Commiphora mukul, Guggulipid
Part of the plant used: resin
Guggul is extracted from the yellowish resin of a small tree called Commiphora mukul that grows in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Guggulipid is thought to be the active component extracted from guggul. The product has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties, in particular in Ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally, Indians have used the dried guggul resin.
Used doses: Guggulsterone extract - 25 to 50 mg three times a day
Used doses: Guggulsterone extract - 25 mg twice a day
There is insufficient reliable information to conclude that guggul is effective in any other indication.
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Medicinal plant contents vary naturally from plant to plant - just as fruits from the same package may vary in taste and texture. There is no standard to measure the active content of each plant. Thus, efficacy of natural products should be expected to vary from brand to brand as well as from bottle to bottle of the same brand.
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