Giloy, also known as Amrita, is an herb that has heart-shaped leaves. Giloy improves immunity and can be used to manage fevers due to its antipyretic property. It also increases platelet count and might help in dengue fever. Giloy is beneficial for diabetic patients as it helps manage blood glucose levels. It also improves metabolism and is useful for weight management. Giloy is also used for various skin problems as it helps to remove toxins from the body.
What are the synonyms of Giloy?
Giloy is also known as Tinospora cordifolia, Guduchi, Madhuparni, Amruta, Amritavallari, Chhinnaruha, Chakra Lakshanika, Somvalli, Rasayani, Devnirmita, Gulvel, Vatsadani, Jwarari, Bahuchinna, Amrita.
Benefits of Giloy
1. Boosts Immunity
According to ayurveda, Giloy helps to boost your immunity due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property. Thus your body develops the tendency to fight back against all viral or bacterial infections and maintains sound internal health.
2. Manages Asthma and Cough
According to ayurveda, Giloy gives excellent results in Kapha related disorders like asthma, cough, and nasal allergy. It works on Kapha related problems in two ways: 1) Giloy helps balance Kapha due to its Ushna Virya property. 2) It also boosts the immune system to fight foreign particles due to its Rasayana property.
3. Reduces Fever
According to ayurveda, Giloy helps in reducing fever due to its Javarghana (antipyretic) property. As per Ayurveda, Ama (body toxins) and any foreign particle or organisms lead to high fever. Giloy helps reduce fever by improving digestion and absorption due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties, preventing Ama’s formation. It also improves immunity to fight foreign particles or organisms due to its Rasayana property.
4. Improves Digestion
According to ayurveda, Agnimandya (low digestive fire) is the main reason behind weak or poor digestion. Giloy helps to improve your digestion due to its Ushna (hot), Deepana (appetizer), and Pachana (digestion) properties. It helps to strengthen your Agni (digestive fire) and promote digestion while also enhancing your appetite.
5. Controls Hay fever
According to ayurveda, An allergy occurs due to the imbalance of Kapha and Ama’s (toxins) accumulation. Giloy prevents Ama’s formation due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) nature and balances Kapha. It also helps improves immunity due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties.
6. Manages Liver disease
According to ayurveda, Giloy improves metabolism and liver functions due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Giloy also inhibits degeneration and promotes new cell growth due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) quality.
7. Delays Diabetes Type 1 & Type 2 (symptoms)
According to ayurveda, Giloy helps control high blood sugar levels and various diabetic complications by improving digestion and absorption due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties, preventing Ama’s formation.
8. Manages Arthritis
In Ayurveda, Giloy or Guduchi is one of the useful herbs for treating arthritis. Ayurveda believes that Ama (body toxins)has the primary involvement in any type of arthritis. Giloy works to reduce Ama by improving digestion and absorption due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Giloy works on reducing Ama, thereby decreasing pain and swelling in the body.
Giloy plant is also known as an adaptogenic herb (manages stress hormone). It works by suppressing overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, thus reducing mental stress and anxiety. It exerts a calming effect on the mind.
According to Ayurveda, stress or anxiety occurs due to the involvement of aggravated Vata in the body. Giloy (Guduchi) has Vata balancing property. It helps reduce mental stress or anxiety and suppresses the hyperactive nervous system.
Yes, Giloy might be beneficial in fighting respiratory diseases due to certain constituents which possess antimicrobial property. It helps to combat respiratory infection-causing microbes keeping the respiratory system healthy.
In Ayurveda Respiratory problems generally occur due to an imbalance of Vata and Kapha dosha, which might sometimes obstruct the respiratory pathway by the formation and accumulation of mucus. Giloy helps to fight respiratory problems due to its Ushna (hot) and Vata-Kapha balancing properties. This helps to melt the mucus and clear all the obstructions resulting in normal breathing.
It is advisable to consult a doctor before taking Giloy if you have auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or other conditions. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system attacks the body, and Giloy is known to boost the immune system. When you take Giloy in case of auto-immune diseases, it may over-stimulate the immune system.
Giloy is useful in managing dengue fever. It has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic (that reduce fever) properties. Giloy during dengue helps in improving the immune system. It also helps in increasing platelet count. Together, it helps to manage dengue fever.
Giloy helps control high cholesterol levels in the body by improving the metabolism and eliminating toxins from the body responsible for high cholesterol. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer), Pachan (digestive) nature, and Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties.
Giloy is used in Vata rog like Gouty arthritis due to its Vata balancing and blood purifying actions.
Unhealthy food habits and lifestyles lead to a weak digestive fire, which increases Ama’s accumulation (body toxins), causing an imbalance in Meda dhatu, resulting in obesity. Giloy helps to improve the digestive fire and reduces Ama, which is the prime cause of obesity.
Although there is not enough scientific evidence on the direct use of Giloy for PCOS, it is said to improve individuals’ immunity dealing with PCOS.
Giloy is beneficial for the skin in many ways. Giloy has wound healing property due to certain compounds like phenolic compounds, glycosides, steroids, etc. It works by increasing the healing tissue’s tensile strength, which leads to collagen production and contraction of the wound. This helps in faster healing of the wound. Giloy also helps to manage insect and snake bites.
According to ayurveda, Skin problems might occur due to an imbalance of any of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), leading to inflammation, dryness, itching, or skin irritation. Giloy helps to manage all these skin problems due to its Tridosha (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) balancing, Snigdha (oily), Kashaya (astringent), and Ropana (healing) properties. This leads to healthy and disease-free skin.
Giloy might help manage breast cancer because of its anti-proliferative (used to inhibit cell growth) property. Rutin and quercetin present in Giloy inhibit cell proliferation and breast cancer cells’ growth due to its anti-cancer property.
According to ayurveda, Giloy might reduce the risk of cancer by balancing Vata-Pitta-Kapha and controlling cancer cells’ growth and spread. Giloy also prevents cell damage due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property.
Giloy helps to maintain overall health. According to Ayurveda, Giloy can help control high blood pressure, which results due to digestive problems. Giloy improves metabolism and helps maintain a sound digestive system that helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure levels.
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