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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.
Below are the strongest indications of Gymnema Sylvestre in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
Authority. Dr. Falconer read to the Linnaean Society a communication which he had received from Capt. Edgeworth, Pharm. Journ., vol. vii, 1847-8, p. 351.
Captain Edgeworth chewed some of the leaves, and was surprised at not perceiving the acrid taste of the plants of this order; but about two hours afterwards, when taking some tea, he was greatly surprised to find that, although he could fully appreciate the aroma of the tea, he was perfectly unable to appreciate the taste of the sugar. He obtained some preserves and other substances containing sugar, and upon putting them upon the tongue, he found he was still quite unable to appreciate the saccharine quality; he then obtained some powdered sugar, and it appeared only like so much sand in his mouth. This effect lasted altogether nearly twenty-four hours, when he recovered the power of tasting sugar. Mrs. Edgeworth afterwards tried the effect of the plant, and with precisely the same result.
. Gymnema sylvestre. N. O. Asclepiadaceae. Tincture of leaves.
Snake-bite. Taste, altered. clinical
This plant, which grows in the Deccan peninsula, Assam, and some parts of Africa, is a woody climber with long, slender branches. The powdered root has a reputation among the natives as a remedy for snake-bite. It is mentioned here an account of a single symptom observed from chewing one or two leaves, which had a bitterish, astringent, and slightly acid taste. Immediately after chewing them the sense of taste for sugar was lost, and also the taste for bitters, the effect lasting some hours. Everything else could be tasted, as the ginger in gingerbread but not the sweet. Quinine tasted like chalk.≡ more ...