Guduchi – Giloy Uses, Dose, Research, Side Effects

Guduchi or Giloy is a famous Ayurvedic herb, used extensively in treatment for fever, diabetes, urinary tract disorders, anemia, jaundice, asthma, cardiac disorders etc.  It is a well known immuno-modulator herb used in the correction of auto-immunity. 

Botanical name –Tinospora cordifolia Wall. ex Seringe.
Family: Menispermaceae

How to consume Guduchi?

The best way to consume giloy is by making its Kashayam (decoction).
For an adult – A tablespoon of Giloya powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup, filtered and administered within 8 hours of preparation.
Guduchi is administered in the form of home remedies, as explained above.
Guduchi is administered along with different co-drinks for different uses –Read more
Guduchi capsule and Guduchi Ghanavati (tablets) are also available in the market.


Home Remedies

  • Guduchi (dry herb powder or in its decoction (kashayam) form) along with Ghee (clarified butter) is useful in Vata imbalance disorders. – like arthritis.
  • Guduchi along with jaggery helps to relieve constipation.
  • Giloy in combination with sugar candy (unprocessed sugar) is helpful in Pitta imbalance disorders such as skin diseases, gastritis, dizziness, liver disorders etc.
  • Giloy along with castor oil is useful in relieving gout
  • Giloy along with ginger powder is useful in rheumatoid arthritis
  • For Pitta type of vomiting, associated with severe burning sensation, migrain, gastritis, water added with the powder of chanaka (Bengal gram) or Gavedhuka- root or Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia and kept to overnight can be given to the patient. – Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 20/31
  • For seasonal allergies, giloy powder or its Satva (extract powder) – 500 mg is administered along with 1 gram of Trikatu (black pepper, long pepper and ginger) and 2 pinches of turmeric, made into paste with honey. This is advised once or twice a day with water.

Qualities, Effect on Tridosha

Giloy-medicinal properties –
Rasa -Taste -Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (Bitter)
Vipaka -Taste conversion after digestion -Madhura -sweet
Guna -qualities -Laghu -Light to digest, Snigdha -Oily, Unctuous.
Veerya -Potency -Ushna -Hot
Effect on Tridosha –Doshatrayahara -Balances Tridoshas -Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Giloy uses, indications

Charaka Sutrasthana 25
Guduchi / giloy is best to cause astringent effect, promoting digestion, alleviating Vata, Kapha, constipation and Raktapitta (bleeding disorders)
Other uses:
Rasayani -Rejuvenative
Sangrahini -brings about absorptive nature to stomach and intestines, Useful in malabsorption syndrome, diarrhoea.
Balya -improves strength
Agnideepani -Improves digestion power
Amahara -relieves Ama -indigestion
Trut hara -relieves excessive thirst (as seen in fever)
Dahahara -relieves burning sensation in the body. Note that though Guduchi is Hot in potency, it helps to relieve burning sensation. This action is brought about by its Madhura Vipaka. (Sweet after-taste). Sweetness is coolant in nature.
Mehahara -useful in treatment of diabetes, urinary tract disorders.
Kasahara -Useful to relieve cough
Paunduhara -relieves anemia
Kamala -Useful in treatment of jaundice and related diseases of liver
Kushta -Useful in skin diseases
Vatasra -Vatarakta -Useful in gout-arthritis
Jvara -Useful in fever. 90% of Ayurvedic medicines for fever contain Guduchi as an essential ingredient.
Krimihara -useful to relieve intestinal worms.
Vamihara -useful to relieve vomiting.
Prameha -useful in diabetes and urinary tract disorders
Shwasa -useful in difficulty in breathing, (dyspnoea), asthma, Bronchitis
kasa -Cough, cold
Arsha -Piles, hemorrhoids
Krichra -Difficulty in passing urine
Hrudya, Hrudroga -Vatanut -Useful in heart diseases with Vata symptoms such as pain.
Chakshushya – improves vision, good for eyes, useful in eye disorders
Vayasthapana – anti aging, rejuvenating
Vrushya -Aphrodisiac

Useful in sero-negative arthritis, ankyolising spondilitis, multiple sclerosis etc

Action of Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) on Fever | Does it Cause Hypothermia?

