BOTONICAL NAME : Tinospora cordifolia
FAMILY : Menispermaceae
STRUCTURE A big climber (glabrous).Climbs on large trees.
Roots :-long thread like, aerial,arise from branches.
Bark Thin, greyish or creamy white in colour,When peeled fleshy stem is exposed.
Leaves :- Cordate(heart shaped), membranous,juicy.
Flowers :- Bloom during summer
Male flower :-Small,yellow or green coloured occur in clusters.
Female flower Occur singly.
Fruits:- Pea shaped,fleshy,shiny turn red when boiled.Occur in winter
Seeds :- curved,pea sized. Flowers and fruits . .
HABITAT Found throughout tropical India , ascending to an altitude of 1000 ft
PHARMACOLOGY Studies on induced oedema and arthritis and on human arthritis proved anti-inflammatory potency of the water extract of plant. It also has antipyretic action.This drug relaxes the intestinal and uterine smooth muscles.It is proved effective in prevention of fibrosis and in stimulating regeneration in hepatic tissue
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION Contains alkaloid – Berberine and a glucosoid â€“ Giloin
LOCAL NAMES of Glioy (in India)
Giloya, Guduchi (Hindi)
Kannada Name :
Guna :- Guru,Snighda
Rasa :- Tikta,Kashaya
Vipaka :- Madhura
KARMA (Action) Tridoshahara(Balances vitiated Tridoshas)
Kushtaghna,Vedanastaapana(Cures skin diseases and relieves pain)
Rejuvenator(Rejuvenates body systems),
Benefits of Giloy
Giloy or Amrita carries anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. This herb has been used in Ayurvedic rasayanas since centuries which is very helpful in building up the immune system and the body’s confrontation against definite infecting organisms. In a scientific study conducted using human WBC (white blood corpuscles), the Ayurvedic herb helps in increasing the killing ability of macrophages, the resistant cells those are accountable for fighting foreign materials as well as microorganisms
There are many uses of Tinospora cordifolia. The stem is used in conditions like generalized weakness , dyspepsia, pyrexias of unknown origin (fevers), swine flu and many urinary tract infections. The bitter properties present in the drug show antiperiodic and antispasmodic properties which is again helpful in preventing swine flu.
It is also used as an immune-modulator in immune-suppression of certain ailments like as obstructive jaundice, hepatic fibrosis, peritonitis and sepsis. The Tinospora or Giloy or amrita has been exposed very effective in preventing fibrous changes and promoting regeneration of the liver against CCl4 induced hepatic toxicity.
This wonderful Ayurvedic herb helps in raising the efficiency of protective WBC (white blood cells) and builds up the body’s own protection mechanism known as immune system.
Guduchi or Giloy will also improve the functioning of protective cells, macrophages and will improve body’s resistance to infections. Guduchi or amrita is a very good and helpful diuretic agent that helps removing renal stones and reducing blood urea from the blood. Tinospora or Amrita can inhibit growth of microorganisms and can develop immunity naturally. Tinospora has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and anti-allergic actions.
Some of the health experts and Ayurvedic doctors also prescribe Tinospora or Giloy for some sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea. The herb is useful in treating various skin diseases and in some cases, hyperacidity too.
This herb is highly recommended by Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev in preventing swine flu that has been declared epidemic world wide.
For maximum benefits, Guduchi has been systematically formalized by plenty of clinical studies. Its formula has been subjected to the contemporary examination of clinical testing to prove its benefits in lightly addressing the health concerns, and its quality is controlled by the most advanced chromatographic techniques.
When the herb is dried and then pure extract is derived, it becomes the â€˜Guduchi Ghana satva’ or Giloy satva. It is very fine powder that carries great abilities of the herb Guduchi. The positive thing Guduchi satva carries that even in minor doses, it works wonderfully.
â€¢ Swine flu
â€¢ Bird flu
â€¢ Pyrexia of unknown origin (fever)
â€¢ Throat infection
â€¢ Body aches