Guduchi or Giloy – Tinospora Cordifolia – has been supremely advocated in Ayurveda for its medicinal qualities. The Sanskrit name of Giloy – ‘Amrita’ – translates to ‘the root of immortality.’ It is also often called ‘Amruta’ – which means ‘nectar.’
Although Giloy stem has plentiful benefits, one can use its root for many purposes. The herb is usually consumed as powder, juice or capsules. It is an established immunity booster that endows you with health and longevity. It completely rejuvenates your system with its antioxidant properties.
Another great thing about Giloy is that you can combine it with other herbs and it works wonders as a health tonic. Since ancient times, Giloy has been used to balance the tridoshas in the body.
Its anti-aging qualities are well known. It makes the skin glow and diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and pimples. Its powder boiled in water can be directly applied over the eyelids to increase clarity of vision.
Regular consumption of Giloy is highly beneficial for its gastrointestinal protection. It stimulates digestion, is carminative and benefits in bowel related problems. Half a gram Giloy powder along with amla helps in case of constipation, acidity, piles, heart burn etc. Alternatively, you can drink Giloy juice with buttermilk as a tonic for the digestive system.
As an adaptogenic, Giloy is good for those suffering from anxiety or mental stress. It calms the nerves, relieves stress and relaxes the mind. It also strengthens the brain cells and clears brain toxins. It is a concentration and memory enhancer.
Giloy is an effective anti-pyretic that cures chronic fever and prevents recurrent fevers. It also helps in the disappearance of symptoms of swine flu. Its root is abundant in antioxidants that combat free-radicals to sustain the health of cells. It fights bacteria and infections as well.
It purifies blood and raises the count of blood platelets. This way, it can be useful in freeing you from the symptoms of dengue fever. Extract of Giloy with honey provides relief from malaria. It is a hematogenic i.e. it helps in the formation of red blood cells.
Giloy possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial in respiratory problems like recurrent cough, cold, tonsils etc. It releases toxins and free radicals out from the liver and kidneys and with sugar, it can treat liver related disorders. Its unique cleansing action makes your body strong against urinary tract infections.
Type 2 diabetics can consume Giloy juice to normalize their blood sugar level. It regulates blood pressure and brings down lipid levels due to its hypoglycaemic effect.
Giloy is recommended in cardiac disorders and can help treat infertility. It shows significant effects in asthma, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic catarrh, chronic fatigue and numerous other disorders.