Part used

Most used part is stem. Almost all the pharmacies use stem of Guduchi. Leaves and areal roots are also used for medicinal purpose.

How to use fresh guduchi stem?
Its dry stem powder -1 tablespoon is mixed with a cup of water, boiled, reduced to half a cup. Filtered. This Kashaya can be consumed once a day, just before food.

Glioy leaves Vs stem – 
Stem is the widely used part of Tinospora. Leaves have similar qualities, but are less effective.
Guduchi home remedy for fever

Interesting fact:
The areal roots of Guduchi are so thin yet so strong that, Sushruta made use of this for suturing surgical wounds. This had dual benefits. One was -the thread were very strong so, there was no chance of wound rupture. Second is, Guduchi has potent wound healing property. Hence wound healing used to happen very quickly.


Guduchi Dosage: Stem powder -3 -6 grams per day, in divided dose
Water decoction -15 -60 ml per day, in divided dosage
There is a special extraction technique for Guduchi, called Guduchi Satva. It is useful in fever. Read more about Guduchi Satva

Giloy churan dose for rasayana and therapeutics:
Guduchi as rasayana -usually taken after Panchakarma treatment -5 -10 grams, 2 times a day after food (churna)
Therapeutic dose -5 grams 2 times a day after food with suitable Anupana.

Guduchi dose for 1 year old
If it is Guduchi powder -500 mg of powder -2 times a day, mixed along with a teaspoon of honey -once or twice a day, after food is the dose.

If it is Guduchi capsule, (extract), then 250 mg capsule one per day can be given for the child, after food.

It can be continued for a period for 2-3 months based on need.

Giloy for general immunity for normal people –
Powder -2 grams once a day can be taken along with a teaspoon of honey for 2 months time.
Or Giloy decoction is prepared with 1 teaspoon of powder added with 1 cup of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup. Filtered. This is consumed once per day.

Watch the video about Guduchi here

Guduchi for Corona Virus?

Can Guduchi be helpful in corona virus?
Guduchi can boost immunity and is very effective in fever management. Hence, it has the potential to have some preventive role against most of the virus attacks including corona. But claiming it to be 100 % preventive against corona is difficult unless we do a clinical trial.
Guduchi can improve immunity if taken in below ways –
in the form of decoction – herbal tea – 1 tablespoon of powder added to 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup and it is consumed (adult dose)
Or its powder – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day after food
Or its tablet or capsule – is consumed in a dose of 2 tablets 2 times a day after food
It can be taken for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Always consult your doctor before taking any remedies.

If you wish to make a herbal combination then guduchi, Ashwagandha, long pepper, moringa is a good one.

Side effects and precautions

It is a very good herb for diabetes. But if you are taking other medicines, it may further lower the blood glucose levels. Hence people with diabetes should take this herb only under medical supervision.
It’s usage in pregnancy should be monitored under strict medical supervision. It is used in post-natal care and in children.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Chemical properties and pharmacology

Guduchi is highly rich in anti oxidants. It has wound healing property, antipyretic (fever-reducing) and anti-viral properties.
Berberine, Choline, Tembetarine,Magnoflorine, Tinosporin, Palmetine,Isocolumbin, Aporphine alkaloids,
Jatrorrhizine, Tetrahydropalmatine
DiterpenoidLactones:Furanolactone, Clerodane derivatives[(5R,10R)-4R-8R-dihydroxy-2S-R:15,16-
diepoxy-cleroda-13 (16),14-dieno-17,12S:18,1S-dilactone],Tinosporon, Tinosporides, Jateorine,
18-norclerodane glucoside,Furanoid diterpene glucoside,Tinocordiside, Tinocordifolioside,Cordioside, Cordifolioside,Syringin, Syringin-apiosylglycoside,Pregnane glycoside, Palmatosides,
Cordifolioside A, B, C, D and E
Beta–sitosterol, Delta -sitosterol,20 Beta-hydroxyecdysone,Ecdysterone, Makisterone A, Giloinsterol
Octacosanol, Heptacosanol Nonacosan-15-one dichloromethane
3-(4-Dihydroxy-3-methoxy-benzyl)-4-(4-compounds hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyl)-tetrahydrofuran, Jatrorrhizine,Tinosporidine, Cordifol, Cordifelone,Giloinin, Giloin, N-trans-feruloyltyramineas diacetate, Tinosporic acid
Anti oxidants:
Ascorbic acid,Lycopene,Carotene,Phenol,Iron,Anthocyanin

