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From California, USA:

I am interested in information on the herb gymnema sylvestris as regards its use for diabetics. It is supposed to be a sugar blocker used in India. Any possibility it will help?


Extracts from the leaves of both Gymnema Sylvestris and Gymnema Indorum have been shown to reduce absorption of glucose in both laboratory animals and man and they have been widely used for this purpose in Japan, India and Southeast Asia, parts of the world where Western pharmaceuticals are economically out of reach for many. They would not normally be recommended in North America for the treatment of diabetes. At the same time they do no harm and for some individuals they may afford a reassuring feeling that they are contributing to their care outside of the medical profession.


Original posting 31 Aug 1998
Posted to Alternative Therapies and Explanations


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