Tinospora Cordifolia, often known as giloy or guduchi, is known to cause liver troubles when consumed. However, the Ayush Ministry recently debunked such beliefs with a paper claiming that eating giloy is beneficial.
Ayush Ministry slammed media accusations that giloy is detrimental to the liver and frequently causes liver damage, writing that, according to existing reports, giloy use is healthful and has no toxic effects.
After acute toxicity research on aqueous extracts of guduchi, it was discovered that it is safe to consume – in fact, it is known in Ayurveda as the rejuvenating drug. The effect of giloy, on the other hand, is dependent on how it is utilised. The life span of fruit flies (Drosophila Melanogaster) was found to increase when the concentration of guduchi powder was reduced. However, increasing concentrations of the same reduced the flies’ lifespan. Hence, it was concluded that an optimum amount of concentration should be maintained in guduchi consumption to acquire maximum medicinal benefits of the drug – it is best to refer to a certified physician for the dosage.
Medicinal applications of guduchi are many. It is said to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-anxiety, anti-microbial, neuroprotective, cardiovascular protective, osteoprotective, radioprotective, anti-oxidant, anti-hyperglycemic and anti-ulcer. Due to its wide range of components, it has multiple health benefits.
Consumption of giloy helps the body with several benefits. Due to its wide range of actions, it is used in treating metabolic disorders and for boosting the immunity of the body. Giloy is also used as a major component in treating ailments related to the endocrine system and the metabolism of the body. Giloy helps in increasing the life expectancy of a human being. It is extensively used in the therapautic treatments of traditional medicines; it was also a major component used in management of the coronavirus. Hence, looking at the benefits of the herbal drug, Ayush Ministry concluded that it cannot be claimed toxic.