References for chemical composition:
Upadhaya AK, Kumar K, Kumar A, MishraHS. Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Hook. F.and Thoms. (Guduchi)-Validation of the Ayurvedic pharmacology through experimental and clinical studies. Int J Ayurveda Res 2010; 1:112-121.
Patel MB, Mishra S. Hypoglycemic activity of alkaloidal fraction of Tinospora cordifolia. Phytomedicine 2011; 18:1045-1052.

Sriramaneni RN, Omar AZ, Zaini AM. Vasorelaxant effect of diterpenoid lactones from and Andrographis paniculata chloroform extraction rat aortic rings. Pharmacognosy Res 2010;2:242-246.

Dhanasekaran M, Baskar AA, Ignacimuthu S,Agastian P, Duraipandian V. Chemopreventive potential of Epoxy clerodane diterpene fromTinospora cordifolia against diethyl nitrosamine induced hepatocellular carcinoma. Invest New Drugs 2009; 27:347-355.
Ly PT, Singh S, Shaw CA. Novel environmental toxins: Steryl glycosides as a potential etiological factor for age-related neuro degenerative diseases.J Neurosci Res 2007; 85:231-237.

Nutritional composition, Research

Nutritional composition of Giloy:
Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese
Giloy Home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis

Immunomodulatory effect
-A randomized clinical trial on 68 HIV positive patients was conducted. 60% of patients receiving Tinospora cordifolia extract and 20% on placebo reported decrease in the incidence of various symptoms associated with disease. (1)

Fever – Experimental study was conducted on albino rats with Guduchi ghrita, using brewers yeast method. The study found out significant antipyretic activity. (2)
Home remedy for gout

Ayurvedic medicines

Important Ayurvedic medicines with Guduchi as main ingredient:
Amritarishta– Extensively used in the treatment of fever.
Siva Gutika– used for a variety of diseases like liver and spleen disorders, respiratory conditions, etc
Guduchi Satva– used in Ayurvedic treatment of burning sensation of feet, bleeding diseases etc.
Mushalyadi Churna– It is used in aphrodisiac treatment and oligospermia


Does Giloy help in reducing Eosinophilia?
Yes, but herbs like turmeric, neem, Tulsi leaves, etc are more commonly used in eosinophilia.

Can giloy help to revive pancreas in type 1 diabetic patient?
Giloy helps to revive pancreas in type 1 diabetes. But it cannot be assured that the patient will be able to completely avoid insulin, with the use of Giloy.
Guduchi Kashayam remedy for gout

Does Guduchi help in fighting off a viral attack, and also help with weakness/pain? Is neem also a good option?
When there is viral fever, to bring down the temperature, to improve immunity and also to fight the virus, Giloy is a good option, in the order mentioned.
Neem helps to fight virus, and to bring down the temperature.
For a better effect, using a teaspoon of each of neem and Guduchi together, to prepare Kashayam is a very good option.

Q: Guduchi is hot, but still it balances all the three doshas. How it is justified As per its hot quality, it should have increased Pitta Dosha.
Answer: A herb does not act only based on its hotness or coldness. While, hotness helps Giloy to decrease Kapha and Vata dosha, its bitter taste helps to decrease Pitta dosha. (Bitter taste decreases Pitta). Hence, it balances all the Three Doshas.

Different Methods of Giloy (Guduchi) Juice Extraction

Guduchi as rejuvenator

Guluchi as anti ageing medicine:
As per Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana1.3, regular intake of 5 ml of Giloy juice prepared from its root and flower is explained as an excellent brain tonic and rejuvenator -Medhya Rasayana.

