Guggul is the gum resin from the tree Commiphora Mukul, a small thorny tree belonging to the same genus as myrrh and having similar components and actions. Guggul has been a key constituent in ancient Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine.
The resin has been used in Ayurvedic preparations for centuries to treat various ailments, including obesity, bone fractures, arthritis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and lipid disorders.
Modern research has confirmed these properties of Guggul. The anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory activity of the gum was demonstrated as early as 1960. Work on the hypo-cholesterolemic property soon followed and was confirmed in animal and human studies.
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The Guggul plant can be found from Northern Africa to Central Asia, but is a common native Northern India. It prefers arid and semi-arid climates and is tolerant of poor soil. It is a shrub or tree which usually has a height of 4m. The branches of the plant are thorny and have simple leaves.