5 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects of Giloy (Guduchi | Amruthaballi)

giloy benefits

Giloy also called Guduchi in India is an ancient herb that is used extensively in ayurvedic medicine. It is an amazing herb with wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. The stem of giloy is the most used part but giloy leaves and roots are also used as a medicine. Giloy is an anti aging herb and it improves digestion, treats all types of fever, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, pcos, skin problems, heals even the worst type of wounds that does not heal for a long time and it improves the general health.

Giloy extract is a good tonic for liver, improves vision, reduces stress, treats cough and cold and heals all the problems of the stomach. It also increases platelet count and is very good for treating  dengue. Because of it’s anti pyretic properties, it is also used for preventing all types of fevers like typhoid, dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

Giloy Plant:

Giloy plant belongs to the family Menispermaceae and genus Tinospora. This plant can be found growing wild on trees and shrubs and it can be easily identified with the heart shaped leaves. The leaves have a perfect heart shape and giloy can be easily grown in pots at home. When trying to identify this plant make sure to look at the plant closely as many creepers are also heart shaped.

Look keenly at the color of the stem, the fruits and the size of the leaf etc. Guduchi bears fruits that are the size of a pea and it turns beautiful red on maturity. The stem is green and in our village there is an other creeper that has heart shaped leaves too but the stem is red, so make sure to look at the plant closely while identifying it.

Everyday evening, our dog Bruno and I go in search of herbs in our farm. It is a time that I look forward to everyday, as I feel really calm and serene when I am looking at plants and herbs. I haven’t noticed giloy lately in our farm, but ever since the water started flowing in the stream, it has started growing in abundance. Nowadays nothing makes me more happy than finding a herb that I am searching for and I was so very happy when I saw giloy.

What Is Neem Giloy?

Since giloy is a creeper it creeps all over the trees and it is very commonly found growing over neem tree. Giloy growing over neem tree is considered the best and is believed to have more medicinal properties. Though I couldn’t find any research supporting this claim, it is an ancient belief. In our farm, giloy can be found commonly growing over neem tree and even I reach out only for it for making giloy tea :).

Botanical & Common Names Of Giloy:

The botanical name of giloy is Tinospora Cordifolia and it is commonly called Heart-Leaved Moonseed | Indian Tinospora | Heart- Leaved Tinospora in English. This wonderful herb is called as Giloya | Guduchi | Giloy | Giloi | Giloe in Hindi, Seenthil Kodi | Amruthavalli in Tamil, Tippa Teega in Telugu, Amruthaballi in Kannada, Gulvel in Marathi, Gurch in Urdu, Gulancha | Gulancha Tinospora in Bengali, Amrita in Sanskrit, Gilogularich in Punjabi, Chittamruthu in Malayalam and Galo in Gujarati.

Giloy Chemical Constituents:

Many compounds are responsible for giloys amazing medicinal uses. Along with the active compounds mentioned below, many others like giloin, diterpenoid lactones, tinosporic acid are also present in giloy.


Alkaloids are found in the stem and root. Some of the alkaloids found in giloy are berberine, choline, palmatine, tembetarine, magnoflorine, tetrahydropalmatine, tinosporin, tetrahydro palmatine, isocolumbin, etc. They are responsible for anti inflammatory, anti cancer, anti viral properties.


Some of the important glycosides are 18-norclerodane glucoside, tinocordiside, tinocordifolioside, cordioside, palmatoside, etc. They are responsible for anti cancer properties and they also help treat neurological problems.


Some of the important steroids found in giloy are hydroxy ecdysone, ecdysterone, giloinsterol, etc are some of the important steroids found in giloy. They are found in the stem and are useful for reducing inflammation and has a protective effect.

Aliphatic Compounds:

Some of the aliphatic compounds present in giloy are octacosanol, heptacosanol, etc. They are found in the whole plant and have anti inflammatory and protective properties.

guduchi medicinal usesGiloy Medicinal Uses:

Since many biologically active compounds including alkaloids and steroids are present in different parts of giloy plant, it has amazing medicinal uses. The medicinal properties of giloy is amazing! It has anti diabetic, anti cancer, anti HIV, anti stress, anti spasmodic, anti arthritic, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anti microbial, anti toxic, anti allergic, anti pyretic, anti malarial, anti tumor and liver protective properties!

1. Anti Diabetic Properties:

Giloy is wonderful for diabetic patients as it both helps reduce blood sugar levels along with preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes. One of the main complication of long term diabetes is diabetic neuropathy which results in nerve damage and giloy greatly helps prevent it.

2. Anti Allergy Properties:

Giloy has anti allergy properties and it is especially effective for treating allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is a condition in which the nose gets inflamed due to allergens in the sir. This can cause stuffy nose, sneezing, swelling and itchy eyes. Consuming giloy will greatly help reduce all these symptoms. You can read the study here.

