Giloy: The Immortal Herb

Giloy: The Immortal Herb

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries as a natural way to promote overall health and vitality.  Often called Guduchi, Amrita, or Giloe, ancient Ayurvedic texts speak highly of Giloy’s immune-boosting powers and other health benefits that contribute to longevity. In fact, “Amrita” literally means “immortality” in English. It is considered a rasayana, or rejuvenating herb that works on several organs and systems in the body and has been used in a wide range of health conditions.

Charaka, a well-known Ayurvedic sage, considered Giloy, or Guduchi, to be part of a group of herbs that were medhya rasayana, or plants that enhance cognitive functions and help improve memory. Today, modern scientists have identified active compounds in the plant, such as alkaloids, glycosides and lactones, that provide Giloy with the ability to regulate the immune system and physiological functions [1].

Giloy is a climbing shrub that grows in various tropical regions such as India, Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. While the stem of the plant is the most commonly used part, the roots, bark, leaves, and fruits can also provide benefits. At Potion, we are dedicated to using the whole plant in our products for whole-body maximum benefits.

Giloy is unique among other herbs because it supports a wide range of organs, systems, and bodily functions. It can be used to rejuvenate and strengthen tissues while also cleansing the entire body of toxins. Research suggests that Giloy may even possess a preventative role in cancer [2]. Some of the most common medical uses include:

  • Boosting immunity
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Supporting digestive health
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Reducing stress [3]

A wide range of therapeutic properties makes Giloy beneficial for all three doshas. It is especially balancing for vata and pitta. Its bitter, astringent, and pungent taste, or rasa, helps clear pitta and kapha from the system while also providing a heating action that detoxifies the body. Giloy is unusual in that it heats while simultaneously removing excess pitta from the body. This heat burns toxins and balances all doshas. Its post-digestive effect helps regulate vata and nourish the body.

With a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, Giloy’s diverse range of benefits makes it an excellent choice for those looking to support their immune system, promote overall health and vitality, and manage stress and anxiety. At Potion, we know how important it is to incorporate the right herbs in our products and how to alchemize every part of each plant for maximum potential. Our unique bouquet of herbs packs our Immunity Potion with powerful antioxidants, immune boosters, and so much more. Ready to take the next step toward revitalized health?