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Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar) Sugar Destroyer Vine -Uses & Benefits.

Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar) Sugar Destroyer Vine -Uses & Benefits.

Gymnema Sylvestre is also called 'Gurmar' in India which means 'Sugar Destroyer' is a woody Vine that has been widely used for long times in Indian Ayurveda for the treatment of diabetes and many other ailments. 

Gymnema Sylvestre is also known as Gurmur, Gurmar, Australian Cowplant, Chi Geng Teng, Periploca, and simply Gymnema. 

Gymnema Sylvestre is known by many other regional names in India such as"madhunashini", "chakkarakolli", "podapatri", "Ram's horn", Gurmarbooti, etc.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the availability of Gymnema Sylvestre, important features, biological description, biochemical components, and the evidence-based uses, and health benefits of the sugar destroyer vine.

1. Availability of Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre grows in the following countries:

🍀Western, Southern, and Centra India 

🍀Southern China-Specifically the Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian provinces 

🍀Africa-Tropica Region 


🍀 Malaysia


🍀 Srilanka 

🍀Arabian Peninsula 

🍀Some Other Asian Countries.

Gymnema Silvestre/ Gurmar (Sugar destroyer)
Gymnema Silvestre/ Gurmar. Image Credit-Wikipedia

Gymnema Sylvestre is widely used as healthy food in both developing and developed countries [like Japan, the USA, German, etc.] and is adequately available in those countries. The extract of G. Sylvestre plays a major role in blood glucose homeostasis through increased serum insulin levels and regeneration of the endocrine pancreas

2. Features of Gymnema Sylvestre

  • It is a woody vine
  • It has long and oval-shaped leaves. 
  • Leaves contain soft hairs on the upper surface
  • Leaves contain triterpenoid saponins  
  • Its leaves contain flavonols. 
  • Its leaves contain gurmarin.
  • Leaves and extracts of Gymnema contain gymnemic acids.
  • It can suppress the taste of sweetness within a minute.

3. How It Can Hide The Taste Of Sweetness and How Long Last?

👉Because of gymnemic acid, the major biologically active molecules of the plant present in the leaves and its extracts have the effect of suppressing sweetness from sugar, sugary food, and any other artificial sweeteners. 

👉The taste of sweetness on your tongue can be blocked or suppressed by Gymnema within a minute and it lasts for some hours.

👉Gymnemic acid and its derivatives can renew the islet cell mass for the possible cure of diabetes.

👉In addition to its main active compound mentioned in the previous paragraph (gymnemic acid, saponins, and oleanane type of triterpenoid ) several phytochemical constituents of Gymnema have been reported by many authors.

4. Constituents/ Components of Gymnema Sylvestre

Its constituents include raisins, a derivative of betaine, choline, and triethylamine. Besides, Gymnema includes the following:
  • gymnemic acids 
  • saponins, 
  • stigmasterol,
  • quercitol
  • amino acid 

5. Use of Gumar (Gymnema Sylvestre) in Ayurveda 

👉The use of plants as medicines is not new, rather it is as old as human civilization. However, the expanding interest in developing as well as developed countries has opened new horizons for the exploration of natural sources with the perspectives of the safety of human health and efficacy of the natural resources. 

👉Plants and nature-based products are part of the health care system since ancient human civilizations. The evolution of Ayurveda and natural remedies for health care is a part of the cultural heritage of India. 

👉Therefore, the need for new biochemical substances for health care is investigated and served through natural sources. 

👉We have satisfactory evidence of pharmacological and phytochemical studies to draw a straightforward conclusion about the efficacy of gymnemic acid for the treatment of diabetes and obesity.

👉Sylvestre has numerous benefits reported by several authors and is also known from many experiments that were carried out on it.

👉But, it is to be admitted that there is still inadequate literature related to other activities. Therefore, more studies and researches are needed.

