Giloy or Guduchi or Tinospora Cordifolia is eulogised as amruta or elixir. It is recommended for Erectile Dysfunction, high uric acid level, gout, PCOS and weight loss
The ayurvedic medicinal herb Giloy is a climber. Botanists have listed this under Minispermaceae family and have given a botanical name Tinospora Cordifolia. This is a tropical herb which is found abundantly in India, Myanmar and Srilanaka .
The climber takes the support of huge trees to grow. The stem of guduchi is soft and juicy. The leaves of this climber are heart shaped. The flowers are yellow colored . The round fruits turn to bright red color when ripe. The plant contains the alkaloid Berberin and a glucosoid Giloin.
Giloy in Ayurveda
This herb giloy has various names in Sanskrit which are mentioned in texts of ayurveda. Few are given below
- Madhuparni : – The leaves of guduchi get sweet taste like honey as soon as they get digested.
- Amrita : The medicinal properties of this herb are like that of an elixir.
Ayurvedic Health Benefits of Guduchi or Giloy
Naturopaths all over the world praise the adoptogenic properties of Giloy or Guduchi. (Adoptogenic herbs boost body resistance; reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue). Benefits of guduchi or Giloy are attributed to these properties.
The herb Giloy is being used in ayurvedic system of medicine since ages. Health benefits of this herb are praised by ayurveda acharyas as follows.
Based on principles of Ayurveda, giloy has both bitter (tikta rasa )and astringent (kashaya rasa) tastes. The taste of guduchi turns to sweetness (madhura rasa) when digested. It increases moistness of body tissues (snigdha) , has hot potency (Ushna Veerya) and is heavy to digest (guru). Due to these properties this herb balances all the three doshas i.e Vata, Pitta and Kapha , when used with different carriers.
It normalises Kapha when used with honey. Vata gets normalised when guduchi is used with ghee. Pitta gets alleviated when giloy is used with sugar.
Giloy or Guduchi for Erectile Dysfunction:
Since this herb balances three doshas it acts as rasayana or adaptogen herb. It is praised as balya or stamina boosting plant. Hence is is recommended for men who undergo Ayurveda vajikarana therapy for erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and male infertility or low sperm count or oligospermia.
Tinospora is recommended by ayurveda vaidyas in management of diabetes or meha. Hence this is an ideal herb for erectile dysfunction due to diabetes.
Various studies  suggest that the extracts of Tinospora cordifolia exert significant aphrodisiac activity.
Guduchi for Gout and Uric Acid
Texts of ayurveda emphasise on the role of giloy in balancing vata and rakta (blood). Imbalance of vata and rakta causes increased uric acid level and inflammation of joint which leads to vatarakta or gout. Since guduchi has anti inflammatory and liver rejuvenating properties, this coupled with vata and rakta balancing nature, helps in reducing blood uric acid level and joint pain. Hence ayurveda practitioners relay on this herb to reduce blood uric acid level.
Tinospora Cordifolia for Weight Loss
Various researches have shown that Tinospora contains anti diabetic, anti inflammatory, anti microbial and many more. A research  says the weight loss property is also one among them. Since this herb has metabolism boosting properties (agni deepani), it helps to loose weight.
Guduchi or Giloy for PCOS or PCOD
The herb Tinospora Cordifolia helps to reduce blood sugar level and also aids in weight loss. Ayurvedic doctors use this herb along with Bitter Gourd (Karela), Chirayata (kirata tikta), Ashoka, Lodhra, Madhu nashini (gudmar or gymnema) and yashad bhasma to cure PCOS. These are best ayurvedic Indian home Remedies for PCOs or PCOD.
This plant is used in various ayurvedic preparations. These preparations come in the form of capsules, powder, decoction, oil and many more. Moolika Ayurveda has come up with an ayurvedic formulation which contains only Guduchi or Giloy. Guduchi Capsules are made in GMP certified manufacturing unit under the supervision of qualified ayurvedic doctors. This capsule can be used in conditions like gout, arthritis, hepatitis, fatty liver, low immunity etc.
Reference : Tinospora cordifolia: One plant, many roles
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