This plant has been used for hundreds of years to treat diabetes. Indians call this herb gurmar a Hindu word meaning “sugar destroyer.” A promising discovery for individuals suffering from Diabetes is that Gymnema has been found to increase liver and pancreatic function. This leaf also helps the body produce the insulin hormone naturally, while also helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Another and somewhat peculiar benefit of the herb is how studies have shown that it desensitizes the taste buds to sugar. This is important for patients with blood sugar related disorders who need to consume less sugary products. Gymnema also has gastrointestinal benefits which makes gymnema a common ingredient in colonic cleansing mixtures, as well—with the tea’s anti-inflammatory properties potentially used to help flush out toxins. The ability of Gymnema leaf lessens the taste of sugar, and could also be implemented as part of a long-term dietary plan that involves cutting back on calories and fatty foods. Finally, gymnema also has anti-atherosclerotic benefits that may reduce plaque buildup on the walls of the arteries, making this a potentially life-saving ingredient for one’s internal health. This herb can also help with obesity, hypoglycemia, anemia and osteoporosis.