Gymnema sylvestre is an Indian herb reported in Ayurveda, distributed in the tropical and subtropical region of the world, belonging to the family Asclepiadaceae. The word “Gymnema” is said to be derived from a Hindu word “Gurmar”, “destroyer of sugar.” In Sanskrit it is called as ‘Madhunashini’, which means it destroys sweet taste when the leaf is chewed. G. sylvestre is a perennial, large, pubescent, woody, and climber. The leaves of G. sylvestre are opposite usually elliptic or ovate (1.25 -2.0inx 0.5-1.25in). Flowers are small, yellow in colour with umbellate cymes, follicles terete, lanceolate up to 3 inch in length. The colour of the leaves is green. The odour is characteristic, and taste is slightly bitter and astringent. This herb is official member of Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India, and Indian Pharmacopoeia (2007). Gymnema sylvestre has been studied by various groups of scientists globally to validate data reports in the ancient literature. We at Natures Laboratory make fine herb powder of gymnema and Milled Gymnema contained in size ‘0’ Vegetable Cellulose Capsules.
We produce Gymnema sylvestre/ Gymnema using powdered herb. The powder is very fine, allowing it to flow into the encapsulation machine. Fine powder is also easier for the body to absorb. Sometimes we produce the powder ourselves, from whole or cut herbs. Other times we source powdered herbs directly from our suppliers.
Empty capsules are positioned in the the capsule manufacturing machine. We use vegetarian capsules, size '0'. The empty capsules are then filled with the finely-ground powdered herb. A sufficient quantity of herb is pressed into the empty capsules. Once the capsules are full of powdered herb the tops of the capsules are positioned and firmly pressed into position.
The finished capsules are removed from the machine. Initially we store them in bulk bags. Depending on the type of capsule we may then use our capsule counting machine to dispense capsules into bottles.
Gymnema sylvestre/ Gymnema are a very convenient way to store and prescribe this herb. Less energy is used in the production process and they take less space to store.
At Herbal Apothecary we produce a wide range of single herb capsules as well as capsules made with blended herbs. The process for producing a blended capsule involves combining 2 or more powders together before encapsulation. Special care is taken to ensure the herbs are thoroughly blended, ensuring an equal distribution of herb through all capsules. Blended herb capsules are a fantastic way of prescribing more complex remedies in a way which is easy for the patient to take.
Powdered herbs like Gymnema sylvestre/ Gymnema are exactly that. We take high quality whole or cut herbs and process them using our powdering machine. Sometimes we source powdered herbs directly from our suppliers.
Using our powdering machine we can choose the size of the ground herb particle. This means we can produce everything from a course powder, which might be used in a herbal tea or infusion, to a very fine powder.
Powdered herbs like Gymnema sylvestre/ Gymnema might be used by herbalists in the production of herbal capsules. Powdered herbs are also sometimes used in tincture or fluid extract production.