WHAT IS GILOY? Details, Benefits, Uses

INTRODUCTION

Giloy plant is an Ayurvedic medicinal plant that has been used extensively in Indian medicine for ages. Giloy or Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia Miers.) is a rejuvenating herb for the body. The plant is also known as Gilo, Guduchi (Hindi), Amrita (Sanskrit) and has other names which vary in accordance with the location. It is an herbaceous vine of the family Neisseriaceae native to the tropical areas of India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. Giloy is found particularly in tropical regions of India.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

A large extensively spread glabrous, perennial deciduous twiner with succulent stems and papery bark; leaves are simple and commonly 7 to 9 nerved.

The flowers are yellow with a tint of green and the they are unisexual. The surface of the stems is closely studded with warty tubercles and the surface skin is longitudinally cracked. On the removal of the surface skin, the dark greenish stem can be seen. 

Fruits are orangish in color and can be found in clusters of 1 to 3.

ECOLOGY

According to a recent experiment, analysis and findings, the report clearly indicates that 29 endophytes were present in the collected samples of Tinospora cordifolia which is linked to different taxa. According to the conclusion of a study, this plant is capable of destroying effects caused by Oriental leafworm moth, a polyphagous pest which scientifically termed as Cpodoptera Litura.

TRADITIONAL USES OF GILOY

It is widely used as an Indian ayurvedic medicine for treating diabetes. The stem is used in the treatment of debility, dyspepsia, fever and urinary disease and root is known for its anti-stress, anti-leprotic and anti-malarial issues. Multiple uses of the plant have attracted local people for its collection.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GILOY

It is used as an Indian Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of jaundice, diabetes rheumatoid arthritis. Giloy helps remove toxins, purifies blood, fights bacteria that causes diseases and also treat urinary infections.

It is known for boosting immunity levels and also for curing digestion-related issues. The juice of Giloy is excellent for maintaining a stable level of blood pressure. It helps reduce mental health issues as well as anxiety. It helps get rid of toxins, boosts the memory, calms you down and is supported as a great health tonic for ages. Giloy is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and helps to cure respiratory problems like frequent cough, cold, tonsils. The anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties of this herb helps to treat arthritis and its several symptoms.

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