G.sylvestre leaves contain,Gymnemic acids which have antidiabetic, antisweetener and anti-inflammatory activities.
Gymnema is a plant used medicinally in India. Gymnema leaves, suppress glucose absorption and reduce the sensation of sweetness in foods - effects which may deliver important health benefits for individuals who want to reduce blood sugar levels or body weight.
Gymnema sylvestre leaves contain gymnemic acids, which are known to suppress transport of glucose from the intestine into the blood stream and a small protein, gurmar, that can interact with receptors on the tongue to decrease the sensation of sweetness in many foods.
Uses : The plant is acrid, anti-inflammatory, anodyne, liver tonic,emetic and diuretic. It is useful in hepatosplenomegaly, dypepsia, constipation, jaundice, halminthiasis, cardiopathy and amenorrhoea.
The fresh leaves when chewed have the remarkable property of paralysing the sense of taste for sweet and bitter substance for some time. It lowers blood sugar level and is good for the treatment both types of Diabetes. The herb is useful for stimulating the heart; it increases urine secretion.