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Latin Name

English Name

Sanskrit Names

Hindi Names

Tinospora cordifolia
(Willd.) Miers ex
Hook. f. & Thoms. (Menispermaceae)

Tinospora Gulancha

Guduchi,
Amrutha

Giloy,
Gurcha

 

 

 Habitat  |  Morphology Description (Habit)  |  Principal Constituents  |

Indications  |   Product Range

 

 

Habitat

It grows throughout tropical India, ascending to an altitude of 300m.

Morphology Description (Habit)

T.cordifolia 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.

Principal Constituents

Tinsporine, tinosporide, tinosporaside, cordifolide, cordifol, heptacosanol, clerodane furano diterpene, diterpenoid furanolactone tinosporidine, columbin, and ▀-sitosterol.

Constituents
Glucoside- giloin, Bitter principles, Alkaloid-tinosporin, protoberberine alkaloids

Indications

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 toxicity.

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 blood.

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- constipation, hemorrhoids, dysentery. Useful in floral imbalance, 'Candida'. Used to stimulate raktadhatvagni and strengthen digestion in pitta types.

METABOLIC: Regulates blood sugar levels- diabetes and 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 imbalance.

Contraindications: Caution in pregnancy

Product Range

 

 

Parts Used:

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 Agnis). It aids digestion, assimilation and proper formation of all the bodily tissues (7 Dhatus).

It helps balance liver function and aids proper assimilation.

It aids purification of the urinary tract and intestines, by balancing lubrication (Shleshaka Kapha) and the downward energy of the body (Apana Vata).

By 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.

When 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.

Ayurvedic Energetics
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

Ayurvedic Action
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)

Source
1 Tillotson
2 Bhavaprakasha
3 Thatte 1988 cited in Tillotson
4 Charaka Samhita, Bhavaprakash.


 

 

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