Giloy in PCOS

Is Giloy useful in PCOS
Giloy is useful in controlling the blood sugar level, to fight insulin resistance and also to prevent weight gain. These symptoms are associated with PCOS. This way, giloy is useful in PCOS.

Giloy is useful in controlling the blood sugar level, to fight insulin resistance and also to prevent weight gain. These symptoms are associated with PCOS. This way, giloy is useful in PCOS.

Guduchi for Corona prevention

Can Guduchi prevent or cure CoronaVirus?
It is very difficult to make such a big claim without proper scientific studies.
Guduchi has rejuvenating and immune boosting properties, hence it is useful to promote immunity against many viral infections. So, theoretically it can be said that taking Guduchi regularly can help with immunity. It is a common practice to take guduchi powder or decoction when there is a threat of any communicable disease, especially involving fever.
To improve immunity, guduchi can be taken in the form of
herbal tea (1 tablespoon of powder, put to 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup, filtered and consumed when hot),
powder – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day
tablet or capsules (1 – 2 – once or twice a day, depending on doctor’s advice.) etc.

Guduchi might not be useful to cure Coronavirus. But it is useful to control fever caused due to viral infection.

Giloya Varieties, Classification

Tinospora crispa
Tinospora malabarica
Tinospora sinensis
Tinospora tomentosa

Kanda Guduchi

Giloy – Padma guduchi
Systematic classification
Kingdom : plantea
Subkingdom : phanerogamia
Division : angiosperm
Class 1 : dicotyledons
Subclass : thalamiflorae
Family : menispermacea
Genous : Tinospora
Species : cordifolia

Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms

Names in different languages:
English name -Indian Tinospora, Heartleaved moonseed, Heart-leaved tinospora, Indian tinospora, tinospora gulancha
Hindi name -Giloy, Gurach, Gulvel, Guruchi
Kannada name – agniballi, amrutaballi
Malayalam name – amritavalli, chitamrith
Telugu name -dussiramu, tippatige
Marathi name -Ambarvel,amrita, amritavalli, guduchi, gulvel
Bengali name -Giloy, Gulancha
Oriya name -Gulochi, Gulancha
Punjabi name -Batindu, Gilogularich
Gujarati name -Gulo, Gado, Galo
Sikkim name -Gurjo
Tamil name -Amrida Valli, Silam, Pattigai, amirtavalli, kunali, Seendhil Kodi, Seenthil Kodi
Assamese name -Hoguni-lot
Konkani: amritvel
Manipuri name -ningthou khongli
Mizo: theisawntlung
Nepalese: gurjo
Urdu: gurch, guluncha

Sanskrit Synonyms:
Amruta / Amrita – it is one of the most used synonym. It means nectar. Many formulations use this name of Guduchi. Example: Amrutottara Kashaya.
Guduchi -It protects and guards body from diseases.
Chakrangi,Chakralakshana -wheel-like appearance in transverse section of stem.
Chandrahasa -It refers to the moon like appearance of transversely cut stem.
Chinnaruha, Chinnodbhava -Regular growth of plant even if it is cut-off several times.
Jwarari, Jwaranashini -Useful against fever
Ayattha, Amravalli, Kundali, Guduchika, Jivantika, Tantrika, Devanirmita, Dhara, Nagakanyaka, Bhishakpriya
Madhuparni – Crushing the leaves give viscid juice like honey
Somavalli, Vayastha – Promote longevity

Classical categorization

Classical categorization of Guduchi Ayurveda:
Charaka has grouped Giloy in following groups of herbs –
Vayasthapana – group of rejuvenative herbs.
Daha prashamana – group of herbs that reduce burning sensation.
Trishna nigraha – group of herbs that mitigate excessive thirst.
Triptighna – that relieve early satiation.
Stanyashodhana – Group of herbs that cleanse breast milk.
Sushruta has classified this herb under – Guduchyadi, Patoladi, Valli Panchamoola, Kakolyadi and Aragvadhadi group of herbs.
Bhavaprakasha has grouped a set of herbs under Guduchi, called Guduchyadi group of herbs.

