Habitat : Gurmar is a woody climber with small yellowish fowers, much branched. Young stems and branches are pubescent. Leaves are 3–5 cm long and upto 3 cm broad, ovate-elliptic, acute or shortly acuminate, pubescent on both sides; base rounded or heart shaped with 6–13 mm long pubescent petioles.
Uses : Gurmar is hypoglycaemic, astringent, stomachic, antiperiodic, diuretic, tonic, and refrigerant. It is used as a destroyer of glycosuria, and is believed to neutralize the excess sugar present in the body. It is also used to treat other urinary disorders. The Gymnema extract is standardized to contain a minimum of 25% Gymnemic Acid.