Giloy also known as Guluchi / Guduchi, is a famous Ayurvedic perennial climber herb in India. It grows in deciduous forests often on mango, banyan or neem tree. It has significant heart shaped leaves, yellow flowers and ripe drupes arered in colour. The barks are grey in colour and roots are aerial in nature. Guluchi is an excellent Rasayana for the treatment of various diseases. Though it is used broadly these days, it has the reference in Ramayana and Durga Saptashati. The roots, stem, leaves, and fruits are used in the treatment of various diseases.
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- The Giloy is commonly named as Indian tinospora and it belongs to the Menispermaceae family.
- The plant is a native of India. The plant is also found in the rainforests of the Far East.
- It is well known for its alluring foliages and is widely grown as an ornamental plant.
- The Giloy is fairly easy to grow and maintain. The plant can grow to a height of several meters approximately a height of 0.5 to 3 feet.
- The fast growing vine has a blooming period during summer. It produces small yellow or white flowers in clusters.
- The plant grows well in a temperature range of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.
It can be easily grown in a pot at home, the way we all grow money plant. The plant is cultivated by the stem cutting method. Outside home it’s generally given support of neem tree. It propagates very fast and even a small stem becomes a fully fledged climber in a couple of years. You can get the stem easily in local nurseries. A If you are not getting stem then buy the seeds from ayurvedic store. Soak it in cold water for 24 hrs. Seeds germinate very fast this way, and when the plant achieves slight thickness, plant it the way you would plant money plant or any other climber. It requires regular watering initially, other than that it’s a very easy to maintain, no nonsense plant.
Parts of Giloy used to cure diseases are leaf, root, stem and fruit. However, the most important part is stem and it is widely available in dried state (Giloy satva) in the market.
- Giloy satva mixed with triphala is a very good remedy for sinus and headaches.
- Giloy juice taken with neem, amla and haldi provides effective treatment for skin infections.
- Fresh juice of Giloy stems helps treat excessive menstrual bleeding.
- Decoction of Giloy and neem leaves fights all kind of fevers.
- Adding fennel seeds to the above mentioned decoctions makes it an effective remedy for UTI.
- Juice of aloevera and Giloy together makes the immunity system strong.
The entire world is attracted to ayurveda now. In India ramdev baba has made ayurveda easily accessible to public. We all should reap the benefits of our ancient remedies. While researching about Giloy online, I read many articles about how scientists abroad are trying to make a cancer curing medicine out of it. This shows how this easily accessible humble looking plant that we probably would not even notice has so much in store for us. We all have used aloevera and cannot rave enough about it. Now, it’s time for making Giloy that must have at home plant. And those who can’t grow plants at home due to space problem or sheer laziness move your butts to nearest ayurvedic store and stock up on Giloy juice and satva.