3. Anti Cancer Properties:

Giloy due it’s presence of wide range of bioactive compounds have anti cancer properties and it has been proven to be effective against many cancer cell lines including prostate cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, skin cancer, etc. One another amazing use of giloy is it has protective effect and greatly helps reduce the side effects of cancer treatments

3. Anti HIV:

Another very interesting use of giloy is it’s protective effect on HIV patients. In a study, 68 patients received giloy extract for a period of over 6 months and after the trial almost 60 % of the people experienced drastic reduction in some of the severe side effects associated with the disease. There are even ayurvedic formulations using giloy for HIV.

4. Anti Arthritic:

Since giloy has anti inflammatory properties, it is widely used in ayurvedic formulations used for treating arthritis. Though there are many medicines for rheumatoid arthritis most come with lot of side effects. But Ayurvedic formulations containing giloy are equally effective but with little to no side effects, you can read the study that supports this claim here.

5. Antimicrobial Properties:

Giloy is widely used for treating skin diseases as it is effective against many of the gram positive bacterial strains including Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella Typhi, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, etc. Giloy, both when consumed internally or applied extranally will help treat skin infections. Topical application of giloy has been proven to be effective against scabies and other skin problems.

6. Neuro Protective Properties:

Giloy has neuroprotective properties and people who are suffering from neuro generative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc will benefit consuming giloy extract. Giloy exhibits neuro protection by increasing the dopamine levels and it also further reduces oxidative stress which greatly helps in locomotor activity.

7. Anti Stress Properties:

Another very interesting use of giloy is it’s stress reducing properties. It reduces both mental and physical stress. It improves cardiovascular performance and reduces physical stress caused due to intense exercise. In a study, a group of people were given 150 mg of giloy extract everyday for 28 days and by the end of the 28 days there was marked improved in the group of athletes that took giloy extract.

8. Anti Pyertic & Analgesic Properties:

Giloy extract helps reduce pain, inflammation and fever as it has anti pyretic, anti inflammatory and analgesic properties. Traditionally giloy tea is consumed for treating fever and it also helps reduce headache and body pain that is usually common during fevers. We usually make the tea with fresh stem, giloy tea is used for treating many type of fevers including dengue fever.

9. Anti Ulcer & Anti Diarrheal Properties:

Guduchi tea is a traditional remedy for treating stomach ulcers and diarrhea. Usually the fresh stem extract is given to patients and this traditional use has been backed by research and you can read the study here. Many are suffering from stomach ulcers due to increase in consumption of processed foods and highly stressful lives, try to consume giloy tea for a few days and it will greatly help.

10. Anti Depressant & Anti Psychotic Properties:

Giloy is a herb that treats both mental illnesses and physical illnesses equally effectively. It is very useful for patients who are suffering from depression, anxiety and acute stress. You can read the study that supports this claim here. One amazing thing about herbs like giloy is it helps treat the disease with minimal to no side effects at all.

giloy plantPreparations Using Giloy:

1. Giloy Juice | Giloy Ras:

Giloy juice | Giloy Ras is one of the best ways to consume giloy. Many companies sell giloy juice now but you can also make giloy juice easily at home. To make giloy juice, take the fresh giloy root, wash it well and grind it along with little water and extract the juice. Drink this homemade giloy juice immediately for best results.

There are also 2 varieties of giloy juice that is sold in the markets, one is made along with amla and is called amla giloy juice and the other is neem giloy which is made with neem leaves and giloy. You can make them at home by adding either amla or neem while grinding the giloy stem.

2. Giloy Satva | Seenthikodi Sakkarai:

Giloy satva is a very famous medicine. Though it is called sugar, in reality it is not sugar at all. It is made by grinding the giloy stem in water and the residue that settles down is taken and cleaned again and again. The final product is dried to a fine white powder. It is very difficult to make it at home and is best got from ayurvedic shops.

3. Giloy Powder | Giloy Churna:

You can either buy giloy powder from the shops or you can make it on your own by collecting fresh stems, sun drying them till crisp and grinding them to a fine powder. Make sure to sieve before storing to get very fine powder. This powder if stored away from moisture will last well for a few weeks.

4. Giloy Ghan Vati Tablets:

Giloy can be taken in the form of tablets too. Many Indian companies manufacture giloy tablets and Giloy Ghan Vati of Patanjali company is very famous. Also there are formulations like giloy kwath which includes other herbs along with giloy but please taken them after consulting an ayurvedic doctor.

5. Giloy Syrup:

Lastly giloy syrups are also sold but it is usually a combination of herbs like tulsi, amla and neem and wheatgrass depending on the company that you are buying it from. Research well and choose it according to your needs. We can also take giloy water extract (decoction) of giloy too.

Giloy Dosage:

The general suggested dosage of giloy powder is around 5 grams per day (can be  had mixed with pure honey) and the water decoction is around 1 to 2 tbsps per day. The general dosage for giloy tablets like giloy ghan vanti is 1 to 2 tablets per day. For kids it is best to take it under medical supervision, but the general dosage is usually 500 mg per day. These are general dosages but for treating specific illnesses please consult an ayurvedic physician. The normal suggested duration for improving immunity is usually around 60 to 90 days.

