By: Pallavi Vathiar. Practicing Clinical Nutritionist, Mumbai.
Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages.” In Sanskrit, Giloy is known as ‘Amrita’, which literally translates to ‘the root of immortality’, because of its abundant medicinal properties and helps boost immunity. It has heart-shaped leaves that resemble betel leaves.
Giloy powder, Kadha (tea) or tablets can also be used for various skin problems as it helps to remove toxins from the body. You can apply Giloy leaf paste on the skin to fasten the wound healing process as it helps increases collagen production and skin regeneration (1-4).
Giloy is useful in managing dengue fever. It has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic (that reduce fever) properties. Regular intake of Giloy during dengue helps in improving the immune system. It also helps in increasing platelet count. Together, it helps to manage dengue fever (4,5).
Giloy reduces the symptoms of Hay fever which is also known as allergic rhinitis. It reduces the symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal itching, nasal obstruction. It also increases the count of the leukocytes (white blood cells) to fight against infection (6,7).
Giloy might be useful in managing diabetes by improving blood glucose levels. It also helps to manage diabetes-related complications such as ulcers, wounds, kidney damage due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (2).
Liver injury due to an overdose of alcohol can be managed by using Guduchi Satwa, an Ayurvedic formulation prepared from Giloy. It acts by lowering total cholesterol level in the liver. It also improves the level of antioxidant enzymes (reduces damage by free radicals) and oxidative-stress markers thereby enhancing overall liver function (8).
Giloy might be useful in managing breast cancer because of its anti-proliferative property. Rutin and quercetin present in Giloy inhibit cell proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells due to its anti-cancer property. It also changes the expression of apoptotic genes and induces apoptosis (cell death) in breast cancer cells (9).
Giloy might be beneficial for the management of pain and inflammation in arthritis. Giloy suppresses arthritic inflammation by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (molecules that promote inflammation). In case of auto-immune disease, the body’s own immune system attacks the body and Giloy is known to boost the immune system (6).