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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-25

Cultivation and conservation of Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)


1 M. D. (Final), Department of Dravyaguna, Shree Ayurveda College, Nagpur, India
2 Chief Consultant, Sundarai Ayurveda Multispeciality Center, Nagpur, India

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L Thosar Sheetal
M. D. (Final), Department of Dravyaguna, Shree Ayurveda College, Nagpur
India
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Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) is about 2-3.5 mt heighted plant of Burceraceae family. The plant grows wild in the arid, rocky tracts, also in low rainy and hot areas. The part used in medicinal preparation is resin, collected by tapping the barks. Guggulu deserves high values in Ayurvedic medicines. Guggulu is Rasayana, Vatakaphaghna, and used in various diseases. Due to high values and excessive demands, improper methods of collection, uncontrolled forest destruction and poor knowledge of cultivation; number of plants highly decreased. Now it categorized as threatened plant. Hence cultivation and conservation of this plant is necessary. Guggulu can be propagated by seed and vegetative method. Germination through seed is very poor. Vegetative propagation through stem cutting is most common and successful method. Farming care is also necessary f or proper growth. Conservation can be effected by knowledge of collection methods and awareness.


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