En Español (Spanish Version) Commiphora mukul
Principal Proposed Uses
Other Proposed Uses
Guggul, the sticky gum resin from the mukul myrrh tree, plays a major role in Ayurveda, the traditional herbal medicine of India. It was traditionally combined with other herbs for the treatment of arthritis, skin diseases, pains in the nervous system, obesity, digestive problems, infections in the mouth, and menstrual problems.
Other potential uses of guggul have no more than minimal supporting evidence. One small study hints that guggul might be helpful for acne.6 In addition, a study in mice found potential anti-diabeticeffects.7
Recently, guggul has been promoted as a weight-loss agent. Supposedly, it works by enhancing thyroid function. However, there is little evidence that guggul actually affects the thyroid, and one small double-blind, placebo-controlledtrial failed to find it effective for weight loss.8
Last reviewedAugust 2013by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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