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Gurmar (Shardunika) : Nature’s Answer To Sugar Cravings - GARRY N SUN

Gurmar (Shardunika) : Nature’s Answer To Sugar Cravings

Imagine a world where sweet tooth cravings no longer grip us and sugar no longer dictates our mood swings and energy levels.

Sounds exciting? Then, let us introduce Nature's remedy, Gurmar, known as Shardunika. This remarkable herb has been used in Ayurveda for centuries to combat sugar cravings and promote overall well-being.

Gurmar's botanical name is Gymnema Sylvestre. It is a tropical plant native to the forests of India, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Southeast Asia. It has a long history of traditional use in Indian Ayurveda.

In this month's exploration of Nature's wonders, we will dive into the mystical properties and benefits of Shardunika (Gurmar), an herb that will forever change your relationship with sugar.

What Ayurveda Says About Shardunika (Gurmar)

Ayurveda has long recognized the power of Shardunika (Gurmar) in regulating blood sugar levels. In Sanskrit, "Gurmar" literally means "destroyer of sugar." This name aptly describes its primary function - reducing the cravings for sweets and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Shardunika (Gurmar) is a woody climbing shrub that can reach heights up to 10 metres. It has oval-shaped leaves and small, yellow flowers. The Shardunika plant leaves are used primarily for their potential health benefits.

Why People Should Use Shardunika (Gurmar)

Shardunika (Gurmar) is a natural ally in a world plagued by excessive sugar consumption and associated health risks. Here are a few compelling reasons why we should consider incorporating Shardunika (Gurmar) into our life:

Sugar Craving Control: Shardunika (Gurmar) contains active compounds that bind to the taste receptors on your tongue, dulling your sense of taste for sweet flavours. It makes sugary treats less appealing and helps curb cravings.

Blood Sugar Management: For individuals struggling with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions, Shardunika (Gurmar) may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Weight Management: By reducing sugar cravings, improving glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy eating habits, Shardunika (Gurmar) can aid in maintaining a healthy weight.

Digestive Health: Ayurveda attributes Shardunika (Gurmar) to digestive properties that may help alleviate indigestion.

Additionally, it supports respiratory and urinary tract health. It also decreases the level of ama in the system and promotes a healthy cholesterol range.

Ayurvedic Properties (Energies)

In Ayurveda, herbs are classified based on their taste, energy, and effects on the body. Shardunika (Gurmar) falls under the following categories:

Taste: Bitter

Virya (Energy): Cooling

Vipaka (Post-Digestive Effect): Pungent

Shardunika (Gurmar) balances all three doshas. However, it works more effectively to reduce kapha and pitta doshas levels in the body.

When experiencing sugar cravings, simply place a small amount of Shardunika powder on the tip of the tongue to curb them.

How To Include It In A Diet

Incorporating Shardunika (Gurmar) into your daily routine can be simple and enjoyable. Here are a few ways to make it a part of your life:

Shardunika (Gurmar)Tea: Brew Shardunika (Gurmar) leaves or powder into a soothing tea. Sip it before or after meals to curb sugar cravings and support digestion.

Herbal Supplements: Shardunika (Gurmar) supplements are readily available as capsules or tablets. Please consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for appropriate dosage recommendations.

Gurmar Extracts: Consider using Shardunika (Gurmar) extracts in your favourite smoothies or juices for a sweet-craving-busting boost.

Shardunika (Gurmar) Recipes

Are you interested in learning different recipes that include Shardunika (Gurmar)?

Here are some recipes:

  1. Gurmar And Chickpea Salad:


One can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/2 cup diced cucumbers

1/4 cup diced red onions

2 tbsp fresh coriander (chopped)

1 tsp Shardunika (Gurmar) powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil and lemon juice for dressing


  1. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and fresh coriander into a large bowl and mix them well.
  2. After that, season the salad with the main ingredient of the recipe, Shardunika (Gurmar) powder. Also, add salt and pepper according to taste. 
  3. Then sprinkle with olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.
  4. Toss everything together, and a healthy and satisfying side dish is ready to devour.


  1. Gurmar-Enhanced Curry Sauce:


One onion (chopped)

Two tomatoes (chopped)

Two cloves garlic (minced)

1-inch piece of ginger (minced)

1 tsp Shardunika (Gurmar) powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp coriander powder

2 tbsp cooking oil

Red chilli powder as per taste

Salt to taste


  1. Heat two teaspoons of oil in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook them until they become translucent.
  2. After this, add the tomatoes and cook until they soften and release their juices.
  3. Then stir in Shardunika (Gurmar) powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red chili powder.
  4. Now, it is time to add coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.
  5. Season with salt, and Gurmar-infused curry sauce is ready to be used as a base for various dishes.

Side-Effects Of Shardunika (Gurmar)

  1. Shardunika (Gurmar) may interact with certain medications, including those for diabetes, so it is essential to consult a healthcare provider before using it as a supplement.
  2. Individuals with hypertension or those taking blood pressure medications should consult with a healthcare provider.

Suggested Use

For sugar cravings: Consume Shardunika (Gurmar) power (3-6gm) with plain water 15-20 minutes before meals to reduce the desire for sweets.

Please consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalised guidance on dosage and usage for blood sugar management.


Shardunika (Gurmar) may interact with certain medications, including those for diabetes, so it is essential to consult a healthcare provider before using it as a supplement.

Pregnant or nursing women should confer with a healthcare professional before using Shardunika (Gurmar).


Shardunika (Gurmar) is a natural gift from Ayurveda that can help you to set free from sugar addiction and support overall health. With its bitter taste and cooling energy, Shardunika (Gurmar) has the potential to revolutionise your relationship with sugar. Like other herbal remedies, it is essential to use it wisely. It is better to seek guidance from an Ayurvedic practitioner when needed. 

Embrace the power of Shardunika (Gurmar) and take a step towards a healthier, sweeter life without the harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption.

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