Gum guggul - Commiphora mukul (in the Burseraceae family)
Parts used: Resin.
Taste/smell: Resinous, sticky.
Dosage: 1:3 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.
Use: (a) Hypolipidemic, (b) Lowers cholesterol, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Antifungal, (f) Carminative, (g) Expectorant, (h) Thyroid gland stimulant.
Gum guggul is for pharyngitis, all mucous membrane irritations and is a gargle for sore mouths and gums. Topically, it is used as a wash for sores and wounds.
Contraindications: All resinous liquid extracts of herbs, like gum guggul, will precipitate in water and stick to the container or glass. It is contraindicated in hyperthyroidism due to thyroid stimulation and in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effects.