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Scientific name of Gymnema: gymnema sylvestre
Name of Gymnema in different languages:
English: Gurmar, Cowplant
Sanskrit: Madhu nashini
Hindi: Meshasringa (मेषशृंग), Bedki cha pala (बेडकीचा पाला)
Malayalam: Chakkarakolli ചക്കരക്കൊല്ലി
Gurmar or Miracle fruit (gymnema sylvestre ) is a slow growing large climber. Leaves are elliptic, taper tipped, top smooth and velvety bottom. Flowers are pale yellow in colour and small, found in axillary and long umbel like cymes, ovate, obtuse and bell shaped. Seeds are containing in a pod, when mature pod explode and long haired seeds fly in the air.
Useful plant parts: leaf, whole plant
Medicinal uses: Diabetes, stomach ailments, water retention, constipation and liver disease
Chemical content: Gymnemic acids, alkaloids, acidic glycosides, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Olianic acid.
How to prepare medicines: if we chew plant leaves for the period of two hours we will not get the sugar taste in our tongue.