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: Stems
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. The freshest stem is preferred but, it is now available everywhere so dried pieces are also being used for 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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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