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Giloy/Amrita/ Guduch (Tinospora cordifolia)

Category: Antioxidant , Immunity, Inflammation

Giloy is scientifically known as Tinospora Cordifolia or Guduchi in Hindi. The stem of Giloy is considered highly effective because of its high nutritional content and the alkaloids found in it but the root and leaves also can be used. According to a shloka of Charak Samhita, Giloy is one of the main herbs with a bitter taste. It is used in various disorders and also helps alleviate Vata and Kapha dosha. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), also known as Amrita or Guduchi in Hindi, is an herb that helps improve digestion and boost immunity. Researchers have identified four major classes of compounds in giloy

  • Terpenoids
  • Alkaloids
  • Lignans
  • steroids

Terpenoids are one of the largest classes of active compounds found in plants. They often contribute to plants’ fragrance, taste, and color. Terpenoids have antimicrobial, antiviral, anticancer, and antidiabetic properties. Alkaloids are compounds that give some plants their bitter taste. They’re known to have therapeutic benefits for blood pressure, pain relief, cancer, malaria and, intestinal spasms. Lignans are compounds found mostly in fibrous plants. They’re known to prevent the growth of viruses, fungi, and other microbes. Steroid compounds in plants may also have potential benefits for skin health, wound healing, cardiovascular health.


  • In Ayurveda, Giloy is known as a ‘Madhunashini’ which means ‘destroyer of sugar’. It helps to enhance the production of insulin which ultimately controls the blood sugar levels. Giloy is also useful for diabetes complications like ulcers, kidney problems.
  • This herb activated the immune system of our body and increase vitality in a person. Include Giloy juice or kadha in your diet twice a day can improve your immunity. It is full of antioxidants and helps to release toxins from the body. Giloy juice also detoxifies your skin and improves your skin.
  • Giloy has anti-inflammatory properties. Breathing problems caused by asthma can be traced to inflammation of the trachea. Giloy can help ease the inflammation to help you breathe more freely.

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