Botanical Name: Tinospora cordifolia
- English: Giloy, Galo satva
- Unani: Gilo, Gulanchaa, Sat-e-Gilo
- Also, known as: Guduuchi, Guduuchikaa, Guluuchi, Amrita, Amritaa, Amritalataa, Amritavalli, Chinnaruuhaa, Chinnodbhavaa, Madhuparni, Vatsaadani, Tantrikaa, Kundalini, Guduuchi sattva, Seenil, Amrida-valli, Giloya, Amrita, Gudachi- amrita
Habitat: Tropical India and the Andamans
Parts Used: Stem
Tinospora cordifolia plant is a liana or a climber with a 1 to 2-inch-thick stem and the surface of the bark is rough and corky. The leaves of the plant are glabrous & cordate, 5 - 9 cm wide, acute, or acuminate. The fruit is red when ripe. Male and female plants are separate. The flowers are small, yellow green in color. The male flowers are in fascicles, while females are solitary.
The green stem or small dry pieces are about 2 to 6 cm long, are used as medicine. Mostly fresh stem is preferred but, it is now available everywhere so dried pieces are also being used since years. The dry pieces have an outer papery skin, with light or dark brownish wrinkled surface. It has a bitter, mucilaginous taste.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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