Gymnema sylvestra

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Gymnema is known for its ability to decrease blood sugar. To explore the characteristics, medicinal uses and prescribing considerations of this herb in more detail, check out the references indicated.[1], [2]



Historical Uses:

Gymnema has been used widely in folk, Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine to treat type II diabetes and dysglcemia.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Weight Management
  • increases serum leptin and seronin levels, decrease appetite and to lower body weight and body mass index (BMI).
  • May improved blood lipid levels.[3]

Prescribing Considerations

The information provided is intended to augment the treatment from a naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition, if you are on any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Formulations and Preparation


The safety and prescribing considerations for this herb include:[4] [5]

  • Generally regarded as safe.
  • Side-effects are rare. None have been reported.
  • Drug-Herb Interactions. It may have a synergistic effect with other blood sugar lowering medications.


  1. Boon Heather, Smith Michael (2009) 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide Second Edition Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research, CCNM Toronto.
  2. Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
  4. Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
  5. Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.