Boosting immunity in times when we are stuck at home, with little outdoor activity and facing a global health crisis has been on minds of many of us these past few months. Be it sipping lukewarm turmeric water, or adding more garlic to our food than usual, a lot of us are resorting to nuskhas and Ayurvedic herbs that our great-grandmothers and aunts would swear by. One such Ayurvedic herb is giloy; a plant known for its medicinal benefits.

What is Giloy?

Known, as Amrita, in Sanskrit which translates to ‘the root of immortality’, the botanical name for giloy Tinospora cordifolia. The stem of giloy plant is used for the treatment of chronic and intermittent fever.

Boosts immunity

Giloy is considered, as the queen of herbs and the most versatile ayurvedic herb that can treat many health problems. It regulates and strengthens immunity and, reports say it is a source of biologically active compounds like alkaloids and lactones. It balances blood sugar levels and detoxes and improves skin.

Reduces stress

Giloy used as an adaptogenic herb to reduce anxiety as well as mental stress. If combined with other herbs, Giloy can help in getting rid of toxins, and it calms down your mind, and boosts the memory.

Treats Arthritis

Giloy contains anti-arthritic properties that help to treat arthritis and its several symptoms. For joint pain, the powder from giloy stem can be boiled with milk and consumed.

Treats Diabetes

This herb helps in managing the level by assisting in the production of insulin. Giloy can also burn excess glucose and reduce the level of blood sugar. Giloy works in this regard due to its hypoglycaemic effects.

Fights Respiratory Problems

It helps to reduce respiratory problems like frequent cough, cold, tonsils due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It also tackles respiratory and breathing problems. These are also major signs of the novel coronavirus infection.

Improves Digestion

Indigestion is one of the most common problems we go through. Giloy helps to improve the digestive system and bowel movement. It is used in various Indian churans. It also improves metabolism and is useful for weight management.

Solution for chronic fever

The herb is often used to bring down fevers commonly without any side effects due to its antipyretic activity. Drinking fresh Giloy juice helps to improve immunity says ayurvedic experts. It also increases the platelet count.

Improves Vision

Giloy is known to have antioxidants such as lutein which is great for your eyes. These antioxidants help in improving your eyesight and keeping your eyes healthy.

Reduces Signs Of Aging

Giloy contains anti-ageing properties that help to reduce ageing, dark spots, pimples, fine lines and wrinkles, acne. Giloy powder can also be used, for various skin problems as it helps to remove toxins from the body.

Healing Wounds

Giloy also helps in stimulating phagocytic cells which helps in healing wounds. You can apply Giloy leaf paste on the skin to speed up the wound healing process as it helps skin regeneration.

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Ritu Yadav is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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