Tamil Name - சிறுகுறிஞ்சான்
Gymnema sylvestre is an herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. Common names include Gymnema, Cowplant, Australian Cowplant, and Periploca of the woods.
Despite the part used being the leaf, one common name of this species is Miracle Fruit, a name shared by two other species: Synsepalum dulcificum and Thaumatococcus daniellii.
Siddha Medicinal Uses :
Dried leaf powder of this plant can be given in the dose of 2 to 4 gram daily 2 to 3 times a day for 5 to 6 months to treat Diabetes Mellitus. It is said that long administration of this medicine can even eliminate Sugar present in Urine. High doses of this medicine may help to regenerate Beta cells of Pancreas study and research says.
Administration of 5 to 7 grams of dried leaf powder along with milk can be given for Diabetes Mellitus, Sexual disfunction and Pyurea.
Leaf can also be administered as decoction twice for 3 to 4 weeks for Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity, Hypercholestrolemia etc.Powder of dried leaves can also be given to treat these ailments.
Leaf powder can be duusted or applied as a paste on the wounds due to snake bite. Infusion of dried leaves should be given internally.
Seed powder helps to cure Cough, Rhinitis and Asthma.
Leaves also cures Gastrointestinal dissorders like Constipation and Gas trouble when given as powder or infusion.