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Gymnema sylvestre
2oz Organic leaf; Item #120
Reduces food cravings, especially for sugar. This Ayurvedic herb supports proper function of the pancreas to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and insulin.
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Ayurveda Lifestyle Gymnema sylvestre
Certified Organic Gymnema leaf powder Also known as gurmar and shardunika.

Supports healthy blood glucose levels and proper function of the pancreas*

  • Maintains healthy blood glucose levels already within the normal range*
  • Promotes the healthy production of insulin*
  • Supports normal glucose tolerance*
  • Regulates the appetite and cravings for sweet food*


Gymnema is renowned for its use in promoting healthy blood glucose levels and supporting the proper function of the pancreas. A little Gymnema on the tongue has the power to dull the taste buds to the sense of sweet, thus it is known as the 'killer of sweet'. It promotes the healthy production of insulin and supports the body's natural metabolic process. Gymnema also promotes healthy management of the appetite and sugar cravings.*


1/8 - 1/4 tsp in warm water twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
This product contains loose leaf for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.


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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.

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Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.


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The 6 Tastes

Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.

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Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.




Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.


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The Three Doshas / Body Types

Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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Pitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingVata aggravating


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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Appetite suppressant


Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain



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I may have Diabetes but currently do not monitor my blood sugar. I am managing by losing weight , exercising and choosing foods mindfully. If I start gymnema sylvestre, will I have to buy a glucometer? Is there a chance that I can eventually be off of this as it helps in Beta cell regeneration?

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