Shuddha Guggulu is an herbal supplement that claims to regulate lipid levels in the body.
How It Works
Shuddha Guggulu is an Ayurvedic herbal concoction based on ancient Indian medical recipes. Guggulu is a resin derived from a native Indian plant known as mukul myrrh or Commiphora mukul scientifically. Mukul is a small, thorny tree that has long been valued by Indians for its healing properties. The resin is extracted from the tree and is processed with other herbs to make this herbal supplement.
Shuddha Guggulu is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties. These claims have no scientific backing. Shuddha Guggulu is an herbal supplement and is not an approved medication.
Ayurvedic practitioners use Shuddha Guggulu to reduce joint inflammation associated with arthritis. It is also used as a so-called lipid regulator or a cholesterol regulator for obese individuals at risk for heart disease. In Ayurvedic medicine, these diseases are known as “vata” disorders, or diseases of the neurological system. Proponents of this drug say that it has the ability to detoxify, rejuvenate, purify the blood, kindle “digestive fire,” support movement of joins, support the immune system, normalize irregular menstrual cycles and make skin look young and healthy.
There are not well-known or approved uses for Shuddha Guggulu.
Shuddha Guggulu is available as oral tablets, powder and external pastes. It is an herbal supplement without a set dosage. However, you should refer to directions of use mentioned in the packaging of the supplement and take Shuddha Guggulu accordingly.
For tablets, the typical recommended dose is one or two tablets taken once or twice per day. Do not take this supplement in excess amounts.
You should take this herbal supplement by the mouth. You can take the medication with a glass of water or another beverage, unless the directions say otherwise. Refer to the direction on the label to know whether you should take this herbal supplement before or after a meal.
If you are unsure of the dosage or do not understand the directions on the label, ask your pharmacist for clarification.
Ayurvedic practitioners say that Shuddha Guggulu increases “pitta,” a substance in the body that largely regulates digestion according to traditional medicine. As a result, you may experience the following side effects:
The manufacturer warns that taking Shuddha Guggulu in excess could potential lead to the following side effects:
Decreased sex drive or impotence
Liver or lung issues
If you experience any unsavory effects when using this herbal supplement, you must immediately seek medical attention.
Shuddha Guggulu is not an approved prescription medication for arthritis or obesity and should not be treated as such.
You must always consult with your doctor before taking herbal supplements such as Shuddha Guggulu. If you are taking other medications, taking a supplement like Shuddha Guggulu at the same time could result in a dangerous reaction.
It’s recommended to avoid direct exposure to the sun when taking Shuddha Guggulu.
Drink plenty of water to decrease your risk for dehydration if you experience side effects like vomiting.