Commiphora wightii, with common names Indian bdellium-tree or Mukul myrrh tree, is a flowering plant in the family Burseraceae, which produces a fragrant resin called gugal that is used in incense and vedic medicine.

Commiphora wightii, Commiphora mukul

Mukul Myrrh Tree, Indian Bdellium
Guggul (Wiktionary)



guggul (uncountable)

  1. Commiphora wightii, a flowering plant most common in northern India, with thin papery bark and thorny branches; resin extracted from the plant, used in traditional medicine.
    • 2006, Sandeep Kumar, S. S. Suri, K. C. Sonie, K. G. Ramawat, Development of Biotechnology for Commiphora wightii: A Potent Source of Natural Hypolipidemic and Hypocholesterolemic Drug, P. S. Srivastava, Sheela Srivastava, Alka Narula (editors), Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Markers, page 132,
      In ancient times, guggul was used primarily as treatment for inflammatory conditions, including arthritis.
    • 2011, Rajarajeswari Sivalenka, Mangathayaru Putrevu, Chapter 15: Ayurvedic Ingredients in Cosmetics, Nava Dayan, Lambros Kromidas (editors), Formulating, Packaging, and Marketing of Natural Cosmetic Products, page 298,
      Guggul, the sticky gum resin from the Mukul myrrh tree, plays a major role in the traditional herbal medicine
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