What is Giloy and What are its Benefits?
Unknown to many, hence a well-guarded secret of Ayurveda, Guduchi or Giloy is a wonder-drug (more like a wonder-herb!). One would be pleasantly surprised to know that a single herb could harbour that many health benefits.
Indigenous to the tropical areas of India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Giloy is a herbaceous vine of the family Menispermaceae, which is essentially a glabrous, climbing shrub. Tinospora Cordifolia has been in use in Ayurveda for eons now. It means ‘Amrita’ in Sanskrit, which is the literal translation for ‘the root of immortality’ – courtesy its abundant medicinal properties. And boy, has it earned it.
Goodness of Giloy
Bio-chemical substances like steroids, flavonoids, lignans, and carbohydrates comes plentiful in this herb which makes it immensely useful in the manufacturing of both Ayurvedic and Modern medicines.
- Immunity Booster
Its primary function is its role in boosting immunity. The antioxidants present not only fight free-radicals and remove toxins from the system, but also help in the upkeep of the liver and kidneys.
Being antipyretic in nature, it increases the count of your blood platelets and helps in alleviating symptoms of dengue, fever and malaria.
- Eases digestion
Giloy is a digestive. Resultantly, it comes in handy for people suffering from piles or constipation.
- Hypoglycaemic agent
This Ayurvedic herb is a proven effective medicine for people suffering from Diabetes. India being the Diabetes capital of the world, Giloy can benefit millions.
- Relieves Asthma
Symptoms ranging from chest tightness to wheezing – it is a one-stop remedy for all respiratory issues.
- Anti-ageing agent
Giloy helps in keeping wrinkles, pimples and fine lines at bay, and renders your skin its youthful sheen.
Hang on, that’s not all. In addition to all the above, Giloy also gives a boost to libido. In other words, it acts as an aphrodisiac. Is there anything this herb cannot do?