Herbal Remedies of Commiphora Mukul in Ayurvedic Medicine
Guggul occupies prominent place in the therapeutic toolbox of Ayurvedic doctors. It is one of the most commonly used ayurvedic herb. We don’t use it in ayurvedic medicine alone.
It is purified and later mixed with other herbs. In such formulations, there is 50% of this gum and 50% of all the other herbs. These formulations have the ending of their names after this plant. This is to indicate that this formulations is based principally on this plant as its main constituent.
There are several hundreds of such formulations in Ayurvedic texts. About eighteen are in common use. We will get their brief introduction.
1) Amritadi Guggul
Tinospora cordifolia or Guduchi Or Giloya and guggulipid are the chief constituent. It is used for Gout, Skin disorders, Wounds, fistula, sinus.
2) Abha Gug
This formulation promotes the union of bone fractures. Pain resulting from injuries respond to this formulation as well.
3) Ekvinshati Gug
Skin disorders result from vitiation of blood. It is a common guideline for skin disorders in Ayurvedic medicine. This formulation with 21 herbs is useful in skin allergies – particularly with dry, scaly and blackish discoloration.
4) Kanchanar Gug
The formulation is greatly useful in glandular swellings, goitre, lymphadenopathy or lymph glands enlargement, chronic adenoid enlargement, chronic sorethroat.
5) Kaishora Gug
It is beneficial in Gout, skin allergies, acne, boils, wounds, chronic sorethroat, chronic bronchitis or cough, diabetic furuncles. Vata and Blood based diseases respond well to this.
6) Gokshuradi Gug
Gokshuradi gug. supports well in Uro-genital disorders. Dysuria or painful urination, Chronic urinary tract infection, renal stones or calculary are benefited by this preparation. (Sharangadhara Samhita)
7) Trayodasanga Gug
Trayodasanga gug. is useful in Vata diseases. Neuralgia or nerve pain, paralytic disorders or muscle weakness, sciatica, backache, joints pain are well supported. We use it in Osteoarthritis and Spondylosis. (Bhava Prakasha)
8) Triphala Gug
This botanical preparation with triple myrobalans and guggul benefits in piles or hemorrhoids, fissure and chronic constipation. It combines the rejuvenative and detox properties of Triphala (triple myrobalan fruits) with guggul gum. (Sharangadhara Samhita)
Some vaidyas prepare it by adding purified sulphur to the above formulation. Thereafter its utility further increases in the above mentioned diseases. (Ayurveda Sara Samgraha)
9) Panchatiktaghrita Gug
This formulation with an array of bitter herbs in it helps skin disorders, gout and chronic infections. Mild slow poisoning, skin allergies, skin infections, sinus, tumors, piles, chronic sinusitis, chronic cough, abscess, wounds, itching respond well to this formulation. (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
10) Punaranavadi Gug
This gug. formulation is useful in Gout and Rheumatoid arthritis esp. when there is swelling. It supports edema and Ascites as an adjuvant. One of my patients was given this formulation and his serum creatinine level (Indicator of Kidney function) that was earlier 2.2 mg came down to 0.8 within two months. (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
11) Panchamrit Loha Gug
This is an herbo-mineral preparation that should not be used presently outside Indian Subcontinent. Besides herbs, it contain purified mercury, purified sulphur, silver, mica, suvarnamakshika and Iron. The last four ingredients are in bhasma or ash form. These are processed in specific manner following the rigorous ayurvedic method.
Many of such preparations has passed successfully clinical trials for drug toxicity. Yet more research work and wider acceptance is under way. And one should avoid such preparation if one’s country is not accepting such formulations.
It is greatly useful in sciatica pain, frozen shoulder, backache, knee joint pain. Nervous weakness and resulting headache, insomnia, indigestion and flatulence are relieved by this. (Bhaisajya Ratnavali, Sidha Yoga Sangraha)
12) Mahayogaraja Gug
This is one of the most reputed formulation based on Guggul in India. It is a great combination of 25 herbs and 7 mineral ashes.
It is used for Vata or degenerative disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Paralytic disorders, Osteoarthritis, Seminal and menstrual diseases. It strengthens the nerves.
Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation, neuralgia or nerve pains are relieved by this. Epilepsy, hysteria, chronic headache are also relieved. It is never given alone. Herbal decoctions or powders or oils or other preparations are given along with it that support well this formulation and the particular disorder. (Sharangadhara Samhita)
13) Yogaraja Gug
This is another most commonly used herbs only based preparation of guggul. It does not have any minerals or metals! It does not vitiate Pitta like some guggul preparations.
This is a good herbal detox and is a strengthening agent for nerves. This nervine tonic can safely be used for long time. It supports multiple system of body. It is used in flatulence or gas trouble that does not respond to normal herbal preparations.
14) Rasnadi Gug
This herbal forumlation is useful for arthritis and joints disorders. It supports well sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and other Vata disorders. (Yoga Ratnakara)
15) Lakshadi Gug
Lakshadi gug. is helpful in promoting the union of bone fracture when proper surgical or orthopedic care had been taken care of. It can be used in pains after injury in bones or muscles.
16) Saptavinshati Gug
This herbal supplement is good for fissures, fistula, sinus, sores. It relieves chronic condition in a better way that acute conditions. Wounds that are chronic and with discharge also respond. (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
17) Sinhanada Gug
Herbs and castor oil based preparation is useful especially for Rhematoid arthritis in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also used in gout, osteoarthritis, flatulence. Conditions when there is swelling with joints pain do respond well to this combination of botanicals. (Ayurveda Sara Sangraha)
18) Haritakiyadi Gug
Terminalia chebula, dried Ginger and Vidhara based herbal formulation is good for excess Vata in gastrointestinal tract or simply flatulence and chronic constipation. It is useful in Vata that is associated with vitiated mucus.
Special Notes & Precautions
These herbal preparations are considered ayurvedic medicine in India. Usually patients take them after being prescribed by a qualified ayurvedic doctor.
Avoid using them just after reading this informational content. All the above preparations are based on herbs (except Panchamrita Loha Gug. and Mahayogaraja gug.). These two exceptions are described here because they are in great use among ayurveda vaidyas.
These preparations are not taken alone. They are supported by other ayurvedic formulations that either potentiate these formulations or support them as adjuvants.
Getting the right formulation is the scope of qualified ayurvedist. So You are welcome to contact us for consultation or for informational query.