Top 10 Health Benefits of Guduchi/Giloy
Guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia) or Giloy is a deciduous perineal climber, that is used both for ornamental and medical purposes. It has heart shaped leaves with a warty stem and is indigenous to the tropical areas of India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. It is a common climber found across all regions growing in almost any soil and tropical climate.
It is known as the queen of all herbs which has myriad of health benefits and cures many diseases. It is primarily the stem, root, and leaves of the plant used for healing. It known in Sanskrit as Amrita (Elixir), Cinnodbhava, Gillow in Punjabi, Geloy in Hind, Gulancha in Bengali, Tippa-teega in Telugu, Shindilakodi in Tamil, Amruthu, Chittamruthu in Malayalam, Amrutha balli in Kannada, Garo in Gujarati, , Guduchi in Marathi, Guluchi in Odia, Gurjo in Nepali, Amritvel in Konkani, Rasakinda in Sinhala, Boraphét in Thai.
Here are the Top 10 health benefits of Giloy(Guduchi):
1) Boosts immunity: It is a powerhouse of antioxidants which fight free-radicals, keeping cells healthy and disease-free. Giloy helps remove toxins, purifies blood, fights bacteria that causes diseases. This herb, activates the immune system of the body, boosting immunity and promotes vitality.
2) Cures skin diseases and enhances skin health: When Giloy is consumed with ghee on an empty stomach in the morning, it helps to cure all types of skin diseases including, acute & chronic dermatitis, prickly heat, sunburn, all forms of cosmetic allergy, ringworm, psoriasis, leucoderma and leprosy. It is popular as a skin lotion as it improves skin complexion and enhances the general health of the skin reducing dark spots, pimples, fine lines and wrinkles.
3) Anti-diabetic: Guduchi or Giloy is an antidiabetic herb and is used in Ayurveda to treat diabetes. It helps in the production of insulin and decreases the blood sugar level. It may even help ease problems associated with diabetes like nerve damage linked to diabetes (diabetic neuropathy) and digestive or stomach problems (gastropathy).
4) Treatment for Arthritis and joint pain: Giloy extract and decoction is helpful in the treatment and management of gout, gouty arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, clinical conditions or excess urate deposition and provides relief while dealing with such inflammatory diseases. Clinical evaluations have shown to significantly reduce pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
5) Hepatoprotective: The plant extract is known to be hepatoprotective and has been known to help prevent scarring of the liver (fibrosis). It can even stimulate the regeneration of damaged liver tissue and modulates liver function favorably to cure liver diseases such as Jaundice and Fatty liver.
6) Treats Malaria and Dengue: Giloy is packed with antioxidants that help the body fight disease causing free radicals. Taking 5-10 ml of giloy juice every day increases the count of blood platelets and boosts the hemoglobin which decreases considerably in malaria. For this, juice of 1ft. long branch of Giloy and seven leaves of Tulsi; boiled and taken as a herbal drink.
7) Treats chronic fever: Guduchi or Giloy helps get rid of recurrent fevers as it is anti-pyretic in nature. It is very effective while dealing with intermittent fevers. A decoction of the stem or leaves or juice extracted from the root of the plant can help tackle a range of fevers.
8) Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Giloy is an excellent adaptogenic herb, meaning that it helps in managing stress and anxiety by normalizing your physiological functions. It has a calming effect on the body. Due to its ability to cross the blood brain barrier, it has the power to enhance memory and cognitive functions.
9) Improves Vision: In several parts of India, Giloy plant is applied to the eyes as it helps boost vision clarity. All you need to do, is boil Giloy powder in water, let it cool down and apply over the eyelids.
10) Improves Digestion: Giloy is very beneficial in improving digestion and works towards building a stronger digestive system and immunes body against hyperacidity, colitis, worm infestations, and loss of appetite, abdominal pain, excessive thirst, and vomiting. For this, half a gram of giloy powder with some Amla regularly to maximize results, or with jaggery for treating constipation.
Although there are no such significant sideeffects of this plant but Excessive or prolonged consumption of Guduchi can lead to Constipation, imbalance in blood sugar and increase in autoimmune diseases.
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