Hook. f. & Thoms. (Menispermaceae)
grows throughout tropical India, ascending to an
altitude of 300m.
is a large, glabrous, deciduous climbing shrub. The
stems are rather succulent with long
filiform fleshy aerial roots
from the branches. The bark is grey-brown and warty; the
leaves are membranous and cordate;
the flowers, small, yellow or greenish yellow, in
axillary and terminal
racemes or racemose
panicles; the male flowers clustered and females usually
solitary; the drupes are ovoid, glossy, succulent, red
and pea-sized; the seeds curved.
tinosporidine, columbin, and
Glucoside- giloin, Bitter principles, Alkaloid-tinosporin,
The stem is used in general debility, dyspepsia,
fevers and urinary diseases. The bitter principles present in
the drug show antiperiodic,
antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. The
plant is used in Ayurvedic rasayanas to improve the immune
system and the body's resistance against infections. It is used
as an immunomodulator in
immunosuppressant of obstructive jaundice, hepatic fibrosis,
peritonitis and sepsis. The plant has been found effective in
preventing fibrous changes and promotes regeneration of the
liver against CCl4 induced hepato
Uses: Liver damage- viral
hepatitis, poisoning- alcohol, drugs, chemicals. useful in
repairing fibrosis and regenerating liver tissue1. Applied in
all conditions of aggravated ranjakapitta and pitta in the
JOINTS: Gout, arthritis and other inflammatory joint
conditions2. It acts by clearing the accumulated toxins and uric
acid out through the urinary system.
IMMUNITY: All auto-immune disease causing inflammation.
Applicable in degenerative diseases- cancer, AIDS, arthritis etc
as it boosts the immune system3.
SKIN: Eczema, psoriasis, SLE. Specific for burning
sensations on the skin (daha)4.
GIT: Regulates the bowel-
dysentery. Useful in floral imbalance, 'Candida'. Used to
stimulate raktadhatvagni and strengthen digestion in pitta
METABOLIC: Regulates blood sugar levels-
hypoglycemia. Regulates Vata and the nervous system.
REPRODUCTIVE: Its ability to clear heat is applied when
sexual dysfunction is caused by a hyper- heat condition. Often
used in formulas for male sexual dysfunction caused by pitta
Stem and root. Each part has a different therapeutic value and must be
prepared in its own way for maximum benefits.
Traditional Ayurvedic Uses:
Considered the best herb for clearing the microcirculatory system and
other bodily channels (Shrotas). It is especially effective and unique
in its ability to remove both exogenous and endogenous toxins (from
external and internal sources). Therefore it is very often included in
comprehensive Ayurvedic formulas, since such toxins interfere with all
bodily functions and are a factor in almost all diseases. It clears out
brain toxins that hinder mental activity.
Guduchi also has a direct Medhya Rasayana effect, which means that it
enhances all aspects of mind power, including comprehension (Dhi),
memory (Dhriti) and recollection (Smriti).
Because of its ability to cleanse the channels, it aids delivery of
nutrients from your foods and from the herbs in a formula.
Guduchi balances and purifies fat tissue, to make fats easier to break
down. Fats are an important raw material for building healthy bones.
Guduchi also aids all other aspects of healthy
metabolism (the 13
It aids digestion, assimilation and proper formation of all the bodily
tissues (7 Dhatus).
helps balance liver function and aids proper assimilation.
aids purification of the urinary tract and intestines, by balancing
lubrication (Shleshaka Kapha) and the downward energy of the body (Apana
supporting proper function of Shleshaka Kapha, Guduchi also aids proper
communication and coordination between all the various cells and their
many related functions for better overall health. This has the added
benefit of nourishing the mind-body connection and enhances the psychoneuro immune response (called the PNI).
Guduchi is also a powerful Rasayana (longevity enhancer) even by itself,
but especially when combined with complementary herbs. It increases the
quality and quantity of Ojas, the master coordinator between mind and
body. It helps consciousness slide into the physiology and aids
development of full potential.
Guduchi has another rare effect -- it balances all three laws of the
physiology (Vata, Pitta,
Kapha) at the same time.
Guduchi has a Keshya effect, which means that it directly nourishes the
hair for better quality and strength.
Guduchi has now been researched to verify its powerful immunomodulatory
effects, meaning that it enhances overall immune function.
you cut a fresh sprig of Guduchi from the tree and hang it from a cord
in the air, it will continue to grow without any visible means of
support, gathering its life energy from the five elements in its
environment. This makes it very valuable for its ability to bring life
into the body. For this reason it is sometimes called Amrita, the
Sanskrit word for immortality.
Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
Virya (action): Heating
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Light, Unctuous
Dosha effect: VPK=, primarily VP-
Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, Blood, Muscle, Fat
Srota (channel): Circulatory, Digestive
Deepaniya- increases appetite, Trishnanigrahan- quenches
thirst, Rasayana- rejuvenative, Medhya- nerve tonic,
Jwarahara- reduces fevers, Amanashak- destroys toxins,
Amavataghna- reliever of gout/arthritis, Raktashodhana-
cleans the blood, Sukrashodhana- purifier of sperm.
(Charaka, Sushruta, Ashtanga Hridaya)
3 Thatte 1988 cited in Tillotson
4 Charaka Samhita, Bhavaprakash.
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