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Botanical Name: Tinospora Cordifolia  
Family: Menispermaceae

Description :

A large, glabrous deciduous climbing shrub. The stems are rather succulent with long filiform fleshy aerial roots form the branches. The bark is gray brown and watery. The leaves are membranous and cordate. The flowers small and greenish yellow. This herb is found throughout tropical asia ascending to a height of 300 mts. 

Stems -  Fleshy
Roots - long thread like, aerial,arise from branches.
Bark -  Thin, greyish or creamy white in colour, when peeled fleshy stem is exposed.
Leaves - Cordate (heart shaped), membranous, juicy.
Flowers - Bloom during summer
Male flower - Small, yellow or green coloured occur in clusters.
Female flower - Occur singly.
Fruits - Pea shaped, fleshy, shiny turn red when boiled. Occur in winter
Seeds - curved, pea sized.

Part Used: Stems, Roots

Healing power and curative properties:

Immunity Disorders :

Giloy or Amrita carries anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. This herb has been used in Ayurvedic rasayanas since centuries which is very helpful in building up the immune system and the body's confrontation against definite infecting organisms. In a scientific study conducted using human WBC (white blood corpuscles), the Ayurvedic herb helps in increasing the killing ability of macrophages, the resistant cells those are accountable for fighting foreign materials as well as microorganisms

Stomach Ulcer:

Giloy use for soothing inflamed and injured mucous membranes in the digestive tract. This herb protect the stomach and duodenum by increasing production of mucin, a substance that protects the lining of these organs against stomach acid and other harmful substances.

Urinary disorder :

This herb is used in urinary affections. The juice of the roots is very much effective in Urinary problems.

Mental Disorder :

The whole plant and the juice of the leaves is traditionally used in various mental disorders. This is regarded as one of the best psychotropic drugs in India.

Other uses :
There are many uses of Tinospora cordifolia. The stem is used in conditions like generalized weakness , dyspepsia, pyrexias of unknown origin (fevers), swine flu and many urinary tract infections. The bitter properties present in the drug show antiperiodic and antispasmodic properties which is again helpful in preventing swine flu.

It is also used as an immune-modulator in immune-suppression of certain ailments like as obstructive jaundice, hepatic fibrosis, peritonitis and sepsis. The Tinospora or Giloy or amrita has been exposed very effective in preventing fibrous changes and promoting regeneration of the liver against CCl4 induced hepatic toxicity.

The herb is also used in stomach ulcer, urinary affections, vitalizer and remedy for diabetes and metabolic disorders.

Studies on induced oedema and arthritis and on human arthritis proved anti-inflammatory potency of the water extract of plant. It also has antipyretic action. This drug relaxes the intestinal and uterine smooth muscles. It is proved effective in prevention of fibrosis and in stimulating regeneration in hepatic tissue.

Ayurvedic supplements that contains Giloy  :
Giloy Capsules
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Giloy Powder
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