 Oct 2018
Can I consume parijat leaves tea empty stomach for diabetes life time with out side effects
Havi ( Gujrat )
13 Nov 2018
My daughter is of 6 years detected type 1 diabetes since one year suggest the herbal treatment for her
Malti K
21 May 2020
Hi Herbpathy Team,

Thank you for all the information.

I want to use Gymnema Sylvestre extract to reduce weight, how I can use it? what should be the quantity? I am overweight and my bmi is 28.
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31 Aug 2020
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T K Ghosh ( West Bengal,India )
06 Nov 2020
I am a male-senior Citizen of 71 yrs of age.I have been taking 10 drops of Gymnema Sylvestre-1 X in the morning(empty stomach) and in afternoon for last three months. My Fasting sugar is reduced to 124 and PP sugar is also reduced to 126. How long am I to take same dose !! I presume that PP is ok but Fasting is high. Pl advise if I am to continue with what dose and how many times in a day and how long !! Regards.
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