10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Giloy
This post aims at rediscovering the health benefits of a herb called ‘giloy’. The scientific name of giloy is Tinospora cordifolia. It is an important part of Ayurveda and is also called ‘guduchi’. Since ancient times, this herb is being termed as ‘Amrit’ meaning nectar and is being used in several Ayurvedic medicines. It is known to balance the tridoshas ie, vata, pita and kapha according to Ayurveda. Let us know more about the health benefits of Giloy.
The part of the this plant that is used the most is the stem.
The medicinal properties of giloy are as follows:
Giloy has so many medicinal benefits due to the presence of volatile oils, alkaloids, lucosides, and fatty acids.
Health benefits offered by giloy
1) Helpful in radiation treatment
In a study done, it was found that giloy can help in preventing the negative side effects associated with radiation treatment. Though the study was done on mice, the study shows that giloy can prevent infertility issues in men who go in for radiation treatment.
2) Helps HIV patients
People suffering from HIV or autoimmune disorders can be benefitted with this herb. A study has been conducted and it has been found that about 60% of patients suffering with HIV have witnessed a reduction in disease related symptoms when given giloy. This shows that giloy can ward off the side effects associated with HIV and other immune disorders.
3) Helps in boosting immunity
Giloy is antioxidant in nature and boosts immunity by increasing the efficiency of white blood cells. It helps in detoxifying the kidneys and liver. Being antioxidant in nature it protects free radical damage. It fights a lot of infections and bacteria that causes diseases.
4) It helps in treating arthritis and gout
5) Helps treating fever
Giloy is antipyretic in nature and this helps in treating fever. It is helpful in treating dengue fever as it increases the count of blood platelets. It is alo helpful in treating malaria.
6) It is good for digestive health
Giloy is good for treating ailments connected with digestion. It works really well when taken along with Indian gooseberry.
7) Helps treat type 2 diabetes
According to studies done, it has been found that giloy is capable of reducing blood sugar and lipid levels. Thus, it helps in treating type 2 diabetes. But you have be careful if you are already taking medicines for diabetes. If you happen to consume giloy along with the medicines, it may further reduce the blood glucose levels. So, it would be better if take the doctor’s advice.
8) Relieves stress and anxiety
This herb helps in alleviating mental stress and anxiety. It is also known to promote memory and remove brain toxins. Being antioxidant in nature, it is known as an anti-aging herb.
9) Good for treating respiratory trouble
Giloy helps in decongesting the lungs and treating asthma and cough.
10) Treats skin disorders
When giloy juice is mixed with amla and neem it helps in treating pimples, acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Points to be noted
Though giloy is beneficial in treating several health conditions, it has not yet been approved by the FDA. It is known to have side effects like constipation and should not be taken without the advice of a doctor. It is most often prescribed in Ayurveda. If you have any existing health issues, do discuss with your doctor. If you are pregnant or lactating, you should consume this herb under the supervision of a doctor.