GILOY: TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA
by Dr Vaid Ji on Oct 26, 2023
Giloy, scientifically known as Tinospora cordifolia, is a remarkable herb deeply rooted in Ayurvedic medicine. With a rich history spanning centuries, it has earned the title of "Amrita" or the "root of immortality" due to its potent healing properties
Giloy is a deciduous, climbing shrub that belongs to the Menispermaceae family. It is predominantly found in the tropical regions of India, as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. This herb is characterized by heart-shaped leaves and aerial roots, which give it a distinct appearance.
PROPERTIES OF GILOY:
Giloy possesses an impressive array of properties that make it a valuable asset in traditional medicine:
- Rasa (Taste): It is bitter and astringent in taste.
- Guna (Quality): It is light and dry.
- Virya (Potency): It has ushna virya, meaning it has a heating potency.
- Vipaka (Metabolic Property): It undergoes madhura vipaka, which means it has a sweet taste conversion after digestion.
- Dosha (Ayurvedic Humor): It balances all three doshas, particularly pacifying pitta and kapha doshas.
- Dhatu (Tissue): It primarily acts on the rakta (blood) and majja (bone marrow) dhatus.
BENEFITS OF GILOY:
Giloy is a versatile herb known for its numerous health benefits:
- Immunity Booster: One of its most celebrated attributes is its ability to enhance the immune system. It stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells, thereby improving the body's defense mechanisms
- Anti-Inflammatory: Giloy contains anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in managing conditions like arthritis and gout.
- Antioxidant: It is rich in antioxidants that help in scavenging free radicals, reducing oxidative stress, and delaying the aging process.
- Antipyretic: Giloy is traditionally used to reduce fever and alleviate symptoms of various febrile illnesses.
- Adaptogen: It acts as an adaptogen, aiding the body in adapting to stress and promoting overall well-being.
- Detoxifier: It purifies the blood and helps eliminate toxins from the body.
BENEFITS IN DISEASES:
Giloy has been extensively used in Ayurveda to manage and treat various diseases:
- Fever: Giloy is considered one of the best natural remedies for reducing fever. It is especially beneficial in cases of dengue and malaria
- Respiratory Disorders: It can be helpful in conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and chronic cough by improving lung function.
- Diabetes: Some studies suggest that Giloy may help in regulating blood sugar levels.
- Arthritis: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Digestive Disorders: It aids in digestion, reduces hyperacidity, and is effective in managing irritable bowel syndrome.
- Skin Disorders: Giloy can improve skin health and help in conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and other skin allergies.
- Liver Health: It supports liver function and is used in the management of liver disorders.
- Cancer: Some research indicates that Giloy may have anti-cancer properties, but more studies are needed in this regard.
EFFECTS ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA:
According to Ayurvedic principles, Giloy has the following effects on the body:
- Balancing Doshas: It helps balance all three doshas, but it is particularly effective in pacifying pitta dosha due to its cooling and soothing properties.
- Enhancing Ojas: Giloy is known to enhance ojas, which is the subtle essence of all the body's tissues. This enhances vitality and overall health.
- Ama-Pachana: It aids in the digestion and elimination of ama (toxins) from the body.
- Rasayana: Giloy acts as a rejuvenating herb, promoting longevity and vitality.