Kaiyadeva Nighantu –
Chaturbhadra – Ativisha, Shunti, Musta and Guduchi
As per Charaka, Guduchi is one among the 4 medhya rasayana (Brain tonics, to improve memory),where its juice extract is to be administered.
Bhavaprakasha Nighantu, Sodhala Nighantu, Nighantu Adarsha, Dhanvantari Nighantu -Guduchyadi Varga
Kaiyadeva Nighantu -Aushadha Varga
Priya Nighantu -Pippalyadi Varga

Botanical identification

Tinospora cordifolia and Tinospora malabarica are used in the name of Guduchi.


Large glabrous climber with succulent, corky, and grooved stems.
Leaves – Membranous, roundish, sub deltoid, cordate with a broad sinus and large basal lobes, petiole is 2.5 cm to 7 cm long
Inflorescence – Laxed raceme elongated often longer than leaves
Flowers – Clustered in axils of small subulate bracts. sepals 6 in number
Fruit – Red on ripening , size of a large pea
Seeds – Broadly ellipsoid with a slender dorsal ridge and a ventral depression

Useful part


Baidyanath Giloy Juice manufactured by Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Pvt. Ltd.

How to make Giloy tablet?

First kashaya (decoction of Giloy) is prepared. This is done by adding 100 grams of giloy powder to 1 liter of water and boiling and reducing to 250 – 300 ml. Filter it. 
To it, add 150 grams of giloy powder and heat under mild fire till the whole mass becomes semisolid. Then it is rolled into pills.

Liver damage

Does Guduchi Cause Liver Damage? 

During the first wave of Coronavirus, Indians went back to drinking Kadha (herbal decoction). In ancient India, it was a common part of daily routine to have Kadha, especially during the time of fever and respiratory illnesses. Among the many ingredients to prepare Kadha, Guduchi is probably number 1.

It is the most preferred anti-fever Ayurvedic herb. So, millions of people were consuming Kadha. Probably this was one of the reasons why the first wave of coronavirus did not hurt India to a great extent. (The second wave hit us bad as people let their guard lose, that is a story for a different day). A few days before, a research report was published stating six patients taking Guduchi kadha developed liver damage. It was not a clinical research study. It was just a case study of six people. The collected data was insufficient and the brazen conclusion that Guduchi was the pin pointed reason for their liver damage was outrageous. This false news was picked up by many newspapers. 
Guduchi is one of the Rasayana herbs, as explained by Master Charaka. The herbs with Rasayana tag are usually safe for long term use. There are many research reports stating that Guduchi has a protective action towards the liver tissue. When all these Ayurvedic research reports point towards safety of Guduchi, the attack on this humble Satvic herb during this time of the pandemic is definitely uncalled far. 
The Department of AYUSH, of government of India, rightfully came forward and trashed the case reports.

So, if you are wondering how to make Guduchi Kadha, 
Take guduchi powder – half a tablespoon. Mix it with black pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric and any other spice that you get in your household – half a tablespoon. 
Add this to two cups of water. Boil it for a few minutes. Filter and consume when it is still hot. For improving taste, you can add a little bit of jaggery. If you want to add honey to it, you need to allow the kadha to cool down. This – half a cup is good for one adult person, per day. 
Make sure that the herb is Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). Buy it from authentic source. 
Consult your Ayurveda doctor before taking this or any other remedy.

Tinospora crispa

Tinospora crispa is often used as an adulterant and substitute for Guduchi. But Tinospora does not have the benefits of Guduchi.
Difference between Tinospora cordifolia

110 thoughts on “Guduchi – Giloy Uses, Dose, Research, Side Effects”

  1. Dr Hebbar
    There are so many herbs that are good for urinary track disorder. How do ayuvedic doctors choose which one to prescribe to a specific patient ??
    Is there any interaction between different herbs ?

