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Guggul Gum

  • Commiphora mukul
  • Origin: India
Guggul Gum

Common Name

Standardized: guggul
Other: bdellium tree, false myrrh, Indian bdellium tree, guggulu

Botanical Name

Commiphora mukul (Hook. ex Stocks) Engl.
Plant Family: Burseraceae



Guggul, the Commiphora mukul, is a small thorny tree that is native to the Middle East and the Indian plains. Generally leafless, the tree exudes a thick, sticky resin that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Guggul, whose Sanskrit name means "one that protects against diseases", has written historical information about it going back to 1000 B.C.E. It was used at that time for "clearing the coating and obstruction of channels". The gum exuded by the guggul tree is similar to myrrh, and has been used traditionally in the same ways as myrrh. The Guggul Gum offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is raw, and may need further processing for some applications.


guggulipids, guggulsterones, Myrrhanol A

Parts Used

gum resin (please note- Mountain Rose Herbs offers only the whole resin which is unprocessed)

Typical Preparations

Encapsulated, in liquid extract form and seldom in tea.


Guggul gum is rated GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA, however those who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or liver conditions should avoid using guggul gum. Recent studies suggest that guggul gum should be used cautiously by those taking other prescription drugs, particularly statins used to lower cholesterol, and should not be taken with St. John's wort or acetaminophen.

Not to be used while pregnant.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.