Herbs, therapies, natural treatments, and home remedies are pivotal in Ayurveda. Herbs strengthen our immune system enabling us to fight the unwanted illnesses residing in our bodies. In today’s article, we will be discussing Giloy and its significant role in our lives.

Guduchi, also known as Amruta or Rasayani is a popular herb in Ayurveda, due to its high medicinal values. The name Amruta and Rasayani denotes its ability to rejuvenate, regenerate and enhance the longevity of the body tissues, just as the elixir imparts immortality.

The other synonyms for the herb are Vayastha, Mandali, Somavalli, Dheera, Jwarnashini which depicts its appearance and uses. Known as Gulvel in Marathi, Giloy in Hindi and Bitter tonic / Heart Leaved moonseed in English, Guduchi is an herbaceous vine. It has heart-shaped leaves and bears small red fruits. Giloy growing on neem trees is considered to have many medicinal uses. The botanical name for the herb is Tinospora Cordifolia, and it is one of the best antipyretics, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory drugs used in Ayurveda.

Properties and effects on Doshas

Guduchi is dominantly bitter in taste, it also has a pungent and astringent aftertaste. It exhibits a sweet taste after digestion (Vipaak). Giloy is light in nature and hot in potency.

Guduchi pacifies all the three doshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  It pacifies the vitiated or increased doshas but does not aggravate the balanced doshas, and thus maintains the dosha equilibrium. Guduchi is therefore considered the choice of herb to pacify all the doshas; (Dosha shaman effect).

Abilities of Guduchi

“अमृतासंग्राहीकवातहरदीपनीयश्लेष्मशोणितविबंधप्रशमनानाम् ||”

Charak Samhita, the ancient text mentions Agrya samgraha, wherein the best effectivity of each medicine is described. Guduchi is the choice of medicine to improve digestion – it kindles the digestive fire by reducing the excess bodily kleda, bowel disorders, and constipation. Guduchi is also an effective herb to pacify vata and kapha dosha and bleeding disorders.

Guduchi has a major role to play in various other health conditions. Guduchi can be used in various forms like churna, decoction, juice, oil, or ghee. It can also be rendered with other medicines or carrier medicines, known as anupaan to achieve the maximum results.

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Note – Although Guduchi is a wonder drug, it is advisable to consume only after consulting an Ayurveda physician. The desired results are achieved only when administered in correct medical conditions, which can be confirmed only by the doctor. The proper dosage, formulation, and combination with specific other medicines may vary with age, symptoms, and rutu.


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