Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) is one of Ayurveda’s strongest purifying herbs, used for thousands of years to clear the sinuses, treat obesity, soothe inflamed joints, and relieve chronic skin disorders. Medical research today is validating many of the traditional uses of guggulu – including its anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties. Guggulu helps detoxify unhealthy tissues and is effective for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- High cholesterol
- Myofascial pain
- Nervous disorders
- Canker sores
Guggulu is a complex herb that contains four of the six tastes – bitter, pungent, astringent, and sweet. It is especially helpful for stabilizing Vata and Kapha imbalances without aggravating Pitta. However, anyone taking blood-thinning medications should not take guggulu because it reduces platelet stickiness.
The Chopra Center frequently prescribes guggulu for people who have accumulated toxins from major life stresses such as serious illness or a prolonged antibiotic treatment. In addition, guggulu’s purifying properties are extremely helpful for those who have recently stopped using recreational drugs or abusing alcohol.
As a mouthwash, guggulu is a helpful treatment for canker sores and gingivitis. Simply crush a tablet in one-half cup of warm water and use three times daily. You can also use this same mixture on superficial skin wounds to aide in healing.