In day to day life, lifestyle diseases and infections are increasing. The main cause is the increasing population, climate changes, and many other environmental factors. Nature provides us an amazing herb that has the ability to fight with all the ailments. The herb is commonly known as Giloy / Guduchi / Amrita. It is a wonderful herb that possesses numerous medicinal properties and is famous with different names based on them. Its botanical name is Tinospora cordifolia. Other names of the herb are clearly provided in the following ancient verse:
गुडूची मधुपर्णी स्यादमृता अमृतवल्लरी।
छिन्ना छिन्नरूहा छिन्नोभ्द्वा वत्सादनीति च।
जीवन्ती तन्त्रिका सोमा सोमवल्ली च कुण्डली।
चक्रलक्षणिका धीरा विशल्या च रसायनी।
चन्द्रहासा वयस्था च मण्डली देवनिर्मिता
गुडूची कटुका तिक्ता स्वादुपाका रसायनी
(भावप्रकाश निघण्टु, गुडूच्यादिवर्गः 6-7-8)
This shloka indicates the synonyms of Giloy that are Guduchi, Madhuparni, Amrita, Amritvallari, Chhinna, Chhinnrooha, Chinnodbhava, Vatsaadini, Jivanti, Tantrika, Soma, Somvalli, Kundali, Chakralakshanika, Dhira , Vishalya, Rasaayni , Chandrahasa, Vayastha, Mandali, Devnirmita.
In the last phrase of Shloka, properties of the giloy are mentioned and these are:
Rasa (Taste)- Katu (pungent), tikta (bitter), and kashay (Astringent)
Guna (Physical property)-Laghu (Light)
Virya (potency)-Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka (post digestion effect) - Madhura (sweet)
Effect on tridosha- Pacifies all the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha)
संग्राहिणी कषायोष्णा लघ्वी बालया अग्निदीपिनी।
( भावप्रकाश निघण्टु, गुडूच्यादिवर्गः 9-10)
This Sanskrit verse is mentioned for the therapeutic actions of giloy, it aids in Indigestion, thirst, polyuria, gout, fever, cough, Skin disorders (like leprosy), worm infections, Diabetes, vomiting, hemorrhoids, Asthma and heart ailments.
Giloy Ghan (Extract of Giloy)
In Ayurveda, Ghan means Satva (extract). The giloy ghan vati is prepared from the standardized extract of giloy stem.
Method of preparation for Giloy extract
Take fresh giloy stem and cut into small pieces.
Crush and immense the stem in water and keep it away for a few hours.
After a few hours stain it well and heat it on a high flame to get the pure extract.
When it gets thick and becomes gel-like consistent, off the flame and allow it to cool.
Dry the obtained extract under the sunlight until all the moisture gets soaked.
Amazing health benefits of Giloy ghan vati
Giloy ghan vati possesses various health benefits. It balances the tridoshas (vata, pitta, kapha). Being unctuous, it controls the vata, being bitter and astringent it controls pitta and kapha dosha.
1. Acts as Antipyretic
In Ayurveda, fever is caused by the vitiation of pitta dosha in the body. As it balances the pitta dosha, hence, helpful in treating patients with high fever like typhoid, viral fevers, Dengue. It is effective in chronic fever also.
2. Works as Analgesic
It is very helpful in relieving pain. The reason behind all types of pains is vitiated Vata dosha. It pacifies Vata dosha and eliminates pain.
3. Maintains Respiratory health
Giloy ghan vati gives very good results in respiratory tract infections like cough, bronchial asthma, cold, etc due to its Kapha pacifying property. And the main cause behind the respiratory diseases is vitiated Kapha dosha.
4. Possesses Purgative and Anti helmintic propeerty
Being pittasarak , it helps in purgation and does deworming. It kills all the krimi (worms) from the body.
5. Modulates immunity
As it pacifies all the three doshas and maintains the normal functioning of the body. It boosts the immune system and acts as an immune modulator.
6. Sustains digestive health
Giloyghan vati is very helpful in maintaining a healthy digestive system. It regulates the secretion of digestive enzymes and prevents the body from diseases.
7. Helpful in Blood disorders
It is beneficial in patients with blood disorders. In Ayurveda, blood disorders (Rakta vikara) are caused due to pitta dosha vitiation. And Tinospora cordifolia balances pitta dosha and shows effective results in blood disorders.
8. Maintains normal blood sugar level
Giloyghan Vati is helpful in reducing blood sugar levels due to its high glucose tolerance power.
9. Helpful in Burning sensation (Daha prashaman)
In ayurveda, guduchi is mentioned in daha prasahaman. It is helpful in treating burning sensation due to its pitta pacifying property.
10. Function as a Rejuvenating herb (Vaya sthapana)
Giloy is mentioned in Vaya sthapan varga in the ancient literature. It pacifies the tridoshas and maintains the normal functioning of the body. It is also known as the best anti-ageing herb.
Hence, we can conclude that Giloyghan Vati removes all the toxins from the body, balances tridosha, and aids in the prevention and treatment of various acute as well as chronic diseases in a good manner. It possesses numerous health benefits and doesn't show any side effects. It even has the ability to rejuvenate the life of an individual, when used efficiently. Have it daily and stay away from numerous diseases intrinsically.
DR. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Pla
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