Guduchi – Giloy – Ayurvedic details, Benefits, Usage, Dose, Formulations

Guduchi or Giloy is a famous Ayurvedic herb, used extensively in many Ayurvedic medicines for a wide variety of diseases. Its botanical name is Tinospora cordifolia Wall. ex Seringe.
Amruta / Amrita – it is one of the most used synonym. It means nectar. Many formulations use this name of Guduchi. Example: Amrutottara Kashaya.

Other synonyms are – Ayattha, Amravalli, Kundali, Guduchika, Chakrangi, Chakralakshana, Chandrahasa, Jivantika, Jwaranashini, Tantrika, Devanirmita, Dhara, Nagakanyaka, Bhishakpriya, Madhuparni, Somavalli, Vayastha, etc.
Guduchi - Giloy - Indian Tinospora

It is called as Giloy, Gulvel, Giloe in Hindi and Indian Tinospora in English.

References: Its references are found even in Vedas. It is a very ancient herb, still used for its medicinal properties.

Classical categorization:
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.

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

Qualities and medicinal properties of Guduchi –

Guduchi Benefits As Per Ayurveda

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
Karma – Functions – Guduchi is

Rasayani – Rejuvenative
Sangrahini – brings about absorptive nature to stomach and intestines, useful in malabsorption syndrome, diarrhoea.
Balya – improves strength
Agnideepani – Improves digestion power
Doshatrayahara – Balances Tridoshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha
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
Hrudroga – vatanut – Useful in heart diseases with Vata symptoms such as pain.

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.

Interesting fact: The areal roots of Guduchi are so thin yet so strong that, Sushruta used to use this for suturing surgical wounds. This had duel 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 as Guduchi Satva. It is useful in fever. Read more about Guduchi Satva

Chemical properties and pharmacology Guduchi is highly rich in anti oxidants. It has wound healing property, antipyretic (fever- reducing) and anti-viral properties.

Its immunomodulatory action is also well documented.
Its anti inflammatory property makes it an essential ingredient in the treatment of rheumatoid conditions.
It is the herb of choice in the management of Vatarakta – gout.
More on Pharmacology

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.

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Home remedies using Guduchi –
Home remedy for gout
Giloy Home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis
Guduchi home remedy for fever
Guduchi Kashayam remedy for gout

Important Ayurvedic medicines with Guduchi as main ingredient:
Amritarishta, Siva Gutika
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. 


Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  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 ?

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

      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.)

  2. Does Giloy help in reducing Eosinophilia?

  3. Sanjeev Dhiman says:

    Does Giloy helpful for hydroureteronephrosis(Grade-III) in one year old infant?

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

      It will be helpful. But a comprehensive treatment needs to be planned. Please consult a doctor in person.

  4. 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.

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

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

  5. Ramprasad says:

    Pl intimate about pain in joints and in gought

  6. thank for your information on herbals

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

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

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

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

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

  10. Give remedy of leucoderma

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

      I will provide a few home remedies in future. But please consult a doctor for detailed analysis and treatment.

  11. Dr JV Hebbar says:

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

  12. hiren agarwal says:

    I am suffering from Fatty Liver. Please suggest if Giloy can help reduce fat in liver. Also suggest the dose & time of taking the medicine.

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

      Der Hiren Agarwal,
      It is best to consult an Ayurveda doctor in person for the treatment of fatty liver changes.

  13. ganapathi says:

    what is the kannada name for Giloy, Is it Amrithaballi?

  14. Is giloy useful in cancer (cutaneous T cells Lymphoma)? If yes then how to use this?

  15. Deepa Gore says:

    Got very useful information about gulvel

  16. PrakashG says:

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

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it can. But there are better herbs to use for cold and cough, such as pepper. Please consult your Ayurveda doctor.

  17. I have 106 fast and 181 after meal blood sugar. i am taking shilajit one cap. can i take giloy vati i have heartburn. at night after 2 hrs of meal

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      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.

  18. Dear Sir, is there any treatment of Thalassemia Major by giloy.

  19. Capt (retd ) Rajvir Rohilla says:

    Are giloy and papaya leaves (juice ) good in fever specially DENGUE ?

  20. akshay sharma says:

    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?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      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.

  21. m.p.sekar says:

    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

  22. I am suffering from cough and cold last 2 weeks which type of medication required and changing of weather effected on me soon
    Pls. Help me as soon as possible

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person. That is the first and best option. If you wish to get my advice, please write here –

  23. rajesh Shukla says:

    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.

  24. I am suffering from diabetes can you pls suggest how and what quantity should i take giloy or should i combine any other herb with this.

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