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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Madhunashini - A Natural Cure for Diabetes


Madhunashini or Gudmar (Gymnema sylvestre) is a medicinal creeper found at the southern parts on India. This creeper is used to in the treatments of diabetes. For more information about the creeper, see:
The first time I heard about this plant was when my grandmother was unwell. We were looking for the Madhunashini leaves to help her combat diabetes. Medicines weren't working, and doctors couldn't treat her for other medical complications. We were desperately looking for the Madhunashini leaves. After a few days, my uncle procured the leaves from a farm. The leaves helped her - reduced the sugar levels.

That's the time when I decided to grow the creeper at home. I looked around many nurseries and asked people who had farms; but couldn't find the creeper. Once during the Lalbagh Flower Show, there was a stall that sold herbs. I thrilled to find the Madhunashini creeper at this stall. The creeper has been with me every since. 
Madhunashini Creeper - Pic 1
I have used a 6" container (earthen) to grow this creeper. Initially, the growth was slow. I fed some manure, and did the creeper grow! It has climbed a wooden pole, and is trying to cover the wire that we use to hang clothes. Almost every weekend, I pluck a few leaves; helps the creeper grow better. Oh, remember that mites love this creeper! 

I ensure that I share the leaves with family whenever there is a need. I also gifted this creeper to my mother. Trust me when I say that two leaves every morning helps in combating diabetes. Of course, please consult a doctor before you start consuming the leaves.
Madhunashini Creeper - Pic 2
For more information about the creeper's medicinal value, see:
Regards,
Asha

35 comments:

  1. The leaves look green and nice also. It's good that you take notice of this plant and grow one at home. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Steph, this creeper is easy to maintain and non-fussy, which I like! :)

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  3. Where did you get your hands on the seeds? I live in Australia and was in Bali recently and got some dried leaves there which have rally helped my diabetes, apparrently it's illegal here or can't get it into the country? Really want some as it has helped a lot!

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  4. Hi Edi,

    I bought a tiny plant, and let it grow. Wish I could get seeds bcos I have a lot of people asking for it. Though my creeper flowered, I wasn't able to collect seeds.

    You can procure the herbal medicine from http://www.babaramdevmedicines.com/divya-products/divya-madhunashini-vati.htm.

    Hope this info helps.

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  5. I live in Delhi, where I can find Madhunashini creeper. Please suggest...

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  6. Hi Yash, this Web site lists the nurseries at Delhi: http://www.flowersofindia.in/misc/nurseries.html#Delhi. Please contact them to find out if they sell Madhunashini creeper. Hope this info helps.

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  8. how do you use the leaves, Directly? Or you have to dry and make it as a powder?

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  9. I happen to eat a leaf (per day or week) directly. However, you can dry the leaves, and then powder them. Ensure that you take only a pinch (or lesser than a pinch) of this powder per day or week. You can also put the fresh leaves in a zip pouch, and keep it in the fridge. Hope this info helps.

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  10. Hi Asha,

    Thanks for sharing this information.
    We actually visited lal Bah yesterday but the plant was not availble there.
    Can you please suggest where else can we find it. It is a bit urgent.
    I live in Jayanagar .. Will there be any place close by

    Thanks
    Bharath

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    1. There is an horticulture show in GKVK in Hebbal from Nov 7 to Nov 11. Please try to visit and buy some plants.

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  11. Hi Bharath, Thanks for stopping by. Please can you try Indus Herbs -http://www.indusherbs.com/contactus.shtml? They can deliver the plants home for you.

    If you need medicine made from Madhunashini, please contact any Ramdev Baba's clinics or stores. You can also take an appointment to meet their doctor.

    http://www.myyog.com/products/details/120/20/ayurvedic-medicines/vati-/-tablets/divya-madhunashini-vati.html

    If you unable to procure the plant, I can give you some leaves; please write to asha.raam@yahoo.com.

    Regards,
    Asha

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  12. There is on more nursery behind CRPF campus on Doddaballapur road, forgot the nursery name, they have all the medicinal plants.

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    1. Yes, there is. I need to visit that nursery too.

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  15. I want this plant too for my dad.. from where can i get this plant ??? im in gujrat

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    1. I'm so sorry that I do not know where to find this plant at Gujrat.

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  16. Hi Asha,
    Thanks for sharing the information. I happened to see this plant today and was searching for more info and came across this. I tasted the leaves today and the person who gave me the leaves gave me some sugar to eat and interestingly the sugar had no taste. Have you experienced this?
    Jaya

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    1. Jaya, glad you found the plant. It's useful to control sugar levels. But be warned that consuming more than required amount of leaves can cause harm. Because the leaves are totally bitter when eaten, the tongue may not be able to recognize any tastes for a while. That must have happened to you, Jaya. Are you fine now?

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    2. It is available in Indroda nursery, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
      Jaya

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  17. Hi ASHA,
    Thanks for the info.
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  18. Namaste Asha ji,

    A Gujarati today me about a shrub named Madumashi whose leaves are eaten to test whether someone is diabetic or not. After chewing a few leaves a person has to eat something sweet. If the person feels it is tasteless then he/she does not has diabetes. If the person feels tastes it sweet that he/she is diabeteic.

    Is this madhunashini same ?

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    1. I am not sure about that fact of eating the leaves, and then eating sweet to determine whether or not the person is diabetic. However, these leaves are bitter. A person, before consuming the leaves, if in doubt, must contact a suitable doctor.

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  19. hi can i now the name of madhunashini plant what they will call in Kannada

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    1. The book - Cultivation Of Medicinal And Aromatic Crops - mentions the name as 'Sannagresehambu.'

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  20. Hi Asha,

    Am at North Bangalore, where do i find this here

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    1. Naveen, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Hebbal has stock of Madhunashini plants. I think each plant is about Rs 10 or so.

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  21. Hi Asha, Can I get a plant from you?

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    1. Currently, I do not have cuttings of this plant. I'm sorry. I can provide you a list of places at Bangalore from where you can procure the plant.

      - UAS, Hebbal
      - Dept of Horticulture, Hulimavu
      - Lalbagh
      - Try http://www.bookyourplants.com/gallery.html (I haven't availed their services)
      - Try http://www.medicinalherbplants.com/ (I haven't availed their services)
      - Try Madeena Nursery, Sarjapur (A lot of nurseries on that road)

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  22. Hi Asha mam. This is papitha from vellore. I want whole plant with authentication so plz can you tel me where can I get this?

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    1. Hello Papitha, if you can contact the University of Agriculture (UAS), Hebbal, they'll be able to help you with necessary formalities and to procure the plant. Each plant may cost about Rs 10-15; please check with them.

      The address of UAS is available at:

      http://www.uasbangalore.edu.in/index.php/contact-us

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  23. Hello Very nice blog..

    Madhunashini vati is powerful herbal supplement and good for heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

    Thanks..

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    1. Thank you for making the product available to us.

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