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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., 
- Common Names: Gymnema, Gurmar
- Family: Apocynaceae
- Parts Used: Leaves
- Constituents: flavonol glycosides, saponins
- Medicinal Actions: antidiabetic, hypoglycaemic, hypolipidaemic, antiobesity, antimicrobial
Gymnema has been used widely in folk, Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine to treat type II diabetes and dysglcemia.
- 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.
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
- Tincture - 1-15 drops three times daily
- 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.
- 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.
- Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
- Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
- Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.