Yograj Guggulu Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

Yograj Guggulu (also spelled as yogaraj guggulu and yograj guggul, also called pakshaghatari guggulu) is an ayurvedic guggul preparation used in pain disorders, digestive ailment, breathing troubles, etc.

Yograj Guggulu helps in reducing stiffness, pain and swelling in joint disorders. It improves appetite and digestion. It also used as rejuvenative supplement and supportive therapy in ayurveda for a variety of disorders.


The principle ingredient of Yograj Guggulu is Suddha Guggulu, which accounts for approximately 50% weight.

One gram (1000 mg) Yograj Guggulu contains.

HerbsQuantity (in %age)
Suddha Guggulu500 mg
Triphala Powder250 mg
Dried ginger (Zingiber officinale)12.5 mg
Pipali (long pepper or piper longum) – fruit12.5 mg
Pipali (long pepper or piper longum) – roots12.5 mg
Chavya (Piper cubeba)12.5 mg
Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica)12.5 mg
Hingu or Heeng (Asafoetida)12.5 mg
Ajmod (Apium Graveolens) celery seeds12.5 mg
Mustard seeds12.5 mg
Black Cumin12.5 mg
White cumin12.5 mg
Nirgundi seeds12.5 mg
Inderjo (Holarrhena Antidysenterica seeds)12.5 mg
Patha (Cissampelos Pareira)12.5 mg
Vidanga (Embelia ribes)12.5 mg
Gajpipal (Java Long Pepper)12.5 mg
Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa)12.5 mg
Atees or Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum)12.5 mg
Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum)12.5 mg
Vacha (acorus calamus)12.5 mg
Mustak (Cyperus rotundus)12.5 mg

Ingredient Reference: SHARANGDHAR SAMHITA, MADHYAM KHAND, Chapter 7, Verse 56 to 69

Medicinal Properties

Yograj Guggulu has following healing properties.

Primary Actions

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anodyne or Analgesic
  • Antispasmodic (antispasmodic)
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Carminative
  • Digestive Stimulant

Secondary Actions

  • Expectorant
  • Emmenagogue
  • Hypo-glycemic
  • Fat Burner and anti-obesity
  • Anti-gout
  • Antioxidant
  • Adaptogenic
  • Anticancer

Therapeutic Indications

Yograj Guggulu is useful in following health conditions.

Digestive Health

  • Constipation (when sticky stools is present)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Gas or flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal distension
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – when patient has constipation with sticky stools one of the main symptoms

Muscle, Bones & Joints

  • Muscle spasm
  • Joint stiffness
  • Backache with stiffness
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis (mildly effective, but it may be more beneficial when patient experience heaviness and stiffness in the joints)
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout (with stiffness and swelling) – It helps when taken with Giloy Decoction or Guduchi Satva

Brain & Nerves

  • Epilepsy (used in combination of other herbs and minerals)
  • Depression (with passive symptoms)
  • Paralysis (Mahayograj Guggul is more beneficial)
  • Sciatica

Heart & Blood

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Congestive heart failure with feet edema

Lungs & Airways

  • Productive cough
  • Asthma (main symptom chest congestion)

Women Health

  • Membranous dysmenorrhea
  • Secondary amenorrhea (it may not work in primary amenorrhea)
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Yograj Guggulu Benefits & Uses

Yograj Guggulu has following benefits:

  1. Alleviates Pain.
  2. Lowers Joint Inflammation.
  3. Reduces Joint Stiffness.
  4. Improves Appetite & Digestion.
  5. Pacifies Vata and Kapha Dosha.

According to ayurveda, Yograj Guggulu works in VATA and KAPHA diseases. It includes all digestive diseases related to loss of appetite and intestinal gas. Joint pains occur due to predominance of VATA and KAPHA. The common symptoms of this association are stiffness, pain of different types and swelling. Yograj Guggulu works well in all types of these cases. After VATA and KAPHA, Yograj Guggulu also works on AMA (sticky toxins or toxins due to malabsorption). Here are some main medicinal uses of Yograj Guggulu.

Flatulence, Intestinal Gas & Abdominal Distension

Yograj Guggulu contains ingredients, which pacify the VATA. The VATA is a main responsible factor for abdominal gas and distension. It helps reducing the formation of gas in the abdomen by correcting the digestive functions. It also works when AMA (Adhesive toxins) are present in the abdomen. These toxins cause bad smelly flatus. This is a common symptom of malabsorption and ill metabolism. Yograj Guggulu helps correcting metabolism and treats the malabsorption, which ultimately helps reducing flatulence and intestinal gas.

Abdominal cramps due to gas

Due to same logics explained above, Yograj Guggulu cramps that occurs due to the intestinal gas. Some people have most common symptom cramps or pain just before passing the stool. Yograj Guggulu also treats this symptom and normalizes bowel movements.

Chronic constipation

Symptomatically, there are two types of chronic constipation.

  1. Constipation with hard and dry stools
  2. Constipation with sticky or fatty stools

Yograj Guggulu works in second one. It will not be suitable if you have hard or dry stools, which may also result in anal fissure. In such case, blackstrap molasses, castor oil, almond oil and licorice are very helpful home remedies.

Fatty or sticky stools indicate malabsorption, fat metabolic disorders, reduced liver functions and formation of AMA in the abdomen. Yograj Guggulu improves absorption, metabolism and liver functions. It also reduces AMA (toxin) formation in the abdomen. Thus, it treats chronic constipation.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

According to ayurveda, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs due to lack of appropriate digestive fire or malfunction of digestive fire, which leads to AMA formation. However, Yograj Guggulu may not work for people with hard and dry stools, but it works well for people with following symptoms.

  1. Abdominal cramps or pain
  2. Bloating
  3. Intestinal gas
  4. Abdominal distention
  5. Loose stools with mucus or constipation with sticky stools

Please note, Yograj Guggulu mainly acts on mucus formation, which can also be relate with AMA of ayurveda. If you have dry and hard stools, it will not work alone.

Some patients also have alternating bouts of loose stools with sticky mucus and constipation with hard stools. Yograj Guggulu will only work during the period when patient has diarrhea with sticky mucus. You should not take it during constipation bout.

Dosage & Direction of Use

The dosage of Yograj Guggulu varies according to disease and individual requirement. Generally, 500 mg to 1000 mg twice a day is an appropriate dosage in most cases. In some cases, your doctor may recommend taking it in higher dosage, which may be 2 grams twice or thrice a day. The total dosage should not exceed from 6 grams a day.

Yograj Guggulu Side Effects

Yograj Guggulu is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken in an appropriate dosage under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician. It may lead to some rare side effects in some sensitive people.

  • Hyperacidity & Heartburn
  • Burning sensation in abdomen (it occurs only when the dosage of Yograj Guggulu exceeds from 5 grams a day.)
  • Allergic reaction (very rare and not reported) – It may occur if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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  1. Which medication would be best for a Pitta dosha with achy joints and stiffness?

    Thank you in advance for all of your guidance.

  2. Very good and useful info for those suffering from long term effects of joint pains.

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