    • The choice of herb largely depends on the disease.
      If there is infection, anti viral and anti bacterial herbs are selected – like neem, bael, etc.
      If there is inflammation, anti inflammatory herbs like Guduchi, Ashwagandha etc are selected.
      If there are kidney stones, then herbs that can dissolve them are selected example: Patalagarudi, Ksharas etc.
      If there is urine obstruction, then herbs that are diuretic are selected – example- Gokshura, Punarnava etc.
      If there is need of rejuvenation (in case of degenerative diseases), herbs like Shilajatu, Guduchi, Ashwagandha, Bala etc are selected.
      If there is lowered immunity, then Rasayanas, Shilajatu etc are selected.
      Usually herbs that do not interact with each other are selected for treatment.
      (Above are just example herbs. I do not recommend using them without consulting your doctors.)

      • Thank you for sharing this valuable information… Dr. Hebbar, you are truly doing a soulful deed by imparting Ayurveda knowledge… Many Thanks.

        • I have local Ayurveda doctor and he has given some medicine for kidney problem, I am allergic to some of the composition in it and get pigment problem on my face. Please help.Can u guide me which Ayurvedic formula is giving me this problem.I am 66yrs old female.

          • Dear Madam, As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. So here we do not know which medicine the Ayurvedic physician has given to you. Please do consult him/her again and let them know the problem so that they can change the medicine for you.

  2. my son has a weak stomach. he goes motions for three times and has reflux acid problem.he is taking ayurvedic giloy beneficial for him.

    • It will be beneficial for him, but not as a single medicine. Talk to your doctor regarding this herb.

  3. Dr Hebbar,
    Can Giloy due to its regenerative properties be used to treat increased kidney function (CKD).

    • Dear Anant, Giloy can be used in treating CKD. But other herbs / medicines will also be required in the treatment.

  4. Does Giloy help in fighting off a viral attack, and also help with weakness/pain? Is neem also a good option?

  5. Is Giloy, a substitute for “ALZUMAB” drug for treatment of psoriasis.
    My doctor has recommend me alzumab.
    Pls suggest

  6. Guduchi jest zazwyczaj podawany w postaci herbaty (wywar / infuzja).
    Jego proszku, w postaci kapsułki jest również podawany.

  7. I am having cold and cough since long time. It comes on and off in a week.. Can Giloi helps me in this..

  8. How to take giloy as medicine ..I want to ask dried giloy powder or juice of leaves or stem .which is more beneficial.please help.

    • Its stem can be made into powder and can be consumed – half a teaspoon at night.
      Or its stem pieces – one tablespoon is added to two cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup, filtered and consumed when lukewarm.

  9. Hi, Giloy can help you but you need to consult an Ayurveda doctor for the right dose. Because, dose fixing is critical to optimum management of blood sugar levels.

    • Hi, Giloy does not suit to all the problems described, but for blood sugar, that too, requires to be taken under medical supervision only, or else the sugar levels may vary out of control.

  10. sir if we take giloy and ashwagandha powder in equal proportion for gaining strength and vitality, is it safe? or it has any side effects?

    • 1. Both can lower blood sugar levels. Hence diabetic persons should exercise precaution.
      2. In a few patients Ashwagandha can cause excess body heat and constipation.

  11. dear sir i am sekar from salem tamilnadu a diabetic pattint last 23 years . now my age is 58. i have guduchi plant in my garden . can you pls explain me on how to prepare medicine for diabetic from this plant.. bl level 350.

    thanks regds m.p.sekar salem

  12. Giloy tremendous herbs. And article is good.but my own suggestion gilly herbs more benefited in more disease’s but take consult to vaid and dosages.and get excellent results. And improve ayurveda lot of herbs and medicine have more benefited in lot of diseases. But need first take consult to ayurvedic. Drs or valid.and diet.and used get oriented results.

  13. It highly depends on your blood sugar levels. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person.

  14. Namaste sir, ur articles are always good and nicely presented, may we know how to make powder from fresh stems at home, what is the procedure, thanks

    • 1. Cut the stem into small pieces.
      2. Dry them under sunshade till it becomes totally dry.
      3. Pound them to prepare coarse powder.
      4. If it is very small amount, it can be put to mixer / grinder to make it into fine powder. If large quantities, then it may need pulverizer to make fine powder. Usually, for any herb, making fine powder at home is quite difficult, especially if the herb is fibrous.

