2 Reasons to Try Guggul—the “Ama Bulldozer”
Guggul (pronounced just like Google) is an Ayurvedic remedy that has been used in India for thousands of years to rejuvenate and cleanse the lymph system.
“Guggul is another of my secret weapons alongside triphala,” writes integrative neurologist and Ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., in her book The Prime. “It is the most powerful detoxifier I know.”
All About Guggul
Guggul comes from the sap of the Indian bdellium tree (also known as Mukul myrrh tree). Harvesters tap the tree—much like you would a maple tree to get sap for maple syrup. A thin slice is made in the bark, just enough to create a slow flow of sap, which then dries on the tree. Once crystallized, the sap is ready for harvesting and refining. Guggul is bitter and astringent, which makes it great at breaking up excess Kapha in the body and purifying the liver. But watch out, those of you with lots of heat in the body! Pitta-predominant types may find that guggul can increase their Pitta and push it out of balance.
Here are two reasons to give guggul a go—and some tips on how to use it.
1. It’s Good for Your Liver & Promotes Healthy Cholesterol Levels*
(*already within a normal range)
Your liver works hard to purify toxins, or ama, from the body, and guggul helps it do its job better. Dr. Chaudhary calls guggul the “ama bulldozer” in The Prime. She goes on to say: “Guggul boosts the detoxification power of the liver by increasing the quantity of cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver and by upregulating the secretion of bile salts that specifically help remove fat from the liver. This is the mechanism behind the ancient claim that guggul supports healthy cholesterol levels [already within a normal range] and promotes healthy weight balance and cardiovascular health.”
2. It Promotes Healthy Weight Balance and Curbs Cravings
From the perspective of Ayurveda, guggul is said to “scrape” ama out of the organs and make the liver more efficient at removing toxins—both of which can aid in healthy weight balance.
This mighty resin also helps to quell unhealthy cravings naturally. “I used to love peanut butter chocolate ice cream, but after guggul, a couple of bites made me feel sick,” writes Dr. Chaudhary in The Prime. “It became so obvious to me what did not agree with my body… When your dopamine begins to normalize, you feel that food no longer has control over you. You aren’t losing anything. The food is losing its control.”
How to Use Guggul
Because Organic Guggul is such a powerful supplement, Dr. Chaudhary recommends using it in stage three of her cleanse in The Prime. “When your body is ready for it, it can do incredible things,” she writes.
Alternatively, you can talk to your Ayurvedic practitioner about how best to incorporate guggul into your diet and lifestyle. Wherever in the world you are, you can easily book an online consultation with one of our Maharishi Ayurveda experts.
Note: people on blood pressure medication should use guggul with caution and under the supervision of a physician.
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