Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

10 Natural Health Benefits of Giloy-Tinospora Cordifolia

What is health? A well-being state of the body in which all functions and systems are performed with an ease. A good health is a synonym of good lifestyle and food items. Nature have fruitful things like vegetables, fruits and herbs etc. that help us to keep healthy and prevent the illness. Fruits and vegetables are the vital segments of our life circle. We normally consume these in our diet but another most important magic of nature is there that we should keep on adding in our lifestyle and these are herbs. Herbs are that gift of nature, which just keep on raining its goodness to the mankind. Out of these herbs, one of the chief herb is Giloy with lots of benefits.

Health Benefits of Giloy

How much are you familiar with Giloy plant?

  • It is known as climbing shrub famous with the names of amrita, guduchi and Tinospora cardifolia. The plant is with fleshy aerial roots, cordate and membranous leaves, greenish yellow flowers that blooms in summer and shiny red coloured pea shaped fruits. This plant is enriched with lots of phytochemicals like alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, sesquiterpenoid, aliphatic compound and many more that are reason for its fruitful properties like anti-diabetic, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant etc.
  • So we can say Giloy is a great herb for mankind.As Giloy shows various useful properties, it helps to treat certain kinds of diseases and ailments. So here are

10 Natural Health benefits of Giloy (Guduchi)

Giloy in eye diseases

  • Giloy phytochemicals helps to clarify the eyes and makes your eyes to see without use of your spectacles.

How to use Giloy in eye diseases

  • In some parts of india, people apply Giloy to the eyes. For this take out 10 ml juice of Giloy and mix rock salt and honey in it. Apply this on your eyes. This remedy is helps to treat the problems of scleral itching, cataract and corneal disorders.
  • Decoction of Giloy can be taken with triphala. Mix some honey and peepal powder in it. Consume this two times in a day. This tonic helps to improve the eyesight.

Giloy in fever

  • It acts as antibacterial, antiviral and boosts the body immunity that helps to treat any kind of fever.

Use of Giloy in fever<

  • Take 1-2 gm long pepper, honey and 20 ml juice of Giloy and drink every morning and evening.
  • In case of high fever, take 40 gm Giloy, soak into half glass water for whole night. Strain the solution in the morning and consume 20 ml of this solution.

Giloy in tuberculosis

It is very helpful to manage tuberculosis. It can be taken as:

Make the decoction of herbs Giloy, asparagus, Malabar nut, dashmool, balamool, winter cherry and indian atis. Consume up to 60 ml two times a day.

Giloy in treating cancer

  • The phytochemicals found in the Giloy plant such as berberine, palmarin, giloinin, giloin, tinosporol, tinosporin and more help to treat the problem of cancer.
  • In ayurveda, it is considered that Giloy, aloe vera and wheatgrass help to treat blood cancer.

How it will be consumed?

  • Take a long piece of Giloy, a cup of wheatgrass juice and 4 inch aloe leaf. Combine the juices of all herbs and consume regularly to manage the condition of cancer.

Giloy in urinary disorders

  • It is famous for its diuretic, anti-periodic, alternative and febrifuge properties. These properties help to treat urinary infections.

How to consume?

  • Take 30 ml decoction of Giloy and leadwort and drink every morning and evening.
  • Consume 15-20 ml Giloy juice three times in a day.
  • Make the herbal decoction of herbs Giloy, satpal, triphala and ghee. Consume in infection and fever.

Giloy for indigestion

  • It is a great tonic that improves digestion.

How to take?

  • Take Giloy stem and boil in water till its half volume, add 3 pinches of pippali in it. Consume 10-15 ml two times in a day. It is advisable to take before food and with honey.
  • Another we can also take quarter teaspoon of Giloy with amla powder.A cup of buttermilk with Giloy powder is also beneficial.

Giloy in gout

  • To treat and manage gout galoy can be taken as
  • Boil stem of Giloy in water and filter. Consume 20 -30 ml this twice a day.
  • Mix Giloy extract with castor oil and consume, a great remedy for gout.

Anti-bacterial properties

  • Giloy phytochemicals tend to show the properties of being anti-bacterial.
  • Giloy in bacterial infections can be taken as:
  • Make the decoction of Giloy stem with basil leaves and consume regularly.
  • This is very helpful to treat swine-flu.

Menorrhagia

  • In the problem of heavy bleeding Giloy proven a tonic.

It can be taken as

  • Make juice of Giloy and consume it two times a day

Skin disorders

  • It consists of anti-aging and blood purifying properties that helps to keep skin smooth, wrinkle free and healthy.

Giloy can be taken as

  • Mix some Giloy juice with amla and turmeric.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia-Fatigue

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied by fatigue, memory, sleep and mood issues. It is a chronic condition where is non-inflammatory tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way by which brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia patients have been found to have lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter known as—serotonin which leads to lowered pain thresholds and increased sensitivity to pain. Serotonin also promotes calm and stable mental state.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also suffer from tension, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. There is no cure of fibromyalgia in modern medicine but a variety of medicines are available to control its symptoms. Exercise and stress-reduction measures may also help.

Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

  1. Widespread pain—There is a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least 3 months. The pain occurs on both sides of the body and also above and below the waist.
  2. Cognitive difficulties—A symptom commonly known as—fibro fog impairs the ability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks.
  3. Fatigue—Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often awaken tired and the sleep is often disrupted by pain and many patients also develop sleep disorders like—restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  4. Many patients who have fibromyalgia also experience depression, headaches or cramping pain in the lower abdomen.
  5. Stiffness
  6. Burning sensation
  7. Pain is usually severe on waking up in the morning and gradually decreases with passing of the day.

What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?

  1. Infections—Some illnesses trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  2. Physical or Emotional Trauma—Post-traumatic stress disorder can be correlated with fibromyalgia.
  3. Heredity—Fibromyalgia tends to run in families.

Diagnosis

  • The diagnostic evaluation of fibromyalgia can take time, but this should not be the barrier in primary care practices. It is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic symptoms. Patient history, physical examination and ruling out co-morbid disorders are the cornerstones of fibromyalgia recognition. No radiological testing is required however some tests like—ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, a complete blood cell count, rheumatoid factor (RF) factor is recommended.

Fibromyalgia according to Ayurveda

  1. The Charak Samhita Sutrasthana Chapter 13 elaborates on the pre-eminence and primacy of the Vata dosha in the body. Acording to Master Charak, Vata is the physical energy of the body penetrating as a life force everywhere in the physiology. Fibromyalgia is classified as Mamsa Dhatugat (diseases affecting muscles and tendons) and Mamsavrut Vata (diseases due to excess of Vata dosha in muscles and tendons). It involves dysfunction in Vata Vaha Srota, Mamsa Vaha Srota and Mamsa Dhatvagni. It falls into a sub-type of disease known in Ayurveda as “Vatavyadhi”—the diseases caused primarily due to the vitiation of Vata dosha—the physiological energy responsible for the stability and activity of the nervous system.
  2. It is described in ancient texts as manifesting with a variety of possible and changing symptoms and signs including pain, stiffness, fatigue, gradual loss of movement, mental disturbance etc.  Dietary and lifestyle modifications are suggested in Ayurveda to correct the Vata imbalance. In Ayurveda, accumulation of toxins is believed to be the root cause of various auto-immune disorders like—rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis and fibromyalgia.
  3. The build-up of toxins can lead a person to feel fatigue all the time. When toxic accumulation takes its toll on the nerve tissue, it results into the symptoms of tenderness, sensitivity and pain. Therefore, cleaning of toxins becomes necessary. Primarily, samprapti (pathogenesis) originates in the gastro-intestinal tract, then branches out through the madhyama rogamarga, the middle channels of the pathogenic process of disease with special inclination for shleshma sthana especially mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue) and their corresponding channels.

Ayurveda uses a range of natural anti-arthritic herbs to treat this condition. Various herbs are

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)—This herb is commonly known as “Salai Guggal”. It is a resin obtained from the tree and is purified and used to treat pain and inflammation. It has the potential to relieve pain naturally without having any side effects and is a popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurvedic physicians across the world.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)—It is considered as the most potent anti-arthritic herb effective in controlling pain and inflammation in arthritic conditions.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)-–  This herb is commonly known by the name Indian ginseng by the western countries. This herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)—This herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps particularly in osteo-arthritis.
  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)—This herb is one of the leading immunomodulators. This herb is known by the name “Amrita” meaning elixir for long life.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)—It is a very common anti-inflammatory herb that reduces inflammation and also a good analgesic.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia:

  1. Grind 8-10 papaya seeds and mix it in a glass of water and boil it. Drink this water twice or thrice a day for a month.
  2. Drink freshly prepared cranberry juice or radish juice daily.
  3. Drinking freshly prepared juice of beetroot, carrot can help in fighting this condition, apart from improving overall health.
  4. Make Meditation as a part of your lifestyle.
  5. Regular Sleeping Habits—This is important for reducing pain
  6. Make a habit of morning walk every day.
  7. Epsom salt—Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt bath helps the body to absorb magnesium as fibromyalgia is associated with magnesium deficiency.

Diet—Things to be Taken

  • The best suited diet for fibromyalgia are vegetable juices, cow’s ghee, spices such as—ginger, coriander, asafoetida, turmeric, fennel, etc. It is a condition mainly associated with magnesium deficiency, so it is good to consume green leafy vegetables, soybeans, cashews, almonds. Taking omega-3 fatty acids help in creating a hormone prostaglandin that helps in reducing inflammation.
  • It is essential to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the body.

Things to be Avoided

  • Avoid eating spicy food, caffeine, refined sugar, yogurt.

Note : It should be noted that herbs give results but it will take some time for herbs to manifest in the body.