The medical system of Ayurveda finds its roots in the Indian subcontinent. Various ayurvedic therapies have evolved greatly over more than 2 millennia. This auspicious system of healing employs the usage of herbs, minerals, and metal substances.
One such natural medicinal substance is Tinospora Cordifolia or Giloy. Various benefits of Giloy account for its usage in Indian medicine for ages. In Sanskrit, Giloy is referred to as “Amrita” which means “the root of immortality”. This sheds a light on the multitudes of the healing properties of this herb. Both the stem and root of this plant can be optimized for utility. The FDA or the Food and Drug Administration has approved the benefits of Giloy.
Ayurvedic experts promote the consumption of Giloy in the form of powder and capsules. Many times, patients consume Giloy with suitable juices for added benefits and nutrition. Giloy is so versatile that people have found its application in ayurvedic medicinal drinks called “kadha”.
Here are some health benefits of Giloy that can have a positive impact on your daily life.
Giloy helps in the reduction of joint pain and inflammations that arise due to arthritis. It reduces substances that cause inflammation and help in managing the pain. Doctors suggest that arthritis patients can consume the powder obtained from the Giloy stem and boil it in milk. It can be consumed with ginger to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Giloy is a universal herb. It helps to boost the immune system as it has an immense supply of antioxidants. The antioxidants fight free radicals to keep your body revitalized. When your body is equipped to fight diseases, Giloy also works to remove toxic substances and bacteria that can cause diseases. Moreover, Giloy can fight more complex diseases like the ones related to the liver and some urinary tract infections. Experts and ayurvedic doctors use it as an ingredient for medicines used to treat problems of the heart and reproductive system too.
In India, Giloy is often applied externally to the eyes. When gilt is boiled in water and cooled, a paste is formed that can be applied to eyelids. This helps in boosting vision and providing clarity. If consumed internally, Giloy is known to have a direct effect on cognitive functions due to its positive impact on the nervous system.
Giloy can also help you get rid of fevers that are the asymptomatic response of your body when it is being attacked by pathogens. The herb has certain antipyretic in nature. This means that when someone contracts life-threatening conditions like Malaria, dengue, or Swine flu, their body might experience recurrent fevers. In such conditions substances like Giloy, which have antipyretic properties, can lower these severe symptoms.
When it comes to bowel-related issues, experts often suggest patients consume Giloy in powder or capsule form. As per nutritionists, you can safely consume half a gram of Giloy powder with some amla for added benefits and maximizing positive results. If you don’t like amla, you can add jaggery to the powder. Not only the latter act as a wonder against constipation, but the sweetness aids the liking towards the medicine (especially for kids).
Doctors and herbal experts have time and again propagated the hypoglycaemic properties of Giloy. This largely means that Giloy can help treat certain types of diabetes that are prevalent among the masses, particularly type 2 diabetes. The juice of Giloy can help reduce spiking levels of sugar in your blood. This way it works wonders for diabetic patients if consumed consistently under expert supervision.
The herbs that are used as stress relievers are called adaptogenic herbs. Giloy is a well-known adaptogenic herb that is widely used to relieve stress and lower anxiety levels. This happens due to natural chemicals in Giloy that help your body to get rid of toxic substances. Further, it can help boost memory and positively impacts the nervous system by boosting neurotransmitters. When combined with other herbs, a beneficial Giloy based health tonic can be prepared.
Experts have established that Giloy has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. This helps in combating respiratory problems like tonsils, cough, and cold. It has proved to be effective in cases of severe diseases like chronic cough and bronchitis. The properties of Giloy are such that it helps in soothing the mucous membranes of the respiratory tracts and hence managing infections efficiently.
People often use Giloy to reduce blemishes, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging on their skin. It helps the coagulation of toxins that cause pimples on your skin. Thanks to various flavonoids, Giloy helps in combating cell damage and simultaneously generating new cells of your skin. This triggers collagen production and helps control the aging process of your skin.
Patients with asthma can witness chest tightness, aggressive coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. As Giloy has anti-inflammatory properties, such a condition that is very difficult to manage can be kept under control. Experts suggest that Giloy juice should be taken by asthmatic patients under the supervision of their medical practitioners. This herb can do wonders in difficult respiratory diseases if monitored carefully.
Giloy is generally deemed as a natural and safe ayurvedic herb. However one should vary the fact that Giloy can cause blood sugar levels to dip. Hence diabetic patients should carefully monitor their blood sugar levels while consuming Giloy. Experts suggest pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid any consumption of Giloy.
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