Botanical Name: Gymnema sylvestre
- English: Australian Cow Plant, Ipecacuanha Indian, Periploca of the wood
- Ayurvedic: Meshashringi, Meshavishaanikaa, Meshavalli, Chhaagalshrngi. Ajashringi, Dolichandrone falcata, Pergularia extensa
- Unani: Gurmaar Buuti
- Also, known as: Kannu Minnayamkodi, Passaam, Shirukurinja, Madhunasini, Medhasingi, Kaavalee, Medhasinge, Gudmaar, Medhaa Singee, Kadhasige, Cakkarakkolli, Madhunaashini, Kaavalee, Medhaashingi, Shirukurum Kaay, Shakkaraikkolli, Podapatro, Mesasrangi
Habitat: Central and Peninsular India & China
Parts Used: Leaves
Gymnema sylvestre is a climber plant. It has a dark medium size simple leaves with soft hair on the surface. Leaves are oval shaped approximately 2 to 6 cm long and 1 to 3 cm broad. The leaves are elongate oval shaped. It has small yellow umbelliferous inflorescence which is produced throughout the year. The odor of the plant is very unpleasant and taste wise it is bitter. Gymnema is being used in Asia over thousands of years. The plant contains large number of chemical which are very useful for various purposes in medicine industry.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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