In Ayurvedic the Sanskrit definition of the term "guggul" is "one that protects against diseases." This attests to the wide respect of Ayurvedic applications for this botanical, considered the most important for the removal of "ama," toxic substances which accumulate as a result of sluggish digestion and circulation associated with a slowing of metabolism. Guggul is rich in flavonoids, natural phytonutrients. Known as the “fat killer” in Ayurvedic medicine, guggul is a powerful resin extract that comes from the small, thorny Mukul myrrh tree. It is known in Ayurveda for its ability to help rid the body of unwanted fat, increase cellular fire, and support healthy cholesterol levels and liver function. In addition to detoxing, health practitioners have used guggul for rejuvenating and cleansing the lymph system, for healthy weight management and energy, and strengthening joint mobility Guggul's antioxidant effects have been subjected to scientific scrutiny. Adaptogenic guggul has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.