Giloya or Tinospora cordifolia General Information

Guduchi or Tinospora cordifolia is found throughout tropical part of India, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is a very important medicinal herb of Ayurveda. It is also known as Amrita which means divine nectar. It is given this name because of its ability to treat various diseases.

Tinospora cordifolia has various medicinal properties. It has antioxidant, antihyperglycemic, antipyretic, anti-allergic, antileprotic, anti-inflammatory and Immunomodulatory properties. Giloye is adaptogenic and rejuvenating. It is Rasayana which prevents ageing, gives youthfulness and longivity. Tinospora improves body immune system.
Common Names
Latin: Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Hook.f. & Thomson
English: Tinospora Gulancha,  Indian tinospora, heart leaf moonseed
Sanskri : Guduchi, Madhuparni, Amrita,Chinnaruha, Vatsadaani, Tantrika
Kundalini , Chakralakshanika
Hindi: Giloya, Guduchi (Hindi)
Bengali: Gulancha
Telugu: Tippaatigo (Telugu)
Tamil : Shindilakodi
Marathi: Shindilakodi, Gulvel
Gujarati: Galo
Kannada: Amrita balli

Tinospora Cordifolia is a large deciduous climbing shrub. It has fibrous stem. Its bark is white to grey in colour. Its stem is used in preparation of various Ayurvedic medicines. It is useful in treating jaundice, fever, urinary problems and respiratory problems. It has ability to lower serum cholesterol.

Benefits of Guduchi

Its stem decoction with tulsi leaves, black pepper is useful in treating dengue fever and swine flu.
  Its stem can be eaten raw to treat rheumatism and diabetes.
Its fresh stem decoction taken three times a day for three days helps to cure liver problems, pneumonia, diarrhoea and fever.
Its stem decoction cure low appetite.
Its leaves decoction helps to cure Shewt pradar or leucorrhoea.
Giloye improves Immune system by increasing effectiveness of the protective WBCs.
Here are few Pictures of Tinospora leaves, stem that will help you to identify it. For preparing its stem decoction take stem of thumb thickness.  It can be propagated through a stem cutting only.

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