The Ayurvedic Amrut - Guduchi

[Tinospora cordifolia]

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Guduchi/Giloy Medicinal Uses:

Immune booster - Modern research shows that Guduchi is strong immunostimulant with very good anti-cytotoxic (drugs used in treating cancer) effects. The helps to reduce effects of these toxic cancer-fighting drugs, and with its immune-promoting qualities, could even prevent cancer. Another study shoes it to be effective in reducing rheumatic complications. Guduchi is an excellent herb to take as an immune booster and general tonic.

Fever - It has best febrifuge action. It is useful not only in acute fevers but also useful in chronic fevers or pyrexia of unknown origin conditions. Fresh decoction in dose of 15 ml or tab. Guduchi 250 mg. should be given 3 times day for one week.

Upper respiratory Tract Infections - It works excellent in preventing and curing all these types of Pitta condition in diseases like tonsillitis, pharyngitis, hoarseness of voice and cough and cold. Guduchi ghana tablets of 250 mg. should be given 3 times day for 7 days.

Guduchi extract shows an efficacy in relieving the problems of Arthritis because of its anti inflammatory property.

Gout - It is specific remedy in Gouty arthritis. It should be given in combination with guggul. This preparation is known as Kaishor guggul. Dose - 500 mg. twice day for one month.

Rasayana – It is excellent rasayana for diseases of rasa, rakta, meda and asthivaha channels.

Guduchi/Giloy Pharmacological benefits - include; antioxidant, Hypoglycemic, Antitumor, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Hepatoprotective, Antipyretic. It is used to treat Gout, Viral Hepatitis, and general debility. The plant is used as a febrifuge. The stem and root is a valuable tonic in debilitating diseases, intermittent fever and dyspepsia.

This is an herb that can be useful as a part of our daily diet.

Medicinal Preparations - Kaishor guggul, Guduchi ghana, Guduchi churna. Amrutarishta. etc.


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Contra indications (Cautions): There are no serious side-effects of consuming Guduchi/Giloy since it is a natural and safe herbal remedy. However, in some cases - the use of Giloy can cause constipation and lower blood sugar levels. So if you are diabetic and have been consuming Giloy on a long-term basis, monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. Also, avoid Giloy if you are pregnant or breast feeding.