Information on Gymnema

Latin NameGymnema sylvestre
Other NamesMeshashringee
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsCapsule, tablet.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA woody vine with small yellow flowers from the Milkweed family.
DescriptionGymnema is a common vine-like plant indigenous to India. It has been used for centuries in the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda under the name Meshashringee. Interestingly, the plant has the ability to block the experience of sweet tastes for a short period of time and has gained the reputation as a weight-loss herb.
The roots and leaves are used in traditional medicine to strengthen digestion and lower fevers. Modern research shows that extracts of the leaves can lower blood sugar levels in animals and humans when they are too high, but do not change the levels when they are normal.
More interestingly, the herb appears to have the rare ability to restore the beta-cells in the pancreas where insulin is produced. Thus it may be useful for non-insulin dependent diabetes or for people who have pancreas stress because of over-consumption of simple sugars (for instance in candy and ice cream) or other causes.


Extract6-12 grams daily

Ailments Treated by Gymnema

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Diabetes, insulin dependentpancreatic tonictablet, tinctures


Felter, H.W. and J.U. Lloyd. 1983. (1898). King's Dispensatory. Portland, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications.