The Herbal Gift Called ‘Giloy’


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Content by Saakshi Kumar

Ancient Herb Series Giloy (also known as ‘Guduchi or Amrita means Elixir) is a herb known for its immunity boosting properties. It has been used for various applications in Ayurveda and has gained popularity as an anti- cancer drug (4). It has also shown benefits in managing diabetes, better glucose metabolism and supporting the immune system. Giloy, an adaptogen, has also been proven to help with inflammation. Perhaps the most potent effect Giloy has is on its ability to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. A study showed that supplementation of 300 mg of water extract of giloy three times a day (for 8 weeks) resolved nasal congestion completely in 2/3rd of the subjects with allergic rhinitis. (1). Using Giloy as a supplement has shown immense anti-allergic benefits. The plant may be a phytoandrogen. This means it could protect the body against DNA damage because of the environment and radiation (2). This is why Giloy is recommended to be used during cancer treatment as per Ayurveda. How to take? There are many Giloy supplements these days. These are made from the bitter water extract of the stem. Ayurveda recommends Giloy to be consumed processed with ghee and ginger also known as Amrit Ghrita. The recommended amount is 10-15 gm a day. It should be taken with a meal. References 1. Badar VA, Thawani VR, Wakode PT, Shrivastava MP, Gharpure KJ, Hingorani LL, Khiyani RM. Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis. J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jan 15;96(3):445-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2004.09.034. Epub 2004 Nov 23. PMID: 15619563. 2. Kalikar MV, Thawani VR, Varadpande UK, Sontakke SD, Singh RP, Khiyani RK. Immunomodulatory effect of Tinospora cordifolia extract in human immuno-deficiency virus positive patients. Indian J Pharmacol. 2008 Jun;40(3):107-10. doi: 10.4103/0253-7613.42302. PMID: 20040936; PMCID: PMC2792597. 3. Bapat RD, Rege NN, Koti RS, Desai NK, Dahanukar SA. Can we do away with PTBD? HPB Surg. 1995;9(1):5-11. doi: 10.1155/1995/90362. PMID: 8857447; PMCID: PMC2443756. 4. Rumana Ahmad, A.N. Srivastava, Mohsin Ali Khan. Evaluation of in vitro anticancer activity of stem of Tinospora cordifolia against human breast cancer and Vero cell lines. Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies 2015; 3(4): 33-37
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