6. Use of Gymnema Sylvestre as a home remedy

👉Herbal remedies, in India, are also used as household remedies for common ailments since time immemorial. Several thousands of natural medicines are derived from different traditional systems and folklore practices. 

👉It is known that about 80% of the population of developing countries relies on nature-based remedies for their primary health care purposes.

👉There is still an urgent need to examine the mechanism of action of  Gymnema Sylvestre to determine its role as alternative medicine and its effects on human health.

7. Use of Gymnema Sylvestre in Homeopathy

👉The principle of Homoeopathy has been recognized since the era of Hippocrates from Greece. Homeopathy, as it is exercised now, was evolved by the German physician, Dr. S. Hahnemann.

👉The basic principle of Homeopathy emphasizes treating diseases with remedies, which are competent in composing symptoms alike to the disease when used by healthy people.

👉Studies have shown that in homeopathy, several medicines obtained from the leaves and roots of are Gymnema Sylvestre prescribed for diabetes mellitus and other ailments.

👉According to a study, a medicine was proved in two potencies on 63 apparently healthy volunteers. Those volunteers were selected after conducting pre-trial medical examinations by the medical experts and routine laboratory examinations.

👉Different doses are applied in two different phases during investigations. This medicine seems to be useful in clinical conditions such as vertigo, headaches, common cold, and cough.

👉However, the studies on the effect of Gymnema Sylvestre as homeopathic medicine are not adequate. Therefore further studies are needed to investigate the use and efficacy of  Gymnema Sylvestre in homeopathy. 

8. Health benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre

It has multiple health benefits in addition to blood sugar. Our attempt in this content is to highlight some evidence-based benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre.

a) Antidiabetes Effects 

As Sylvestre reduces serum glucose concentration and develops glucose tolerance, it can be useful in certain cases of non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Gymnemic acids extracted from the leaves of gumer, which is the main active compound are also useful in curbing diabetes. 

The outcome of different case studies also shown the beneficial effects of it. 

In the oral treatment to heal Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus to use the 400 mg/kg of leaf extract,  a significant reduction of blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and plasma protein and an increase in serum insulin levels were observed.

In another study on patients with type 2 diabetes, Gymnema Sylvestre leaf extract at a dose of 400 mg/day was applied for a year as a supplement to the conventional oral medications, restored β-cells, and boosted insulin level in the serum of the patients.

b) Effects on Obesity/Overweight

👉Gymnema Sylvestre extracts have an effective and safe weight-loss formula by facilitating a reduction in excess body weight and body mass index. Therefore, it helps attempt a successful weight management program.

👉Obesity is the principal outcome of the accumulation of carbohydrates and fats. Obesity plays a major role in insulin resistance syndrome, which is also connected with hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, hyperlipidemia.

👉Obesity is the principal outcome of the accumulation of carbohydrates and fats. Obesity plays a major role in insulin resistance syndrome, which is also connected with hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, hyperlipidemia.

👉It is also associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus and an extended risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

👉Gymnemic acids can restrain the binding of carbohydrates to the receptors in the intestines and hence special care is taken of the empty calories so that our body does not go into the obese stage.

👉A randomized, placebo-controlled human study was conducted in India for a few weeks the outcome of which is highly satisfactory. 

👉Assessment of the impact of  Gymnema Sylvestre extract in the high fat diet-induced cellular obesity showed that it causes an important repeal of increased body mass index, organ weights, and instinctive fat pad weight. 

