Gudmar Leaf (Gymnema Sylvestre)

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Gymnema Sylvestre or Gudmar is also used in Unani and Homeopathic system of medicine for the treatment of diabetes. It is also used in the treatment of many other diseases such as urinary complaints, obesity as well as alter lipid and glucose metabolism, cough, difficult breathing, ulcers pain in eye, snakebite, stomach ache, etc.
For the medicinal purpose mainly the leaf of Gudmar plant is used. The chewing of fresh leaves have the remarkable property of paralysing taste buds temporarily for sweet taste for some time. This effect is probably due to direct interaction of the active ingredients present in leaves (some oleanane type triterpene glycosides, called saponins) with the taste buds.