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Swayambhuva Guggul (Svayambhuva Guggulu)

Swayambhuva Guggul (Svayambhuva Guggulu)

Swayambhuva Guggul (Svayambhuva Guggulu) has potent antipruritic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions.  It is the drug of choice in many skin diseases including vitiligo, leucoderma, weeping eczema, skin infections, pruritus, skin abscess, fistula, and diabetic ulcers and carbuncles.

It reduces itching, abnormal fluid secretions (weeping skin), and pus formation. It clears skin infections and restores the natural color of the skin.

Ingredients (Composition)

Ingredients Quantity
Shuddha Guggulu 10 Parts
Babchi (Bakuchi) – Psoralea Corylifolia 5 Parts
Shuddha Shilajit (Asphaltum) 5 Parts
Swarna Makshik Bhasma 3 Parts
Loha Bhasma 2 Parts
Gorakhmundi – Sphaeranthus Indicus 2 Parts
Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula 1 Part
Bibhitaki (Bahera) – Terminalia Bellirica 1 Part
Amalaki (Amla or Indian Gooseberry) – Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblica Officinalis) 1 Part
Karanja (Karanj) – Pongamia Pinnata Leaves 1 Part
Khadira (Catechu) – Acacia Catechu 1 Part
Guduchi (Giloy or Heartleaf Moonseed) – Tinospora Cordifolia 1 Part
Neem – Azadirachta Indica Inner Bark 1 Part
Nishoth (Trivrit or Turpeth) – Operculina Turpethum 1 Part
Dantimool – Baliospermum Montanum 1 Part
Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus 1 Part
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes 1 Part
Haldi (Turmeric) – Curcuma Longa 1 Part
Amaltas (Aragvadha ) – Cassia Fistula 1 Part
Chitrakmool – Plumbago Zeylanica 1 Part
Kurchi (Kutaj) – Holarrhena Antidysenterica 1 Part

Preparation Method

For making Swayambhuva Guggul, take an iron mortar and put Shuddha Guggulu in it and add a small quantity of Ghee (Clarified Butter). Pestle it and gradually add the fine powder of other ingredients of Swayambhuva Guggul. When the mixture is ready to make tablets, then make tablets of each 500 mg.

Pharmacological Actions

Swayambhuva Guggul has following medicinal properties:

  • Antipruritic
  • Antioxidant
  • Depurative (purify blood)
  • Antitoxic
  • anti-suppurative (reduce pus)
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Wound healing enhancer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Carminative
  • Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
  • Anti-diabetic

Dosha Karma

Swayambhuva Guggul reduces Kapha Dosha and then pacifies Vata Dosha. It also has digestive action on AMA and helps to reduce AMA formation.

Therapeutic Indications

Swayambhuva Guggul is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Pruritus (itching)
  • Gout & Hyperuricemia
  • Leucoderma and Vitiligo
  • Weeping eczema
  • Poisoning
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Fistula
  • Worm infestation
  • Premature graying of hair
  • Wrinkles
  • Frequent urination
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disorders

Swayambhuva Guggul is mainly used in all types of skin diseases characterized by itching and weeping skin (watery fluid weeping from affected skin). It is also beneficial in the management of skin infections. It has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal actions, which helps to reduce the discharge of fluids from the skin, stops the formation of the pus, and eradicates the infection.

Swayambhuva Guggul Dosage

The general dosage of Swayambhuva Guggul is as follows.
Children 250 to 1000 mg
Adults 500 to 2000 mg (optimum dosage is 2000 mg)
Maximum Possible Dosage 6 grams Per Day (in divided doses)
Doses: 2 Doses per day
Best Time to Take: After Food
Adjuvant: Warm water; Honey; Cow’s Urine (in Kapha Diseases); Ghee (Clarified Butter) (in Vata Diseases)

Safety Profile

Swayambhuva Guggul is considerably safe for most individuals when taken as per its indications in appropriate dosage under professional supervision.

Side Effects of Swayambhuva Guggul

Generally, there are no side effects when Swayambhuva Guggul is used wisely in patients with the dominance of Kapha Dosha. If the patient has Pitta Prakriti or any condition related to the increase of the Pitta in the body, then it can cause following side effects when used in the dosage more than 1 gram:

  • Heartburn
  • Burning sensation in abdomen
  • Acid reflux
  • Restlessness
  • Headache

However, these side effects of Swayambhuva Guggul are very rare because it also contains some ingredients like Swarna Makshik Bhasma, Neem, Nishoth, Amaltas, Amla, and Nagarmotha, which act to reduce acid reflux, heartburn, and burning or heat sensation.


There are no absolute contraindications for Swayambhuva Guggul.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Swayambhuva Guggul should not be used during pregnancy.

The safety profile of Swayambhuva Guggul is not well established for lactating mothers. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Swayambhuva Guggul during lactation.

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