  15. Question about Guduchi. My daughter was prescribed by doctor. She cannot swallow pills. She is 26. I break open the caplet and put in glass, mix with applejuice. It takes long for ths powder to disolve in the aj. Is there something better to use? Thanks. Getting tired of this tedious process.

    • You can simply use Guduchi powder – 2 grams, once or twice a day, along with honey / water.

    • Thanks but what do I mix the powder with? I need something it can dissolve in. Difficult dissolving in applejuice. Anything else? Guduchi powder and capsule both contain the powder. Thanks again.

      • The whole of Guduchi powder cannot be dissolved in anything. It can only be made into paste.

  16. So very grateful for your wonderful articles. The question answer format in your mails is a very welcome start.
    We have Giloy plant at home. Instead of making a decoction will it be as useful to just chew on the stem. Also, is consuming it daily alright.

    • Thanks!
      Well, if you can tolerate its bitter taste while chewing the stem, you can surely consume it that way. Because Guduchi is attributed with Rasayana (anti aging, rejuvenative) qualities, it can be taken for longer times without any hesitation. Herbs with Rasayana qualities, such as Amla and Guduchi can be taken for long.

    • It can be used in children above 3 years of age, in a very small dose, as per doctor’s advice.

  17. Dear Dr Hebbar, Which is the best Medicine for Diabetes, if levels are around 350, if Guduchi itself is not sufficient, then which other medicine should be taken, along with this

  18. Hi, Giloy is also attributed with Rasayana (anti ageing properties). Hence, assuming that you do not have altering blood sugar levels, you can take Giloy juice for about 2 – 3 months of time, along with Amla juice or individually.

  19. Reading questions , answers I fill that we are unknown the plants which are near by us.That is very important for health issue. Please send me the plants name ,photo which are near by us. Like Tulsi.

  20. That was a very helpful information given, rather than taking English medicines we can easily get used to this, from now on i will suggest to my well known people. More over its very safe and easy to get.

  21. You can take Giloy for about 2 weeks. But the best thing to do is to consult your doctor directly. It is the matter of 2 lives. Do not self medicate! Go to a doctor.

  22. I have not seen a reference of boiling giloy stem in milk. You can boil it in water – 2 teaspoons of water, boiled in a cup of water, reduced to half a cup, filtered and consumed once a day, to enjoy most of the benefits explained above.

  23. Hi, I had been advised to to take Giloy Ghanvati, Neem Ghanvati, Kaishore Guggul & Divya KayaKalp Vati for my acne problems some times back which was having favorable results on my skin. Is it okay to continue these medicines during pregnancy as well?

  24. You can use Giloy Satva is a dose of 125 mg for both the children, once a day for 1 month time.

  25. Can Giloy Juice and Amla Juice be taken together? Also, can a person who deos not have any illnesses take Giloy juice as a preventibe medicine? Thirdly, does Giloy juice prevents dribbling? Thanks

  26. Hi, please opt for Organic certified Guduchi capsule – such as from Dr Wadke, Gopala Ayurveda etc.

  27. Hi my neighbours told me to take one fresh giloy leafe daily in the morning to keep sugar levels normal is it correct

    • It is termed as Rasayana – anti ageing herb, good for long term use. No side effects, in its normal dose.

  28. I have giloy plant in my lawn. I am using giloy in raw form . Every morning I chew stem and leaves and go for walking chewing. Is it usefull ?. I have prostate cancer . How should I use it?

    • The best way is to make Decoction / Kashaya of its dried stems – 10 grams of dried stem coarse powder, add 2 cups of water, boil and reduce to half a cup, filter and drink when fresh and hot, once a day, 30 minutes after food.

  29. Mujhe 5,6 mahine se urine flow weak aur bahuth dare tak karnapadtha hai.Bladder empty jaldi se nahi hothi. Pain kahin bhi nahi hai . Mera age 45 yrs.My govt emp.Koi treatment nahi liya.Summer ki wajaha se aisa horahai aisa my samajha.Lekin abhibi vaise hi hai.First urine morning ka hi thoda time jyada lagta hai,bad mein problem thoda kum lagtahai.Per bahuth time lethahai.Pls isak ilaz bathayiye.

  30. Hi, most of the Ayurvedic tablets contain one or the other preservatives. If it is for short term usage (4 – 6 weeks), there are no side effects.

  31. Hello Dr Hebbar. I have seen a doctor in Ayurveda who advised me to take Guduchi powder every morning. I am pitta dosha and suffer from hepatitis C (my liver is in a good state and I do not have any fibrosis at this state). I have 2 questions:
    1. can Guduchi powder eradicate such virus or just help from preventing the liver from getting in a bad state?
    2. I have been trying to take the guduchi powder in hot water but I find it very difficult to drink as the taste is not nice. I mix the powder in the water but do I need to filter it before drinking? Thank you for your advice

    • Hi, Just the guduchi powder might not be sufficient. I believe a combination of guduchi, Neem, Patola (pointed gourd),Vasa etc will be very effective in Hepatiitis C treatment.
      Guduchi is also available in capsule form.

  32. hi dr. m 27, Wt 65, meri immunity bahut weak hai, mujhe jaldi hi tonsil ya jukam ho jata hai or resha bhi. tonsil k baad fever. plz suggest me if i can take giloy. or ye b batana kaise lu. mujhe apni immunity badhani hai. strong karni hai.

  33. It is dried under sunshade. Pounded to small pieces. – 1 tablespoon of powder of stem is added with 1 cup of water, boiled for 2 minutes, filtered. This filtered liquid is consumed once per day, before or after food, for 2 months time.

  34. According to me Gilloy has nothing to do with Asthma. Instead, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Onion, Black pepper, Long Pepper, Laving, Cinnamon, Vasa, Tulsi etc would help more. Some of them can be taken with warm milk/water & honey.

    Cut red onion in the 1 mm slice and put it in the mask, wear it and simply breath deeply . You can also put some garlic paste along with onion in the mask. I had tried it successfully on my mother.

  35. I uses giloy powder for 2 months, nu after that i got the flu for 2 weeks, how come? Did i Use iT wrong?

    Greetings Sam

  36. I have tried Giloy Satva for two for my ITP (chronic low platelets count), but there is no improvement at all. Do you think Giloy herbal powder would help?

      • If it is in small dose of just a capsule a day, then no issues. If bigger dose you need to keep a check on blood sugar levels.

  37. Many many thanks for this exclusive imformation.It helps me a lot to know about giloy and how to use it in so many ways for different kinds of deases.I don’t know how to thank u but thank u.

  38. Sir,

    To improve my immune system i took syrup of wheat grass, amla and giloy for a month. End of the month, my ankles started swelling with lot of pain. somebody suggested to have giloy decoction for 12 days to get rid of this pain. But when i googled, came to know that one of the side effects of giloy is over stimulation of auto immune system which leads to auto immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Is this true? if so, what remedies u suggest for my case?

  39. Dear Doctor,
    do giloy commercial extracts have the same prower of Goloy decoction ?

    thank you for your reply and for the usefull information you kindly provide with your articles.

  40. Dear Doctor, if giloy enhances immune system, will it be counter productive in auto immune diseases? Or can it be taken? It may or may not help in case of Corona. But can it trigger the immune response which is being seen in Corona in form of aggressive immune response in young patients?

    • Giloy is more useful to correct the immune system (Immuno-modulator), than boosting immune system.
      If used in correct dose for the right amount of time, aggressive immune response can be avoided with Giloy or other immune boosting herbs such as Ashwagandha.

  41. Thank you so much, Sir. Right from giving my dad Arjunarisht to changing some lifestyle habits by reading your articles has helped my family immensely. I am a nutritionist myself. I learn a great deal from your articles. And keep sending the links to others.

  42. Dear Dr. one of the prominent tamil names for this herb is “Seendhil Kodi”, “Seenthil Kodi”. Kindly incorporate

  43. I made a kadha by boiling a piece of dried giloy stem in water. Cooled it down n had 3-4 tsps. Started feeling chills, cold hands n feet, heaviness and cool ess around chest. Please advise how to take.


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