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Actions and uses of Guduchi (Giloy)

Guduchi (GILOY) (Tinospora cordifolia), also known as amrit, is one of the most valued herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy. According to myth, when the ancient gods churned the primordial ocean, an ambrosial nectar was created that would grant immortality to any who drank it. The nectar was named amrit, a Sanskrit word that means “imperishable.”

Although science hasn’t been able to confirm its immortalizing properties, a growing number of studies support guduchi’s role as an adaptogen, a potent herb that can increase the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, and illness.

The shrub is native to India, and its root, stems, and leaves are used for healing.

Guduchi (GILOY) has been used for thousands of years in India but is only just beginning to be available in the West.

It is commonly used for:

  • Allergies and symptoms of hay fever
  • Arthritis and inflammation
  • Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Gout and rheumatic disorders
  • Hepatitis and jaundice (supports the liver)
  • Immune system enhancement
  • Preventing colds and flu
  • Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy drugs

Tinospora cordifolia contains many different chemicals that might affect the body. Some of these chemicals have antioxidant effects. Others might increase the activity of the body’s immune system.

It is known as amruta, as it is considered a nectar bestowing immortality. It is a powerful immunomodulator and is used in chronic and acute fevers. It protects the liver and is used in the prevention and treatment of problems affecting the digestive system.

Locally known as: Geloy/Amruta

Active Constituents: Columbine, Palmatine and Tinospora

Dosage: One capsule twice a day after food or as directed by physician.

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