Generic: Gymnema sylvestre
treats High cholesterol, Weight loss, and Diabetes
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Allergy, antimicrobial, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, cancer, cardiovascular disease, constipation, cough, dental caries, digestive stimulant, diuresis, gout, high blood pressure, laxative, liver disease, liver protection, malaria, metabolic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, snake venom antidote, stomach ailments, uterine stimulant, viral infection.
Adults (18 years and older)
200 milligrams of extract GS4 taken by mouth twice daily or 2 milliliters of an aqueous decoction (10 grams of shade- dried powdered leaves per 100 milliliters) three times daily have been studied.
The manufacturer PharmaTerra recommends the dose for their product Proβeta® (GS4) to be two 250 milligram capsules taken twice daily at mealtimes (for adults weighing more than 100 pounds) or one 250 milligram capsule taken twice daily at mealtimes (for adults weighing less than 100 pounds).
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is not enough scientific evidence to safely recommend gymnema for use in children.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Allergy to gymnema may occur. In theory, allergic cross- reactivity may exist with members of the Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) family.
Side Effects and Warnings
Aside from lowered blood sugar and increased effects of anti- diabetic drugs following chronic use of gymnema, no significant adverse effects were reported with the herb in multiple studies up to 20 months long. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes or low blood sugar and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Serum glucose levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, and medication adjustments may be necessary. Based on human and animal studies, gymnema may lower blood cholesterol levels.
Gymnema is reported to suppress the ability to detect sweet tastes due to the component gurmarin. This phenomenon prompted the Hindi name gurmar or "sugar destroyer."
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding