Different Uses Of Giloy In Different Diseases

Giloy is a very important herb in Ayurveda. it is called as Tinospora cordifolia / Indian Tinospora / Guduchi in Ayurveda. Another famous synonym for Giloy is Amruta – meaning nector. It is used along with different substances for different diseases. Let us analyze. 

Health benefits of giloy are numerous. Guduchi is a very well known herb used for anti inflammatory and immuno-modulatory purposes. It is widely used in fever. It also has Rasayana property (rejuvenating, anti-aging)
We have already learnt in detail about the health benefits of Guduchi (click to read)

Giloy uses video

Giloy combinations

Different combinations of Giloy for different diseases:
1. Guduchi (dry herb powder or in its decoction (kashayam) form) along with Ghee (clarified butter) is useful in Vata imbalance disorders. – like arthritis.
2. Guduchi along with jaggery helps to relieve constipation.
3. Giloy in combination with sugar candy (unprocessed sugar) is helpful in Pitta imbalance disorders such as skin diseases, gastritis, dizziness, liver disorders etc.
4. Giloy along with castor oil is useful in relieving gout
5. Giloy along with ginger powder is useful in rheumatoid arthritis

Health benefits

How a single herb can have different health benefits?
Guduchi (or any other herb for that matter) has a range of chemical constituents which are effective against different set of diseases. Ayurveda explains that, when an herb is given along with particular co-substance (Anupana), those disease-particular chemical constituents are more utilized by the body. This helps in better targeting the herb against that disease.

This concept of single herb, being used along with different adjuvants is not new. We have learnt before about usage of Haritaki along with different substances to balance Doshas in different seasons, called as Ritu Haritaki

How to decide co-substances

How to decide on particular co-substance?
We have already learnt about Anupan in detail. Please go through. The co-substances that can be used are already mentioned in traditional ayurvedic text books.


What should be the dose?
If powder is indicated by your doctor, usual dose of powder is – 1 – 3 grams in divided doses per day.
If Kashayam is indicated, dose of Kashayam is usually up to 30 – 50 ml once or twice per day.
The dose of adjuvants (co-substances) is usually 1 – 3 grams.

How long to take?
Each remedy for the said diseases, can be taken for a period of 2 – 8 weeks based on your doctor’s advice.


Once prepared, how long can it be stored?
If powder is prepared, it can be stored for a period of 2 – 6 months.
If Kashayam is prepared, it needs to be used within 12 hours. (learn more about how to prepare Kashayam)


Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this for kids above 5 years of age, for a short period of 1 – 2 weeks, under medical supervision.

During pregnancy and lactation?
Better to avoid during pregnancy.
Fine to take it during lactation period.

Side effects

Any side effects?
People with diabetes should avoid using jaggery / sugar etc.
Giloy helps to reduce blood sugar levels. Hence, people who are on anti diabetic treatment should seek medical consultation before trying this.

71 comments on “Different Uses Of Giloy In Different Diseases

  • haridatt

    19/05/2014 - 7:54 pm

    very very educative

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  • sarika10arika Bharath

    19/05/2014 - 9:52 pm

    I have heard about Giloy being used to cure Diabetes type 2. Is it true? Thanks..

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    • M K GUPTA

      03/10/2015 - 12:36 pm

      my hb is low 11% is giloy juice help to improve it

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  • Ruk

    20/05/2014 - 6:44 am

    So how can we take guduchi with sugar candy?
    With water just like that or some other way, please describe.
    Thank you

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  • Bhargav

    20/05/2014 - 12:03 pm

    Your article on Giloy is very informative and useful. Can you give names of Different Combinations Of Giloy for different diseases available in market?

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  • sakhawat

    27/10/2014 - 2:54 pm

    how can we mix guduchi powder with jaggery and in which proportion?

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  • Garima

    24/02/2015 - 7:33 pm

    Can we mix Gilroy juice with amla juice?

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  • Gaurav

    11/03/2015 - 10:30 am

    Can Guduchi (and Neem) be taken along with milk?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/03/2015 - 10:56 pm

      Generally speaking no problem. But I have not seen neem along with milk or Guduchi with milk as combination. Just saying.

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  • sreenivasan

    20/05/2015 - 10:54 pm

    I have often and again heard yogacharya ram baba mentioning about mixing giloi with aloevera and amla juice. I think it would be very beneficial for all problem’s.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      09/07/2015 - 10:16 pm

      A good combination.

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  • Latha

    04/06/2015 - 2:49 pm

    Can gurinchi with ghee preparation be given to underweight children to gain weight. Thanks

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  • AMSI

    15/06/2015 - 5:39 pm

    If taking Giloy together with Amla in juice form for improving immunity, when and how should it be taken? Also, if want to take it for digestive disorders, what should be the course followed?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      21/07/2015 - 7:56 pm

      Hi, Giloy with Amla juice can be taken 20 minutes before food for about 2 months period. Giloy can be taken in powder / capsule / water decoction (Kashayam) form, along with Amla juice.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    16/07/2015 - 6:23 pm

    If the pain is more, I reckon, Guggulu or shallaki might be more appropriate in your case than Giloy.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    13/08/2015 - 10:25 pm

    Giloy in the form of Kashaya is useful in improving immune system. You can mix a pinch of black pepper to half a cup of Kashaya, before taking it. Learn how to prepare Kashaya here – https://www.easyayurveda.com/2011/12/15/what-is-kashayam-how-to-make-kashayam/

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  • Nabin

    02/10/2015 - 1:28 pm

    How to take giloy for enlarged liver and lost appetite?

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      23/11/2015 - 10:01 am

      Dear sir, Giloy can be taken with sugar candy for both the cases can be taken not more than 8 weeks.

      It can be taken as a only a supplementation for the disease and not to treat the disease

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  • gayathri sanjeev

    07/10/2015 - 12:54 pm

    Does giloy help to cure white patchs? Please let me know

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/10/2015 - 10:18 pm

      It helps to some extent. Read more about white patches treatment here – easyayurveda.com/2014/03/23/vitiligo-ayurveda-perspective-and-treatment-options/

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  • Dr Malini Bhat

    06/11/2015 - 10:35 am

    Giloy or Amrita is an anti-inflammatory (that reduces inflammation) and antipyretic (that reduce fever) herb. The bitter properties present in the drug show anti-periodic (Preventing regular recurrence of the symptoms of a disease, as in malaria) and antispasmodic properties which is again helpful in preventing infectious diseases. Juice extracted from Giloy increases platelet count.

    Juice of 1ft. long branch of Giloy and seven leaves of Tulsi; boiled and taken as a herbal drink enhances body’s resistance level up to three times. It also increases platelets count, which decreases considerably in Dengue fever.

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  • Dr Malini Bhat

    10/11/2015 - 9:29 am

    Dear madam, As said in the article Ayurveda explains that, when an herb is given along with a particular co substance i.e, Anupana those disease particular chemical constituents are more utilized in the body which helps in better targeting the herb against the disease.

    Each remedy for the said diseases can be given in a span of 2-8 weeks under guidance of the doctor.
    It is safe to use this for the kids above 5 years of age for a short period of 1-2 weeks, under medical supervision. People having diabetes should avoid using sugar etc., cause Giloy helps in to reduce blood sugar levels.

    Note: 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. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

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  • yogita

    25/12/2015 - 12:47 pm

    giloy satva can we use for exessive sweat .?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    28/01/2016 - 10:55 pm

    I would not recommend any herb, unnecessarily for a year long time. For a period of 2 – 3 months, you can take Giloy boiled water, in a dose of 10 ml per day.

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  • Ravi

    24/02/2016 - 5:50 am

    In what proportion we can combine giloy,amla juice and alovera juice.?

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      24/02/2016 - 8:42 am

      Giloy : 10ml with honey
      Amla juice : 10ml with equal quantity water
      Aloe vera Juice : 10 ml with equal quantity water

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      • Dr Malini Bhat

        01/03/2016 - 5:15 pm

        Sir, You can add Garlic as it has specific anti-coagulant properties that make it an effective treatment option for polycythemia vera. And Cayenne,the capsaicin in cayenne stimulates blood flow. This compound also thins blood and regulates circulation.

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        • Dr Sood

          02/03/2016 - 2:13 pm

          Thank you Dr Bhat for your valuable advise.Please let me know if Cayenne is red chillies powder and whether it is to be boiled along with giloy stem as also garlic as advised by you ? Much obliged.

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          • Dr Malini Bhat

            02/03/2016 - 2:47 pm

            Sir, giloy you can eat the leaves as well as make the kadha. Garlic can be used as a day to day supplement or can be eaten one in the morning empty stomach.

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  • Mira D

    13/03/2016 - 7:25 pm

    Thank you for the information on Guduchi.

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  • Ashok Kumar Kothari

    09/04/2016 - 1:13 pm

    Your articles are highly educative and valuable. You are serving the society by heart. Thank you and god bless you
    Ashok Kumar Kothari

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      09/04/2016 - 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much from everyone here Sir.

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    25/04/2016 - 12:49 pm

    How to use giloy for ankylosing spondelitis?

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  • ajay

    10/05/2016 - 2:13 pm

    can we take it for ulcer

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      10/05/2016 - 5:17 pm

      Hello Sir, Wanted to know which Ulcer you are specifying about?

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  • Raj Paul

    13/06/2016 - 8:12 am

    The giloy powder dose 1-3 grams is on what basis. Is it prescribed by the ayurvedic texts(charak or vagbhatta or susruta)? I thought the dose for powders was one karsha 10 grams. Thanks. btw i love your articles.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      14/06/2016 - 11:36 am

      1 Karsha per day is the regular prescribed dose. Which amounts to 5 – 6 grams per therapeutic dose.
      If it is meant for treatment of any particular disease, then 6 grams once or twice a day is usually prescribed by the doctor. If it is for general health maintenance, 1 – 3 grams, once or twice a day is sufficient for long term use.

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  • Rashmi

    24/06/2016 - 7:49 am

    I grow the guduchi plant in my garden….are the leaves beneficial…please share in what way it helps the human body and how to use the leaves for consumption

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      26/06/2016 - 2:55 pm

      Stem is the commonly used part and is better than leaves. Its stems are cut into pieces, dried under sunshade.
      The coarse powder of the stem – 1 tablespoon is added to a cup of water, heated and boiled till half a cup of water is left, filtered and this is consumed on regular basis to improve immunity, fight fever, cold etc.

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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        27/06/2016 - 3:59 pm

        If the bitter taste is tolerable, then stem can be chewed daily. 5 grams per day.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    01/07/2016 - 4:52 pm

    For constipation, night, 30 minutes before dinner is the right time to take. It can be taken twice a week.

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  • Dr Madhu Purohit

    12/09/2016 - 4:52 pm

    Whether giloy kadha is useful in OA. It can regenerate the cartilage or not?

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  • Anuradha

    27/09/2016 - 6:31 pm

    Thanks Doctor. Sir is it safe to take alovera juice and avla juice during pregnancy

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      29/09/2016 - 12:52 pm

      If the readymade juice is procured from market, then I do not advice to take them during pregnancy

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  • Narien

    28/09/2016 - 11:12 pm

    Is giloy useful to cure liver crriossis..pls mention use also…

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      29/09/2016 - 4:58 pm

      Giloy is useful only to some extent. You might need other medicines as well. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        09/12/2016 - 9:31 pm

        Let me know your place. I will try to find a good doctor for you

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  • Rimshah

    14/01/2017 - 11:00 pm


    Dr., In what quantity I can take giloy for making immune system stronger and for how long? I also have a constipation problem. Please tell me the way in which giloy is helpful for both immune system and stomach.


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  • Nikhilesh

    09/03/2017 - 10:15 am

    Can giloy ghan vati be taken in myasthanea gravis ?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    26/04/2017 - 11:41 am

    Dear Larry, 🙂
    The mechanism of guduchi improving platelet count in cases such as Dengue is different. You can take Ghan vati – 1 per day for 6 weeks time.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    30/04/2017 - 12:45 am

    You can mix a little jaggery powder and take it. It’s capsules are also available

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  • yoan1959

    30/05/2017 - 7:00 pm

    I have Guduchi poweder, How to recommend to use it for allergic rhinitis?
    What dosage?
    and maybe to mix it with something else?

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  • Harish

    29/06/2017 - 12:24 am

    Can we take neem giloye juice with alowera and Amla juice in morning empty stomach because I am already taken Amla and alovera juice.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      29/06/2017 - 10:45 am

      I think it will be a little excess.
      Neem giloy juice – take this only if you are diabetic or prone to diabetes.
      Between these three, neem-giloy, amla and aloe vera juice, take only 2 juices in the morning.
      Do not mix these two in a cup.
      Take those two juices in separate cups.
      Add equal amount of water to each juices.

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  • Nitish Bhardwaj

    09/07/2017 - 12:27 pm

    to boost immune system for a healthy adult what doses of giloy ras should be taken and with it should be mixed?

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  • Irina French

    31/05/2019 - 6:57 pm

    Thank you so much for your informative website. I am thinking of buying your book, too.
    I wonder if you have an article about silent reflux. Thank you so much.

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  • Akash pandey

    31/08/2022 - 8:36 am

    Hello sir, How to use giloy in urethral stricture ?

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