“Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages”, says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. In Sanskrit, Giloy is known as ‘Amrita', which literally translates to ‘the root of immortality', because of its abundant medicinal properties. “The stem of Giloy is of maximum utility, but the root can also be used. Its benefits and uses have even been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)”, adds Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath adds, “Giloy can be consumed in the form of juice, powder or capsules”. Many people inlcude giloy in traditional kadhas as well. Here are some of the health benefits of giloy that you must know.
Here are 10 benefits of giloy, why this root deserves your attention:
1. Boosts Immunity
Dr. Ashutosh says, “Giloy is a universal herb that helps boost immunity”. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants which fight free-radicals, keep your cells healthy and get rid of diseases. Giloy helps remove toxins, purifies blood, fights bacteria that causes diseases and also combats liver diseases and urinary tract infections. “Giloy is used by experts in treating heart related conditions, and is also found useful in treating infertility”.
2. Treats Chronic Fever
Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath says, “Giloy helps get rid of recurrent fevers. Since Giloy is anti-pyretic in nature, it can reduce signs and symptoms of several life threatening conditions like Dengue, Swine Flu and Malaria as well”.
3. Improves Digestion
“Giloy is very beneficial in improving digestion and treating bowel related issues”, says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Tip: You can take half a gram of giloy powder with some amla regularly to maximize results, or with jaggery for treating constipation.
4. Treats Diabetes
According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, “Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes (particularly Type 2 diabetes)”. Giloy juice helps reduce high levels of blood sugar and works wonders.
Benefits of giloy: Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes
5. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Did you know Giloy can be used as an adaptogenic herb as well? It helps reduce mental stress as well as anxiety. It helps get rid of toxins, boosts the memory, calms you down and makes for an excellent health tonic if combined with other herbs.
6. Fights Respiratory Problems
Dr. Ashutosh further adds, “Giloy is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and helps reduce respiratory problems like frequent cough, cold, tonsils”.
7. Treats Arthritis
“Giloy contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that help treat arthritis and its several symptoms. For joint pain, the powder from giloy stem can be boiled with milk and consumed”, says Dr. Ashutosh. It can be used along with ginger to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Benefits of giloy: Giloy juice contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties
8. Reduces Asthmatic Symptoms
Asthma causes chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. which makes it very difficult to treat such a condition. “Chewing on giloy root or drinking giloy juice helps asthma patients and is often recommended by experts”, adds Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.
9. Improves Vision
In several parts of India, Giloy plant is applied to the eyes as it helps boost vision clarity. All you need to do, is boil Giloy powder in water, let it cool down and apply over the eyelids.
10. Reduces Signs Of Aging
Giloy plant contains anti-aging properties that help reduce dark spots, pimples, fine lines and wrinkles. It gives you that flawless, glowing skin you've always wanted.
Benefits of giloy: Giloy is applied to the eyes as it helps boost vision clarity.
Note: There are no serious side-effects of consuming Giloy since it is a natural and safe herbal remedy. However, in some cases - the use of Giloy can cause constipation and lower blood sugar levels. So if you are diabetic and have been consuming Giloy on a long-term basis, monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. Also, avoid Giloy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.