Gymnema sylvestre

Gymnema - Gymnema sylvestre (in the Asclepiadaceae or Milkweed family)

Parts used: Aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Sweetish taste.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:3.5 dry strength liquid extract: 5-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Hypoglycemic, (b) Hypolipidemic, (c) Antiatherosclerotic.

Gymnema is primarily used for diabetes. It is believed to act directly on the pancreas but research is not conclusive.

Contraindications: Do not use in cases of hypoglycemia. Bood sugar must be monitored for rapid drops after taking this herb. Often the oran hypoglycemic or insulin dosages need to be decreased when Gymnema is used. Gymnema will desensitize the taste buds to sweet and bitter tasting foods for 3 hours. This effect can be avoided by taking the herb in capsule form.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.