Ayurvedic Formulations Using Giloy:

Some of the important ayurvedic formulations using giloy are Guduchi Ghirta which is made with ghee, Guduchi Satva which is prepared from the stem, guduchi ghana which is the water extract, Shilajatu Rasayana which is useful for treating HIV patients, Matra Vasti which is used for treating arthritis, etc. I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage especially if you are planning on taking giloy ayurvedic formulations for long durations of time.

Where To Buy Giloy?

We can buy giloy powders in most medical shops and herb shops. Giloy capsules, juice and syrup are also available easily all over India. If you are living abroad, you can order it online easily. Giloy plant can be easily grown at home and you can buy the plant in most nurseries. I would highly suggest growing it at home as fresh herb extracts are always better in my humble opinion.

Giloy Side Effects:

Guduchi is very dood for diabetic patients but it is best consumed by diabetic patients under medical supervision as it might lower the blood sugar levels significantly. Giloy has anti fertility properties which is reversible once you stop taking it. If you are trying for pregnancy, it is best to avoid giloy in any form. You can read the study that supports this claim here. Pregnant and feeding mothers should avoid guduchi and for some people, it might cause mild form of constipation otherwise this herb is very safe to use.

5 Top Health Benefits, Medicinal Uses & Side Effects of Guduchi | Giloy | Gulvel | Amruthaballi | Gulancha| Seenthil Kodi :

1. Giloy | Guduchi For Skin: Wounds, Gout, Psoriasis

amruthaballi health benefits

Giloy | Guduchi is wonderful for treating skin related problems. Both external application and internal consumption is done for treating skin related diseases. For wounds, take guduchi and pound in a mortar and pestle. Fry it in a little bit of neem oil and apply it as a poultice over wounds.

Take a large betel leaf and place it over the guduchi paste and secure the mixture with a bandage. This remedy heals wounds very fast. Guduchi leaves also can be fried in little castor oil and can be applied as a warm compress for treating arthritis and gout.

You can also make a tincture of guduchi using high proof alcohol and use it for treating all types of inflammation like turmeric tincture. But remember to use high proof alcohol else the tincture will surely spoil as we are using a fresh herb. Internal consumption of guduchi treats skin diseases like psoriasis too.

2. Giloy | Guduchi for Allergies:

giloy side effects

Guduchi gives amazing relief from allergies. A relative of ours had nasal allergies and she was taking medications for it for a long time. She used to sneeze continuously and her eyes will tear and she will have itchy eyes and ears.

Especially during the parthenium flowering season her allergies used to get worse. After years of  suffering and being on and off on medications, she started taking guduchi pills that are sold in the markets.

Now after a long time of suffering, she doesn’t get her allergic attacks anymore. She has completely stopped taking the medicines and uses only guduchi pills. Even I was spell bound and I can only say that if you want to experience real miracles, get to know and use these kind of wonderful herbs!

3. Giloy | Guduchi Satva | Seenthil Sakkarai: Best Liver Tonic

gulvel health benefits

Yesterday I was talking to my grandma about guduchi satva | guduchi sugar, the powder made from the stem that I mentioned before. I was surprised when my grandma said that she used to make it at home. Before I was born there was a long time helper who was an amazing herbalist and he had helped my grandma make it.

My grandma said eating a pinch of seenthil sakkarai or guduchi satva will keep the body from falling ill, is an immunity booster, treats respiratory problems and is used to keep the blood sugar level stable. It balances the doshas and it is a medicine that can be taken for a long time without any side effects. She said she used to take a pinch of it weekly twice or thrice.

It is also very good for liver and is the best liver tonic. It is best to buy guduchi satva from the shops, as it is difficult to make it at home correctly. You can also boil the guduchi satva along with little water and take it as a decoction, if you don’t want to take it as such.

4.  Giloy | Guduchi For Diabetics:

tinospora cordifolia medicinal uses

Giloy has been proven in the laboratory to reduce blood glucose levels and that too in a significant way. You can read the research that proves this claim here.  If you are a diabetic patient, you can use guduchi to lower the blood sugar levels.

But since diabetic patients will be on medications already, consuming guduchi might lower their blood sugar levels even more. Therefore it is very important that it is done under the supervision of a medical professional.

Long time sufferers of diabetic mellitus develop severe complications and one such complication is peripheral neuropathy i.e loss of sensation in the legs and hands. For this condition massaging the hands and legs daily both morning and evening with guduchi oil gives good relief. You can get guduchi oil easily online…

5. Giloy | Guduchi Tea: An Effective remedy For Fever, Cancer & For Improving Memory!

giloy medicinal uses

Guduchi tea is very easy to make and does not have any bitterness at all, in fact it is quite soothing to drink this tea. To make the tea, take a fresh stem of guduchi and remove the leaves. For a cup of tea around 5 to 6 slightly bruised guduchi stem around 1.5 inches in length will be enough.

