Gymnema

Sugar Metabolism

Support for : Pitta • Kapha

Pronunciation: gym-nem’-uh


Use Gymnema to help remove accumulated sugars, a result of Pitta or Kapha imbalance. After taking Gymnema, many people report a decrease in cravings for sugar or sweet foods.
Suggested Use: 1 capsule twice a day with meals.
Pack size: 60 Vegetarian capsules.
Complementary/synergistic productsAshwagandha

Gymnema has been used safely and effectively in India for many centuries. We suggest this product not be used if you are pregnant or nursing, or are taking a diuretic. Keep away from children.


Price : $18.99

More Information

Ayurvedic Name: Meshashringi
Botanical Name: Gymnema sylvestre
Common/English Name: Periclopa of the woods
Part(s) Used: Leaves
Major Constituents: A variety of Gymnemic acids.
Other Ingredients: Capsule (plant-derived Cellulose), Gymnema leaf powder, Millet grain, Magnesium stearate.
This product is Gluten free. No artificial colors, preservatives or additives.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 60


Amount per serving


Gymnema** (Gymnema sylvestre) 200 mg*
(Leaf extract,standardized for 150 mg Gymnemic acids)


*Daily value not established


Other ingredients: Capsule (plant-derived Cellulose), Gymnema leaf powder,organic millet,Magnesium Stearate.
**Wildcrafted,Gluten Free

Lifestyle Suggestions

Individuals of dominant Kapha Doshas have slower metabolism and are often attracted to sweet foods. Pitta governs metabolic activities in the body, such as sugar metabolism. An exaggerated Pitta imbalance affects the body’s metabolism, including sugar metabolism. Kaphas sometimes need help to curb sugar cravings. Gymnema helps sugar metabolism to balance both of these body type imbalances. Kaphas should start a regimented exercise program and minimize oily, sweet, heavy foods.

Pitta dominant people should not just limit sugar intake when out of balance; but also keep an eye on Pitta aggravating foods (hence taxing an overworked metabolic system) such as oily, fried, spicy foods and alcohol.

Media (Audio)

Find out more about Gymnema. Click the player below for an audio program – an interview with Dr John Douillard D.O, Ayurvedic Practitioner, on the Deborah Ray Show. Click the right facing triangle to START the audio program. To skip to the next track click the right facing double triangles. To skip to previous track click the left facing double triangles.


    Partial List of Clinical Studies and articles: (Click on the name of the study to read more at “The National Library of Medicine”)


    Effects of a natural extract of (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA-SX) and a combination of HCA-SX plus niacin-bound chromium and Gymnema sylvestre extract on weight loss.
    Preuss HG, Bagchi D, Bagchi M, Rao CV, Dey DK, Satyanarayana S. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2004 May;6(3):171-80.

    Antihyperglycemic effects of gymnemic acid IV, a compound derived from Gymnema sylvestre leaves in streptozotocin-diabetic mice. Sugihara Y, Nojima H, Matsuda H, Murakami T, Yoshikawa M, Kimura I. J Asian Nat Prod Res. 2000;2(4):321-7.

    Gurmarin suppression of licking responses to sweetener-quinine mixtures in C57BL mice.Murata Y, Nakashima K, Yamada A, Shigemura N, Sasamoto K, Ninomiya Y. Chem Senses. 2003 Mar;28(3):237-43.

    Antisweet saponins from Gymnema sylvestre. Ye W, Liu X, Zhang Q, Che CT, Zhao S. J Nat Prod. 2001 Feb;64(2):232-5.

    Systematic review of herbs and dietary supplements for glycemic control in diabetes. Yeh GY, Eisenberg DM, Kaptchuk TJ, Phillips RS. Diabetes Care. 2003 Apr;26(4):1277-94.

    An overview on the advances of Gymnema sylvestre: chemistry, pharmacology and patents. Porchezhian E, Dobriyal RM. Pharmazie. 2003 Jan;58(1):5-12.

    Gymnema sylvestre stimulates insulin release in vitro by increased membrane permeability. Persaud SJ, Al-Majed H, Raman A, Jones PM. J Endocrinol. 1999 Nov;163(2):207-12.