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Commiphora molmol - Mahisaksa

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Commiphora wightii

Guggul plant is a flowering plant in the family Burseraceae. The guggul plant may be found from northern Africa to central Asia but it is most common in northern India. It prefers arid and semi-arid climates and is tolerant of poor soil.

Uses

cold sores, canker sores, candida, fungal infections, cholesterol, oral inflammation, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats

Parts Used

Rubber sap, Resin.

Chemical Composition

These constituents include triterpenoids, flavonoids, lignans, phenols, steroids, alkaloids, and iridoids[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kanthagana, Guggala
Hindi Guggul
Malayalam Gulgulu, Guggulu
Tamil Mahisaksi Guggalu
Telugu Makishakshi guggulu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Pura, Mahisaksa
English Gum-gugul, Indian Bdellium


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)

Veerya

Ushna (Heating)

Vipaka

Katu (Pungent)

Karma

Balya, Rasayana, Varnya, Vatabalasajit, Bhagnasandhanakrt, Medohara

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Trifoliate Chartaceous, greyish green or glaucous

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 3-4 mm long Yellow 5-10 Male flowers usually precocious, 2-4 in dichasial

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
ovoid 2-4 mm long Fruits 1-2 on jointed stalks Seed smooth with gentle swellings {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

The soil around existing plants is cultivated (by hand using a hoe, or by machine using a cultivator) to destroy weeds and promote growth by increasing soil aeration and water infiltration.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Eastern Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, desert regions.

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