Devadhupa is a common weight loss pill ingredient that has been gaining in popularity over recent years. That said, this substance, which is made from the gum resin of the Commiphora mukul tree that is native to India, has been used for many different purposes for hundreds of years.
In fact, this substance has been documented as being a part of Ayurvedic medicine throughout thousands of years, with the oldest references to it occurring in texts dating back as far as 600 BC. At that time, it was recommended as a part of a treatment for atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries.
Today, it is still used for many reasons, including in weight loss pills. In those products, it can be listed under any of the many other names for devadhupa. These include: guggal, guggulu suddha, indiam bdellium, mukul myrrh tree, gum guggulu, Indian bdellium-tree, yogaraj guggul gum resin, gugulsterone, guggulipid, commiphora wightii, balsamodendrum mukul, balsamodendrum wightii, or plankasha, among others.
Other reasons this ingredient is sometimes used includes acne, other skin diseases, lowering cholesterol, arthritis, and even the same reason for which it was recommended in the text from 600 BC, atherosclerosis.
The idea is that this ingredient may contain naturally occurring chemicals that reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. One of the chemicals in this tree sap sourced substance may also reduce the swelling and redness associated in some forms of acne.
According to scientific and medical research, devadhupa may indeed be effective for the treatment of some forms of acne. In some studies, it was found to be about as effective in treating nodulocystic acne as the tetracycline antibiotic. Both the prescription antibiotic and the devadhupa were found to reduce pain, redness, swelling and the frequency of acne outbreaks.
That said, while there is some research to indicate that it could be combined with exercise, hdroxycitric acid, phosphate and a reduced calorie diet for slight weight loss, there has yet to be any research that would directly link this ingredient with the reduction of weight in obese or overweight patients.
More research is required to know for certain whether or not this substance is truly helpful to people who are attempting to lose weight.
Devadhupa is likely safe for healthy people who take it orally. Clinical trials have safely tested the use of this substance for up to 24 consecutive weeks. More limited research indicates that it could potentially be safe for up to 75 consecutive weeks of use.