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.
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For more information about the creeper's medicinal value, see: