Guggulipid is the gum resin of the mukul myrrh tree.
It has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India more than 2,000 years ago.
In the randomised studies, guggulipid reduced levels of total cholesterol by 11 percent, of LDL cholesterol by 12 percent, and of triglycerides by 15 percent, noted the Jama Network.
Guggulipid received regulatory approval in India in 1987 for use as a lipid-lowering drug.
In clinical studies done in India, guggulipid lowered blood levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
But most of these studies don’t meet the criteria for scientific validity.
More research is needed to find out how safe and effective this herb is.