Guggulu tree or mukul myrrh tree is botanically known as Commiphora mukul. The tree is widely found in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Guggulu or resin is obtained from the sap of the guggulu tree.
The amazing benefits of guggulu are enlisted as under:
- Purifies blood
- Detoxifies and rejuvenates
- Maintains good cholesterol
- Good source of antioxidants
- Strengthen the immune system
- Regulates menstrual cycle
Owing to its gentle penetrating qualities, guggulu is termed as yogavashi which implies that guggulu is often employed as a carrier of many potent substances into the deeper region of the body.
In Ayurveda it is believed that guggulu calms the pitta and kapha. It has a strong affinity towards the digestive, nervous, circulatory and respiratory tissues.
Guggulu has potent detoxifying properties and eliminates toxins from body tissues and rejuvenates them at the same times.
Joint Pain and Guggulu
According to Ayurvedic reasoning, joint pains are primarily due to the deposition of ama or toxic residues in the underlying joint tissues. Guggulu with its detoxifying and scrapping properties is capable of removing these toxins. It strengthens, rejuvenates and lubricates the joint around the tissues.
Arthritis is a very troubling and distressing condition of joints. It implies the inflammation of joint and comprises of around 200 rheumatic painful conditions affecting the tissue around the joint and other connective tissues.
Guggulu comes as a blessing in disguise for all the arthritic patients. In Ayurvedic form of treatment, it is believed to the effective potent and natural remedy for arthritis since centuries.
We are well versed with the fact that arthritis makes life difficult and very much dependent on others. It hampers your quality of life as you have to battle with pain and discomfort every single day.
Arthritis is the depriving disease of the musculo-skeletal system. The ailment is associated with pain, tenderness, inflammation, swelling and stiffness around the joint.
The most pathetic joint afflictions across the globe are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis.
Ayurveda and Arthritis
According to the ayurvedic concept osteo-arthritis is known as Sandhigat vaata and rheumatoid arthritis is called the Aama Vatta. The pain around the joint is due to the deposition of toxins resulting from the imbalance of three doshas
The weakness of agni or gastric fire causes improper digestion of food which in turns gets mixed with the vitiated humors Vatta, Kapha and Pita. This is the root cause of pain and inflammation around the joint and development of arthritis.
Guggulu is known to be blessed with amazing gummy resin-like natural substance that has been extensively used for alleviating pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
Guggulu contains guggulsterone and gugulipd-two powerful and efficient antioxidants that boosts and stimulate your body’s defense system. These antioxidants enable guggulu in reducing arthritic pain and inflammation miraculously.
The exudate of guggulu is collected by inflicting an incision on the bark of Commiphora tree usually in the winter season. The collected exudate is fragrant and thick. It can be red, brown, black or yellow in colour.
Guggulu is also referred as Indian Bedellium. According to ayurveda experts, good quality guggulu is soft, yellowish in colour and slimy in nature. It is undoubtedly a boon for curing arthritis-
Guggulu removes increased doshas namely the kapha and vata doshas (phlegm and air humors). They are the main cause of arthritis and associated joint pain and swelling.
In this way guggulu is beneficial in treating the diseases arising from the imbalance of air or vata like paralysis, sciatica and arthritis.
Word of Caution
Here are mentioned few conditions when guggulu should not be consumed:
- Expecting and Lactating mothers
- During heavy periods
- Acute kidney infection
- Any known allergies to Clomiphora mukul
Consult your doctor before taking guggul with lipid-reducing agents, anti-platelets, anticoagulants,estrogens or hypo-glycaemic agents.