an herb found in India and Africa.
uses It is used to reduce high blood glucose levels; it may have some efficacy.
contraindications There is insufficient reliable information on the safety of gymnema. It should not be used during pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity to this product.


An herbal remedy extract from the leaves of a vine, Gymnema sylvestre, native to tropical India, and promoted for its effect on high blood glucose levels.

gymnema (jim·nēˑ·m),

n Latin name:
Gymnema sylvestre; parts used: leaves, root; uses: in Ayurveda, pacifies kapha and pitta doshas (astringent, bitter, light, dry), antiviral, antioxidant, hepatoprotection, dysentery, diabetes mellitus, tooth decay, uterine tonic; precautions: patients with diabetes who take hypoglycemic medications. Also called gurmar, meshasringi, or
periploca of the wood.
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Yance lists the many other herbs that are helpful: bitter melon, cinnamon, fenugreek seed, goat's rue, gymnema leaf, Indian kino, and salacia.
1, 2017 in the journal Appetite, participants drank tea containing gymnema sylvestre, an herb known to diminish the taste buds' perception of sweetness.
Majeed also noted that many traditional and Ayurvedic herbs have a long history of use for managing blood sugar, including Fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), Pterocarpus marsupium, Gymnema sylvestre, Momordica charantia, common bean, kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), Salacia reticulate, and Amla/Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis).
Effect of Gymnema sylvestre, Citrullus colocynthis and Artemisia absinthium on blood glucose and lipid profile in diabetic human.
For the blind tests, the team provided participants with an herbal tea with low, medium or high concentrations of a naturally occurring herb, Gymnema Sylvestre, which is known to temporarily block sweet receptors.
Suppression or oral sweet taste sensation with Gymnema sylvestre affects postprandial gastrointestinal blood flow and gastric emptying in humans.
Other natural compounds like Gymnema sylvestre, Crataegus monogyna, Panax quinquefolium and Eugenia jambolana were demonstrated to have positive effects on glucose metabolism in small clinical trials (Kouzi et al.
This is in agreement with Ravichandran (2013), who reported that, gymnemic acids, the main phyto-constituents of Gymnema sylvestre possess potential natural pharmacological activities like suppression of taste sensitivity to sweetness, inhibition of intestinal glucose absorption and lowering the plasma glucose levels.
green tea, Gymnema sylvestre, mulberry leaf, rooibos tea, and stevia.
66] observed that elevated blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were significantly reduced and high-density lipoprotein levels were significantly increased by the administration of curcumin, Gymnema sylvestre, and fenugreek.