👉The saponin-rich portion of Gymnema Sylvestre is an aqueous leaf extract that holds anti-obese action as it significantly reduces the body weight, food consumption, physical organ weight.

c) Anticancer Effects

Ethanolic extract of Gymnema Sylvestre leaves has a significant anticancer effect on our cells. 
By performing several complicated functions it reduces the possibility of its palliative use in cancer patients.

d) Anti-inflammatory activity

The aqueous extract of  Gymnema Sylvestre leaves was investigated for the assessment of anti-inflammatory action in rats.
The extract at a dose of 200 mg/kg and 300 mg/kg exhibited a notable reduction in granuloma weight when corresponded to the control group.

e) Antioxidant Effects

The inhibitory effects of DPPH radicals and LDL oxidation were detected with aqueous extract of Gymnema Sylvestre

 Many Studies shows that the ethanol extract of the leaf of Gymnema Sylvestre was examined in vitro and in vivo to investigate the role end effects of antioxidants in diabetic rats. The extract exhibited strong antioxidant activity in the assays. 

f) Other Effects

Despite inadequate evidence, it is believed that Gymnema is used for the treatment of following diseases for many years specifically as home remedies.
  • Malaria
  • Cough and cold
  • Digestion
  • Snake-bite
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiopathy
  • Asthma constipation, 
  • Microbial infections

9) Gymnema Supplements

👉During the last decade, a variety of Gymnema supplements in different forms like capsules, powder, tea, etc, have arrived on the global market, the expanding demand for them is noticeable.

👉One of the best Gymnema supplements in tablet forms is manufactured and marketed by the Health care Giant Tiens for many years that got popularity in different countries including India and Bangladesh.
👉The company belongs to the direct selling industry and products are displayed on its Indian website with descriptions of efficacies and dosage that one can read from the link given below:

👉However, you need to be registered for free if you want to buy the product online with a sponsoring id [ you may use 88307164 as your sponsor id]. 

👉Select the option of  "sponsor as placement id" and fill-up the form carefully to ensure your address and bank information is correct. 

👉As soon as your registration is complete you will become the distributor (the term they used) and get your own id free. 

👉You have now qualified a handsome discount on every purchase plus a refund as a bonus in your bank account. 

👉You can place online order quoting your id called "distributor id". Read here more about tiens Gymnema tablets. 

"There is an exponential growth of diabetic patients worldwide year after year. 

Type II Diabetes has become a global epidemic. 

Tiens Gymnema Tablets contain active ingredients from the plant Gymnema Sylvestre with natural anti-diabetic ingredients- gymnemic acid, chromium picolinate, etc. 

The Latin name Gymnema Sylvestre means "sugar destroyer" and is considered an herbal aid to combat high blood sugar. It aids in managing blood sugar levels within the required range."-tiens


• Helps diabetes people in reducing sweet cravings.

• Promotes regeneration of beta cells.

• Increases insulin production by the pancreas.

• Lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

• Reduces intake of insulin or oral compounds on long term usage of these tablets.

•Prevents the development of diabetes-related health problems.

Recommended and suitable for

Type I and type II diabetic patients

• Those with a family history of diabetes

• Women with gestational diabetes history

• For persons whose weight is over 20% of the optimal body weight

• People with high blood pressure

• People with abnormal cholesterol levels

• Older people

• Alcohol users & smokers

• People prone to infections

Contents 120 tablets per bottle
Recommended intake
2 tablets each time twice daily, 1 ½ hrs before food. 


I am a distributor of Tiens. If anyone buys products of tiens referring to my id no 88307164, a commission will be generated as per the compensation plan of tiens. 


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10. Precautions 

Although there is no evidence of any side effects, however, pregnant lady and breast-feeding women should avoid Gymnema Sylvestre or extracts or any supplements of it.

11.Bottom Lines

Gurmar has a history of over 2000 years in Indian Ayurvedic medicines for their use in the treatment of diabetes and many other diseases. 

Despite there is enough evidence to conclude its effect on diabetes, still the development of mechanism and further studies and researches are needed to determine potential its uses, benefits on other related areas of human health, and if there is a side effect of Gymnema Sylvestre.


Content published on is intended to be used and must be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any decision based on your own personal circumstances. You should take independent medical advice from professional or independent research and verify any information that you find on our Website and wish to rely upon. Please also read our Disclaimer Policy, Terms & Conditions.


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