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Guggul & Shilajit
 

Gugguls come from the resin of the Commiphora mukul tree that grows in northwest India. Gugguls penetrate deep into the tissues and help to mobilize lipids and excess fluids and that unique but unwanted substance referred to in Ayurveda as ama, a kind of congesting phlegm-like metabolic residual. Gugguls are also anti-inflammatory. Gugguls are mixed with other herbs in traditional blends with the same names regardless of whether or not the formulas are exactly the same.

Shilajit is a little harder to explain, and it is almost a panacea in some circles. There are entire books on fulvic acid. Shilajit is created by run off in the Himalayas that deposits organic material into the crevices and fissures of stones. These are placed in the sun so that the resinous substance comes to the surface and melts. It is sometimes called bituminous pitch or asphaltum. It is dark red to brown to almost black in color and very bitter and is said to enhance the efficacy of any other formula taken.

Sanskrit texts refer to shilajit as the "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness." Shilajit has a high mineral content; so prized was the herb in ancient times that no major disease was believed to be curable without this asphaltum. Despite the very ancient history of use of shilajit, very little is really understood about its exact origin, even whether it is a plant material or mineral. Most likely, its resinous nature is due to the presence of mosses that have contributed to the formation of shilajit.


Gokshuradi Guggulu

Gokshuradi Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg.

Gokshuradi Guggulu promotes proper functioning of the genitourinary tract. It reduces the factors that lead to kidney stones and prostate enlargement. It detoxifies the urinary tract and strengthens the bladder and kidneys. It is balancing to all three doshas: it aids kidneys that are damaged by vata derangements; reduces pitta inflammations; and addresses swellings due to excess kapha.

Ingredients: Gokshura root, Tribulus terrestris; Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Musta root, Cyperus rotundus; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Guggul Extract, 2 oz.

Guggul is very similar to myrrh and is widely used in Ayurveda to increase metabolism. Being thermogenic, it is slightly deranging to pitta but very useful for kapha disorders, including obesity and congestion. It is also used to regulate the thyroid and is considered beneficial for vata types unless the patient is suffering from spasms or hiccups. It should not be used during pregnancy. Guggul reduces stickiness and is therefore considered preventative for people at risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Ingredients: 1:1 extract of Commiphora mukul resin in Organic Alcohol and Distilled Water.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Guggulu, ethically wildcrafted, 100 vegicaps

Guggulu is very often used to remove congestion from the system. It clears the sinus passages and acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain while simultaneously purifying the blood. It works well for both vata and kapha disorders without aggravating pitta.

Ingredients: ethically wildcrafted Commiphora mukul resin in vegetarian capsules.

Vadik Herbs, $



Kaishore Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg

Kaishore Guggulu is a pitta reducing formula. It supports removal of toxins and relief of inflammation, especially in the joints and muscles. In Ayurveda, this formula is used for pitta conditions where there is sharp pain, such as with arthritis and bursitis. It is cooling and can be used in conditions in which there is redness and irritation.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Guduchi herb, Tinospora cordifolia; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum; Danti root, Baliospermum montanum; Nishoth root, Operculina turpethum; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Kanchanar Guggulu:  Ayurvedic Herbal Formula for Digestion and Lymph Support

Kanchanar Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg.

Kanchanar Guggulu is a formula for breaking down excess kapha. It supports decongestion of the lymphatic system and proper functioning of the digestive system. People with hardened nodes and swelling can try this exotic formula. To avoid redundancy, please note that it contains the guggulu resin as well as the same herbs found in triphala and trikatu.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Kanchanar herb, Bauhinia variegata; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum; Varuna bark, Crataeva nurvalasa; Cardamom seed, Elettaria cardamomum; Cinnamon herb, Cinnamomum cassia; Bay leaf, Cinnamomum tamala.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Punarnavadi Guggulu

Punarnavadi Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg.

Punarnavadi Guggulu reduces kapha: swelling and accumulations that tend to cause stones and joint pain. It supports elimination of excess fluids that can be attended by weight gain and sometimes inflammation. It is specific for conditions that are worse in the morning but improve with movement. It aids proper circulation and secretion of excess fluids.

Ingredients: Punarnava root, Boerhaavia diffusa; Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Eranda root, Ricinus communis; Nishoth root, Operculina turpethum; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Guduchi herb, Tinospora cordifolia; Danti root, Baliospermum montanum; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula; Pippali fruit, Piper longum; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum; Chitrak root, Plumbago zeylanica; Bhallataka herb, Semecarpus anacardium; rock salt.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Simhanad Guggulu

Simhanad Guggulu, 90 tablets

Traditional Ayurveda formula for kapha imbalances. This formula supports ease of movement by aiding in the removal of toxins from the joints

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula; Gandhak, Castor oil, Ricinus communis; reduced iron.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Triphala Guggulu Powder, half pound

Triphala Guggulu is a blend of the famous resin from the Mukul myrrh tree with the three fruits in the triphala formula plus long pepper for assimilation. It is used to promote deep tissue cleansing and proper metabolism, especially of cholesterol-forming foods. It gently cleanses both arteries and the intestines and helps to maintain proper weight.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin (Commiphora mukul), Amalaki fruit (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica), Haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula), Pippali fruit (Piper longum).

Banyan Botanicals, $



Triphala Guggulu Tablets for Excess Kapha

Triphala Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg.

Triphala Guggulu combines two of Ayurveda"s most popular remedies: triphala and guggul. It is used to maintain proper cholesterol and weight levels. Some of the indications for use might include any kapha accumulations, from ama and ear wax to gall stones and obesity. It does this by gently and gradually removing toxins. Its use should be limited during pregnancy or if there is diarrhea.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula, Pippali fruit, Piper longum.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu, 90 tablets

Yogaraj Guggulu is a traditional formula for reducing vata. It is often used to ease problems involving the muscles and joints, especially where there are spasms, tremors, dryness, and sensitivity to cold. This formula aids removal of toxins from the neuromuscular system and joints.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Musta, Cyperus rotundus; Chitrak, Plumbago zeylanica; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula; Pippali fruit and root, Piper longum; Ajowan, Carum copticum; Vidanga herb, Embelia ribes; Gokshura root, Tribulus terrestris; Black Cumin seed, Nigella sativa; Ajamoda, Trachysspermum ammi; Cumin seed, Cuminum cyminum; Deodara herb, Cedrus deodara; Chavya, Piper cubeba; Cardamom seed, Elettaria cardamomum; Rasna herb, Pluchea lanceolata; rock salt, Coriander Seed, Coriandrum sativam; Ginger root, Zingiber officinale; Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum; Cinnamon bark, Cinnamomum zeylanica; Ushira, Vetiveria zizanoides; Yavakshar, Hordeum Vulgare; Talispatra leaf, Abbies webbiana; Tejpatra, Cinnamomum tamala.

Banyan Botanicals, $


 

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