Take around 5 pepper corns, 2 tsp of palm candy and 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds and crush coarsely in a mortar and pestle. Now add the cut cut guduchui stem and pound it till slightly mashes. Boil a cup of water in a pan and add the crushed pepper corns, guduchi, cumin seeds and palm candy mixture and let it boil.

Once it reduces to half a cup, strain and drink it. This tea treats all the stomach disorders, reduces stress in the body, improves memory, is a good home remedy for fever ( you can read the study that proves this claim here) and it is said to be an effective anticancer medicine.

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  1. Healthcare Raja Nellai
    February 27, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    If u translate your article into tamil i will publish it on my healthcare tamil monthly magazine.www.tamilhealthcare.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you for the offer, but I don't have the time to translate all the articles into Tamil right now…

    • Anonymous
      July 11, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Mam I'm doing study on this amritballi plant……any tips please……

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 9:01 am

      You can easily spot giloy plant everywhere and especially the plant growing over neem tree is considered the most effective. Giloy greatly improves immunity and is very famous for treating gout, lowering blood sugar levels, treating constipation and allergies…

    • DrVx
      September 15, 2016 / 9:12 am

      வணக்கம்Please use google translate

  2. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    This is looking like Sirukurinja. What's the difference?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 29, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      This is not sirukurinjan, it's leaves will not be heart shaped like seethil kodi. Sirukurinjan's botanical name is Gymnema Sylvestre and it's very famous for it's use in treating diabetes.

  3. NaveenK
    May 27, 2015 / 4:16 am

    Nice article with pics..I bought giloy juice from Apollo and started having it twice a day on empty stomach. I'm taking this hoping to boost my immunity and hence get more active. On the 2nd day I got an ulcer on my tongue and felt little fatigue. Could this be a side effect due to giloy?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 28, 2015 / 5:18 pm

      Hi, Each one reacts differently to different herbs but I have never heard of giloy causing ulcers. To be on the safer side, stop drinking the juice for a few days and once the ulcers heal, start consuming again to see whether it causes ulcers and if it does please discontinue using the juice. Also try to consume the giloy juice exactly as prescribed (usually diluted in water)….

    • Rajesh Thankaiyan
      June 18, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Hello Can you give the use of Veli paruthi plant?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 24, 2015 / 5:57 am

      I will compile and post it in the blog soon…

  4. Anonymous
    June 28, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    i am type 2 diabetic since last 16 years and after taking even my medicine my glucose level was over 250 but after i start drinking boiled water of giloy stems my glucose level is now around 140, my uric acid level was over 8 which is now 5.2 my all cholesterol reports are now normal,my kidney reports and Lever reports are now normal,and i am sure there are more benefits cause before i always did not sleep well but now after i sleep , i wake up in the morning.please tell us more about Giloy , i would appreciate .

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 30, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and I am so very happy that your glucose level has come down. Giloy stems when dried, powdered and mixed with milk boosts general strength and increases immunity. Chewing on giloy root helps asthma patients. It also relieves constipation and is used for treating piles. Giloy is also used for treating arthritic pains ….

  5. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 / 3:49 am

    I have grown enough Giloy ( Amritaballi) in my balcony, and I have made habit of eating around 10-15 Giloy leaves everyday for my diabetes & constipation problem. After studying some article I have feeling like ……Giloy leaves is of no influence…Should I bite its stem for more effective usage ….And I too have this tongue fissure problem growing day by day but don't know what has caused it.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 4:47 am

      I am so very sorry for the late reply, I somehow missed this question. Why not try drinking stem decoction? it is very effective for reducing the blood sugar levels. For mouth sores, try haritaki mouth rinse from the blog…

  6. Anonymous
    July 12, 2015 / 2:50 am

    Thanks for Sharing this information. What is the difference between thaali Keerai or Thiruthaali and Amruthavalli – Narayanan

  7. Anonymous
    July 14, 2015 / 9:31 am


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 19, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Yes, you can add the leaves of the plant while boiling water and drink it. But make sure not to consume it daily for longer periods, especially if you are on any medications…

  8. Padma Nippanikar
    August 8, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    can u tel the uses of amruthballi for weight loss and hair fall?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      I am very sorry for the late reply. Guduchi is said to increase the metabolism and thus aid in natural weight loss. Now many health specialist recommend guduchi for weight loss. Guduchi is y good for the hair, it is said to condition the hair and promote new hair growth…

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2015 / 11:58 am

      Is Guduchi effective for Type 1 diabetic also or only for type 2?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 4:57 am

      Guduch is said to help both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  9. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    hello ramyais guduchi and giloy the same

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 2:32 am

      Yes, they both are the same plant…

  10. Anonymous
    September 21, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    where can I purchase this pill in US? and the plant as well…thanks.

  11. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    For general health how many leaves of amrithaballi we have to consume daily? What time and for how many days?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 2, 2015 / 2:39 pm

      I am very sorry for the late reply, for general health 1 tbsp of the juice of the fresh giloy leaf mixed in a cup of water can be taken along with little bit of honey every morning. It can be safely consumed for up to 6 to 8 weeks…

  12. Anonymous
    September 26, 2015 / 9:48 am

    how to use giloy in brain cancer ( gbm4)?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 2, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Giloy is used for cancer treatment but to know the correct dosage for treating it please consult a qualified ayurvedic physician….

