Giloy Mate!

Giloy or Guduchi or Gaduchi, also known as Tinospora cordifolia is one of the most valued Ayurvedic remedies that is used for treating a wide range of diseases. In India, the herb is commonly referred to as ‘Amrith,’ the Sanskrit word for ‘immortality.’

While the herb lacks immortality features and comes with a bitter taste, Ayurvedic experts classify it as an indispensable remedy to soothe vata, pitta, and kapha.

Giloy comes with a special ability to eliminate toxins and nourish the body. From boosting one’s immunity to reducing stress, check out the numerous benefits of this potent herb!

1. Anti-Inflammatory

Giloy has been traditionally used for treating arthritis as it excels at anti-inflammatory actions. Due to its unique properties, it has been proved capable of significantly constraining acute inflammatory response when ingested orally as an extract. Furthermore, the herb also offers a mild analgesic effect that has the potential to soothe chronic pain.

2. Anti-Allergic

Giloy is excellent at treating allergies and alleviating their symptoms such as nasal discharge, sneezing, and coughing. It has also been traditionally used for treating asthma. For urbanites, it is a potent natural way to combat pollution as well.

3. Boosts Immune System

Due to its ability to trigger a strong response in one’s immune system, Giloy can help you balance the doshas and prevent infections and diseases from taking over your body.

However, this may turn out counterproductive when a person is suffering from an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Antioxidant Activity

Giloy boasts of antioxidant properties and presents an excellent solution for cleansing the body of toxins and preventing oxidative stress diseases.

There are several studies of its capability to act as an antioxidant source and be used as a supplement to treat and prevent a wide range of medical conditions.

How Can I Use It?

Giloy is commonly available in capsule form or as a powder that you can add to your favorite dishes or drinks. It is also now available as an herbal juice and can be equally potent.

To get the most out of its effects, it is suggested to pair it up with Ashwagandha or Shatavari.

Final Word

With dozens of uses in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Giloy has grown to be a well-established and highly recognized herb. Due to its unrivaled antioxidant activity and healing properties, the herb is used for treating a vast span of ailments. Since the research has finally backed up these claims, now is the perfect time to get Giloy and use it to nourish your body.

– Amit Vaidya

Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit. 


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