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(Gymnema sylvestre)

Indian physicians first used Gymnema to treat diabetes almost two thousand years ago. In the 1920s, preliminary scientific studies found evidence that Gymnema leaves can reduce blood sugar levels, but nothing much came of this observation for decades. Today, however, Gymnema has become increasingly popular in the United States as a supportive treatment for diabetes.

PROPERTIES: anti-diabetic, anti-sweetener and anti-inflammatory
Parts used: herb 

• was used to treat snake bites, constipation, stomach complaints, water retention and liver disease

• used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat adult-onset diabetes

• when Gymnema is taken before eating, it is said that it blocks the taste of sugar, thereby reducing the desire to eat it 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: People with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) should use Gymnema only under the supervision of a physician. It is important to note that Gymnema should never be used in place of insulin. Gymnema can enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of insulin and hypoglycemic drugs and, thus, blood glucose levels. Therefore, blood glucose levels must always be monitored closely by a health care provider.

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.