  13. Ajay Yadav
    September 26, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Prangnent lady can use giloye juice

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 29, 2015 / 4:09 am

      Pregnant ladies should avoid giloy juice…

  14. stallon
    September 27, 2015 / 1:04 am

    Can I say two gilou tablets daily. I do t have diabetes and I am.not overweight also.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 29, 2015 / 5:19 am

      Yes, adults can take from one to two giloy tablets (250 mg) daily…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 29, 2015 / 5:16 am

      I like the guduchi powder that you mentioned, it is organic and does not have any additions. I would suggest starting at 250 mg of the guduchi powder for him mixed with honey after food. Usually at this dosage, it is very safe….

  15. sowmya shivaram
    September 29, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    is there any side effects of consuming guduchi daily? 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 6, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Guduchi is safe to be consumed for up to 6 to 8 weeks

  16. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 / 8:56 am

    For general health how many leaves of GILOY we have to consume daily? What time and for how many days?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      For general health 1 tbsp of the juice of the fresh giloy leaf mixed in a cup of water can be taken along with little bit of honey every morning. It can be safely consumed for up to 6 to 8 weeks…

  17. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Hi i am married. I have heard that Giloy is good for health. I have Giloy bel at my home. May I take Giloy leaves in the morning for good health. If yes then how many may i chew daily so that there is no side effect

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 6, 2015 / 4:44 pm

      For general health 1 tbsp of the juice of the fresh giloy leaf mixed in a cup of water can be taken along with little bit of honey every morning. It can be safely consumed for up to 6 to 8 weeks…

    • Lalitha
      October 8, 2015 / 10:24 am

      I am pregnant 40 days. I am diabetic. Can I take guduchi or sirukurichan powder to control diabetes. I used to take sirukurichan earlier one tea spoon powder in warm water in empty stomach. Can I continue now

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 5:41 am

      Hi Lalitha, Congrats on your pregnancy. I would suggest not taking these herbs during pregnancy especially during the first trimester pregnant women should be very cautious of taking herbs regularly…

  18. Just ME
    October 2, 2015 / 10:26 am

    Hi Heart felt appreciation to your blog. Its amazing….just amazing. Added to your wonderful suggestion, could you think of the leaves of Custard Apple. Dried ones. I am a II diabetic and though, I must be living with it for a year or so with more than 400 mg/dl, I was diagnosed in July 2015. I took the regular medicines for a month or so, but after this, on recommendation by a friend of mine who is a RMP, I switched over to drinking the decoction made of the dried leaves of Custard Apple. Since, August, I am only on this decoction….still I am testing myself on how best the decoction works; but it certainly works. Within a week time, my blood sugar has come down to 154mg/dl. Since I am a new 'diabetic', and the use of the decoction is still under study on my body, I may not be able to give you at this point of time, how much, you should take and when to take..because I am using it at different times of a day and in different quantities; just to check how best it works. I also use this decoction with a few other herbal leaves….But at the bottom line, you can surely tell your readers that this decoction does brings down the blood sugar level, if one takes it morning and evening at tea time; the quantity could be 150ml-200ml. Please, check your sugar level for at least on a regular basis. I don't recommend anyone to go just only on this decoction leaving your medications. NO. Along with your medication, if you think, your blood sugar level is a bit high, you can think of taking this decoction either morning or evening or both. But, you decide.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks a lot for sharing this information….

  19. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Hey Rmaya preeti the sydWhich part of geloy should I take for loosing weight?,in which form? n in how much quantity??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 6:12 am

      The main aspect of giloy is it increases immunity which results in increased metabolism. You can take giloy satva daily as per instructions in the packet for few days. But exercise and diet also is also very important to see meaningful fat loss..

  20. Unknown
    October 22, 2015 / 6:09 am

    What are the side effects of this as It is consumed by dengue patient with one month pregnancyIt is just one dose that is five leaves boiled in a cup of water till it become half cupWhether it affects foetus?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 27, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      A single dose like you mentioned will not affect the foetus, if still in doubt you can also consult an ayurvedic physician. But please be very careful from now on about using herbs during pregnancy…

  21. Queenie Fernandes
    October 27, 2015 / 8:07 am

    i am giving my son patanjali's giloy juice as he had fecer and respiratory problem. can u continue giving it for another 3 months so as to improve immunity?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Giloy juice can be safely consumed in the recommended dosage for up to 6 weeks after that it is best taken after consulting an ayurvedic practitioner…

  22. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    I want to startup with giloy and seeking advise that how can i consume or get benifited from this amazing plant on regular basis?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Guduchi or giloy can be consumed everyday safely for about 6 to 7 weeks everyday. You can start taking it in the form of tablets or water decoction everyday…

    • DS
      October 4, 2016 / 1:44 am

      Does this mean you take a break after 7 weeks then you start again?

