Chemical Components

Myrrh contains three main components: gum resin 30-60%; alcohol-soluble resins 20-40%; volatile oils (2-10%).

Guggul is the oleo-gum-resin exudate from Commiphora mukui, which is also used therapeutically and has been scientifically investigated. Resins are sticky, water-insoluble substances that are secreted where a plant is damaged by incision or natural causes. The viscous substance hardens shortly after secretion, but may be returned to a liquid state with heating. Resins tend to be soluble in alcohol. Guggulipid is extracted from guggul and contains plant sterols (guggulsterones E and Z) which are thought to be its main pharmacologically active constituents (Ulbricht et al 2005).

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