What is Guduchi?

Tinospora Cordifolia, which is also known as Guduchi or Giloy, is 1 of around 32 species of the Tinospora (Menispermaceae). A family of growing shrubs that grow through various tropical regions such as India, Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and the Pacific islands. Guduchi is a large, climbing shrub with a fleshy stem and coiled branches at high altitudes. It mainly produces green-yellow flowers throughout the summer and winter, followed by single-seeded fruits. The vine has nice-looking heart-shaped leaves. 

Guduchi or Tinospora Codifolia offers a wide range of health benefits that the plant has long been associated with the life-giving nectar of the gods. The ancient ayurvedic texts called it “Amrita,” meaning immortality. Guduchi is in high regard for this herb held in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia.

Guduchi in Ayurveda:

Guduchi has been revered as a healing herb in the ayurvedic tradition.

Like a trustworthy friend, it is dependable, consistent, and ready to help with various problems. It’s highly Sattvic, said to infuse the user with lightness, clarity, and uplifting energy.

Guduchi has a unique set of energetics that make it beneficial for all three Doshas, especially Vata Pitta. Its tastes Bitter, Astringent, and pungent, helping clear Pitta Kapha from the system. At the same time, it is Virya, which makes it a powerful detoxifier. Working to burn ama and remove the accumulated toxins from the Liver, Kidneys, joints, and blood. Guduchi’s vipaka or post-digestive effect is sweet and unctuous, balancing Vata and nourishing the body’s tissues and fluids.

Guduchi benefits and uses

The wide range that Guduchi can offer makes this herb a powerful multitasker.

Guduchi stands in the world of Ayurvedic herbs because of its ability to support many different organs, systems, and body functions. Its power lies in its capacity to rejuvenate the tissues while cleansing the whole system from Ama/built-up toxins.

Guduchi is known to support in the following ways:

  • Immune function: Guduchi is an adaptogenic herb, Guduchi can adapt to the body’s requirements and lessen the impacts of stress. Simultaneously promoting overall health and strengthening the immune system.
  • Liver health: Guduchi helps strengthen and regenerate the liver tissue, which allows the liver’s natural ability to eliminate toxins.
  • Joint health: Guduchi helps clear the toxins accumulated in the joints and strengthen the joint tissue, promoting joint comfort and function.
  • Skin health: Guduchi’s cooling and Pitta-balancing properties help relieve skin irritation and help promote a healthy but lustrous complexion.
  •  Digestion:  Guduchi strengthens and stimulates digestion while helping balance intestinal flora.
  • Metabolism and blood sugar: Guduchi helps maintain blood sugar levels stable and into the normal range and a balanced metabolic function.
  • Nervous system:  Nourishing and rejuvenating the nervous tissue, Guduchi promotes a sense of calmness.
  • Reproductive: it clears heat from the reproductive system while toning the reproductive tissues.

How to take Guduchi?

Because of Guduchi’s nature, it can be used to support many different aspects of health and well-being. This list of the many ways it can be taken according to some of the herb’s main benefits:

The traditional method for overall support (powder)

For an easy conventional method of enjoying Guduchi’s benefits, take ¼ -½ teaspoon of Guduchi powder once or twice daily. It can be mixed with warm water or incorporated into a Dosha-appropriate anupan or a carrier substance such as Honey, milk, or ghee.

Support for the immune system (jam)

For a tasty, immune-boosting tonic, take Chyawanprash, a traditional ayurvedic jam that contains Guduchi and other health-promoting herbs in a base of Ghee and honey.

Capsule

Take 250 mg/ 1 capsule twice daily with meals or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. 

Tincture 

Take around 5-10 ml once or twice daily and mix with warm or juice.

Is Guduchi safe?

Guduchi is a rejuvenation, adaptogenic herb generally considered safe for all Dosha’s, mainly Vata and Pitta. 

Contraindications:

Because of its powerful benefits to the immune system, Guduchi may cause overactivity of the immune function in the case of Autoimmune disease. It’s also best to use caution when taking medication to lower blood sugar levels.

For pregnant women, nursing, or other medication(s), it is highly recommended to speak with your Doctor or ayurvedic practitioner before taking Guduchi.