  23. Anonymous
    November 9, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    my father has asthma problem so can they drink giloy juice to cure it or how much tim thy can use it??

    • Anonymous
      November 17, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      yes they can drink it lif time..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 19, 2015 / 2:43 pm

      Hi, Giloy juice can be used for asthma and in fact has been scientifically proven to help treat asthma. 15 to 30 ml of the giloy juice mixed with little bit of water can be had in the mornings before food daily. If you are using the giloy juice got from the shops, please give the giloy juice to your father as per the instructions given in the package…

  24. Shivashankar siregeri
    December 14, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    I am asthma patient, have allergic problems, and over weight, obesity- 2. How can I cure with amruthaballi. Please advise

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 12:03 am

      Amruthaballi is very good for all the above mentioned 3 problems, it is even very goof for reducing obesity, here is the link to the study proving it's anti obesity activity: http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/412_pdf.pdf. You can take either the giloy leaf extract (2 to 3 tbsp ) or 1/2 tsp of the giloy powder. But I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage if planning on taking for longer period sof time…

  25. Unknown
    December 14, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Hi Ramya, thank u for this informative article. One thing i observed you have said it can be safely used for 6 to 8 weeks. What after that? Looking at the benefits of this plant i feel i should use it forever.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 12:09 am

      Giloy is a very safe herb and has low toxicity and can be taken for longer periods of time. You can read about the toxicity report here: http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/661_pdf.pdf. But each one of us react differently to herbs and taking herbs for longer periods of time should be done only under medical supervision….

  26. Unknown
    January 1, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Hi Mam, Greetings, i have been following your post for long time and needs clarification on some points regarding this miracles herbs Giloy.1) i have nasal allergy since 3 years will it cures this allergic rhintis after regular intake.2)Is Giloy tablet available at Patanjali store safe for long term consumption say about few months.3)Is Giloy should be consume empty stomach or after meals/breakfast.4)Is Giloy tablet composition is 100% Giloy (tinospora Cardifolia) or it composite some other chemicals?5)Can Giloy be taken for 2 months then again discontinue for 1 month and again continue for 2 months alternative basis, if someone wish to consume for say life time. or till his gets desired results.Mam request you to kindly clarify on same point wise, we are a groups of friends and wish to understand the same before starting on same. Your answer will be highly obliged.

  27. Sudhir Keshri
    January 1, 2016 / 12:10 pm


  28. Anonymous
    January 10, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Hi Ramya thanks a lot for sharing more information about Giloy, I need your suggestion I bought this Giloy sugar and I wish to take regular basis, I have thyroid problems and cholesterol too if I consume regularly will I get side effects and let me know how to take and how much of quantity I should take please advice me.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      You can consume giloy and it will have a positive impact on your cholesterol levels too. But if planning to take for long duration's I would suggest doing it under medical supervision…

  29. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 / 7:12 am

    hihad partial glossectomy an year ago and scared of recurrence due to appearance of side effects from surgery and brachytherapy. How best to prevent relapse with ayurvedic herbs/medicine without fear of side effects?? Most reliable and tried medicine for similar cases. How to improve the sub mucosal fibrosis due to surgery and brachy needles after effects, as it causes pain while eating and talking at times??Thanks

  30. kiran rajpadh
    January 17, 2016 / 5:29 am

    is it boost immunity ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Yes giloy boosts immunity…

  31. abbas chatriwala
    January 21, 2016 / 7:18 am

    Namaskar Ramya ji.Dr. Any one in Mumbai need fresh GILOY stem for plantation. We Will provide free.Tnx GOD BLESSABBAS

  32. Unknown
    February 9, 2016 / 5:26 am

    Hi Ramya.. Impressive work! Amazing contribution! Thanks a bunch! A quick question.. You have mentioned about using Gudichi for treating PCOS. Can you suggest the possible ways and duration of consuming it to treat PCOS? Thanks in advance Ramya!Deepa Suresh

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 12, 2016 / 5:37 am

      Hi Deepa, You can consume guduchi in the form of guduchi powder for treating PCOS, usually 1/4 to 1/2 tsp daily is recommended. But I would suggest consulting a physician to find out the correct dosage for you…

  33. Raaj Christy
    February 12, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Hi Ramya,Please let us know by consumption of Giloy leaves is it helpful for Gout patients by reducing Uric Acid level.Also plz let us know what happens if we consume other creepers which has red stem. Bcoz I was consuming it by mistakingly thinking its Guduchi.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Giloy is very very useful for treating gout. I am sorry, I don't know the side effects of consuming the creeper with red stems I have not identified the plant still…

  34. Satya Prasad
    February 12, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Dear Madam, First of all my heart felt wishes for such a informative blog.i am really proud to say I am growing guduchi in our veranda and it has really grown well.My question is since I have diabetes can I take just 2 to 3 leaves of guduchi daily will that help me in reducing diabetes. Regards, Prasad.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 7:06 am

      I am very happy that you are glowing guduchi, it is such an useful herb. Guduchi will lower blood sugar levels but if you are already on medications for diabetes, I would suggest taking it under medical supervision…

  35. Sweety
    February 17, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Ma'am I have been suffering from breast lumps since a year.so few suggested me to take gachakaya+5 pepper twice a day.while others suggested to take giloy.so I'm confused what and how I must take them.so if you suggest me the correct solution I will start my cure.its been a long time I have neglected it thinking it will be cured with time.please reply as soon as possible. Waiting for your reply. Please help me out.

