Commiphora

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Commiphora

 

a genus of plants of the family Burseraceae. They are usually spiny trees and shrubs. There are approximately 185 species, distributed predominantly in arid tropical regions of Africa and Madagascar; some species are found in Arabia, on Socotra Island, and in India. Many species of Commiphora yield valuable resins, balsams, and gums. The species Commiphora abyssinica is the source of the aromatic resin myrrh. Balm in Gilead is obtained from the species C. opobalsamum. Other Commiphora yield aromatic resins known as bdelliums.

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Effect of Commiphora mukul (gum guggulu) in patients with hyperlipidemia with special reference to HDL cholesterol.
Patients also may be taking nonprescription agents that lower lipid levels, such as niacin, the centuries-old Ayurvedic medicine gugulipid (a derivative of resin from the Commiphora mukul tree), red yeast rice, phytosterols, fiber, or garlic.
Gugulipid, a derivative of resin from the Commiphora mukul tree, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since at least 600 B.
Guggul is the resin or sap from Commiphora mukul, a small thorny shrub native to India.