Information on Guggulu

Latin NameCommiphora mukul
Part UsedOleoresin
Herb FormsPowder, capsule.
AffectsEndocrine system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy and in cases of chronic diarrhea.
Botanical InfoThe gummy resin from a small spiny tree or shrub from the Torchwood family; native to arid parts of India.
DescriptionGuggul gum is extracted from the Indian mukul myrrh tree, and it is then processed. Guggul extract has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol with no side effects reported. It is also used for acne and is reported to be a thyroid stimulant.

Guggulu has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Powder3-5 capsules 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Guggulu

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cholesterol, highcholesterol loweringtablet, capsule
Metabolism, slowthyroid stimulantcapsules
Obesitythyroid stimulanttablet, capsule, tincture
Thyroid, hypothyroid stimulantcapsules or tablets with standardized extract


McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.