  36. Sweety
    February 18, 2016 / 3:19 am

    Hi ma'am.I'm 24yrs old and single.I have been suffering from a breast lump since a year.I have not get started any treatment thnikng it will get cured by itself. Now I'm very much concerned about it. Few suggested me to take giloy,while few recommended to take gachakaya+5pepper twice a day.so I'm confused to go with which of it.ma'am please suggest me with effective solution that gives quick result. Also suggest for how long I must take them? As I'm yet unmarried my mom is also mentally tensed.so please suggest me with permanent solution.also say why I got this if there is no ancestry of it in my family? And once I get cured is there a chance of its repetition? Please free me from this. I will waiting for your reply.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Hi Sweety, I feel you need an expert guidance instead of a general answer which might not be very helpful.I would suggest you consult an ayurvedic physician, he will be able to correctly diagnose and treat you better…

  37. R KHETAN
    February 21, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    how to extract giloy juice ? whether from the stem or, from leaves ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 7:23 am

      Use the giloy stem to extract the juice, you can follow the steps given in step 5 in the post for making the extract….

  38. vamsee
    February 22, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    My brother in law is suffer from fever for past 2 months (Fever of unknown origin). Even after all diagnostics doctors are not able to tell us the reason for the fever. Is Giloy will be useful to control the fever and is there any other medicine which he should take.thanking you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

      Giloy has antipyretic properties so it can be used for treating all kinds of fevers. He can take giloy for fever…

  39. Vijaya
    March 15, 2016 / 5:37 am

    Hi do this powder hav any side effects.. Can ladies take this powder when we r planning for children..

  40. Arvind Retharekar
    March 23, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Hi Ramya,Thanks for the wonderful article. I am a 63 year old (young) healthy male, except that I have psoriasis vulgaris. I am taking treatment from a skin specialist. But he prescribes steroid based ointments, which makes the eruptions go only temporarily. I have just bought a bottle of Guduchi tablets after reading your article from Himalaya (250 mg). What is the dosage I should take? I also am allergic to dust and smoke. Please advise. My mail id is aretharekar@gmail.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 5:27 am

      Hi Sir, I am so very sorry for the late reply. For psoriasis I would suggest applying a paste of turmeric and neem externally along with taking guduchi tablets. Usually 5 grams (around 2 tablets) is the daily dosage for adults…

  41. sebastin saba
    April 4, 2016 / 5:58 am

    I am 21 years old, i taking (Apollo)giloy juice twice a daily,Shall i take it for more than 2 years,Is it good for health,but my health condition is now good

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 4:32 am

      Giloy is a very safe herb and has low toxicity and can be taken for longer periods of time. You can read about the toxicity report here: http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/661_pdf.pdf. But each one of us react differently to herbs and if planning to take giloy juice more than 6 to 8 weeks, I would suggest taking it under medical supervision….

  42. Unknown
    April 4, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Hey I have food allergies due to that I get shortness of breath… Hives and itchiness over my body from time to time… How can I use giloy powder to get rid of it…!!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 6:51 am

      Giloy will greatly help treat allergies, consume giloy powder for a period of 6 to 8 weeks to improve the immunity. The powder can be mixed in water and consumed. Guduchi can reduce blood sugar levels so if you are diabetic please monitor your blood sugar levels closely…

    • Unknown
      July 19, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      I heard herbs are hot in nature for the body… I dont have any family history of food allergies but its just 2 years I developed it due to hair colouring I did… I take vitamic C everyday but still some of the foods triggers like mayo, nuts and fried items.. In between its gets better and again sometime its starts over… Would it be safe for me to obtain giloy powder everyday im 24 years old female and just wat else should I take with it… Can I continue vitamic C 500mg and please give me instructions on the right way of comsumimg giloy powder for food allergies… Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      The fresh giloy stem decoction or the stem powder can be taken for improving immunity and the general suggested dosage of the powder is around 1/2 to 1 tsp a day and can be taken before or after food. Vitamin C and giloy can be taken together but I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage depending on your body type especially if planning to take giloy for longer duration…

  43. Unknown
    April 11, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Dear Ramya, I am suffering from Allergic rhinitis and due to that devloped cough and breathing problem, what would you say on using giloy capsules from baidyanath.will it work for me ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 30, 2016 / 12:08 am

      Giloy can be taken for treating it, it is very good in treating all kinds of allergies….

