Pharmacological properties of guggulsterones, the major active components of gum guggul

Author(s)

Shah, Rohan; Gulati, Vandana; Palombo, Enzo A.

Abstract

Oleo gum resin secreted by Commiphora mukul, also known as gum guggul, has been used widely as an ayurvedic drug. Commiphora mukul is a short thorny shrub that is native to the Indian subcontinent. Oleo gum resin extracted by incision of the bark is a very complex mixture of gum, minerals, essential oils, terpenes, sterols, ferrulates, flavanones and sterones. Its active constituents, the Z- and E-guggulsterones, have been demonstrated to exhibit their biological activities by binding to nuclear receptors and modulating the expression of proteins involved in carcinogenic activities. Guggulsterones have also been reported to regulate gene expression by exhibiting control over other molecular targets including transcription factors such as nuclear factor (NF)-κB, signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) and steroid receptors. Considerable scientific evidence indicates the use of gum guggul as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of inflammation, nervous disorders, hyperlipidaemia and associated cardiac disorders such as hypertension and ischaemia, skin disorders, cancer and urinary disorders. This review highlights the taxonomic details, phytochemical properties and pharmacological profile of gum guggul.

Publication year

2012

Publication type

Journal article

Source

Phytotherapy Research, Vol. 26, no. 11 (Nov 2012), pp. 1594-1605

ISSN

0951-418X

Publisher

Wiley

Copyright

Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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