  44. surukiruka mukamozhapottu
    April 22, 2016 / 9:29 am

    is it ok if we eat the leaf as such or should we consume its extract only.how many leaves can we have daily and for how long.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Guduchi stem is the most used part and I would suggest consuming that. Around 2 tbsp of stem decoction made by boiling the pounded stem in water can be taken. You can also consume guduchi satva which is available in the markets…

  45. dolly hinduja
    April 23, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Hi, I am 20 weeks pregnant. I have low immunity because of which I catch cold very fast. Want to increase immunity of my baby so that baby is not prone to catching cold very fast, can I take 1 patanjali giloy tablet every morning for next 2-3 months? Your quick response would really be helpful. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Hi Hinduja, sorry for the late reply and congrats on your pregnancy. Guduchi should strictly be taken only under medical supervision if you are pregnant. Instead of guduchi why not consider taking amla in honey to improve immunity?

  46. MG
    April 27, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Hello Ramya. I am 70 yrs indian male. I have been having fever since past 12 months. Mostly afternoons to evenings. Small breaks of 1 or 2 days there. Lost 12 kgs wt. Have undergone all allopathic investigations but nothing clear cut diagnosis. Got prostate surgry done. Then 3 months of Anti TB treatment which pulled me down completely. Energy levels are v low. Cannot go out anywhere. Last two months an MD has stopped all medicines and put me on immunity building medicines. Was given 2 bottles of blood as Hb had gone down to 7.5.A friend suggested Giloy. Started Amla and Giloy juice of Divya Pharmacy three times a day past 4 days. I have got their 500 mg tablets but not started. Pl advise. Any combination with Giloy? e mail – mgr1806@gmail.com. Thank you so much. looking forward to your valuable advise. I cannot go out to meet an ayur doctor here.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      Hello Sir, I am so very sorry for the late reply, due to personal reasons I couldn't answer the queries immediately for the past few months. Guduchi and ashwagandha are both very very useful for improving immunity and they can be taken together. Daily dosage of guduchi and ashwagandha is around 5 gm per day (I would suggest slowly increasing the dosage). If you experience any gastric irritation while taking ashwagandha decrease the dosage even further. Also if you are diabetic guduchi might lower blood sugar levels further so please keep a close watch…

  47. Kingsley Akinfe
    May 3, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Hi, just want to know if dried powdererd GILOY-TINOSPORA capsulated, can also work well for Diabetes type 2 patient. Is it the stem or the leaves are to be used or the stem alone.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Giloy stem is the most used part and most of the formulations are made with it. Giloy will work well for type 2 diabetes…

  48. keerthi visu
    May 3, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    what are the side effects of guduchi powder?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Guduchi has low toxicity but it's usage in pregnant women should be monitored. It reduce blood sugar levels so diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels closely while taking guduchi.

  49. Der Rick
    May 11, 2016 / 1:36 am

    Hi Ramya,We're growing Seenthil Kodi at our home and it has grown a long vine at our terrace. We recommend it to everybody in our area and we give them to people who needs them. My mom and dad consume 4-5 levees every morning in an effort stomach for more than 3 months. Does it do any harm if it's taken for a longer period of time, as you've mentioned in the above comments to consume it for 4-5 weeks? And I also wanted to know what's the best time to consume these leaves. Please advise.Regards, Derrick

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Long term usage of any herb is best taken under medical supervision. Though guduchi | seenthil kodi is a very safe herb I would suggest the same for it too as the doctor will give the correct dosage depending the body type. Guduchi reduces blood sugar levels so if your parents are diabetic please monitor their blood sugar levels closely…

  50. Lenu Sawant
    May 26, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Hello Ma'am! I have molluscum contagiosum. It's a virus that affects people who have weak immune system. It causes lesions. I had these lesions on my face and neck. I visited skin specialist and she treated those lesions by curettage. But now after 2 months I got those lesions again on my face. It seems that these lesions will not stop as long as I get rid of this virus from my body. My family Dr prescribed me Guduchi Himalaya Capsules. Will these be useful for molluscum contagiosum? please reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Giloy greatly improves immunity and it is also a very safe herb to consume. Taking giloy will improve immunity which in turn will prevent the disease…

  51. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 6, 2016 / 5:56 am

    Hello Sir, I am so very sorry for the late reply, due to personal reasons I couldn't answer the queries immediately for the past few months. Guduchi and ashwagandha are both very very useful for improving immunity and they can be taken together. Daily dosage of guduchi and ashwagandha is around 5 gm per day (I would suggest slowly increasing the dosage). If you experience any gastric irritation while taking ashwagandha decrease the dosage even further. Also if you are diabetic guduchi might lower blood sugar levels further so please keep a close watch…

  52. Unknown
    June 6, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Hello mam nice information.i am diabetic for the past 2 year how can I take guduchi.tablet form or root or stem.if tablet how many per day .please inform me mam it would be of great use.i too have wheezing problem and I am obese too.i am unmarried 35Female.i am scared of marriage due to diabetes

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 8, 2016 / 8:35 am

      You can take guduchi in tablet form if you can't get fresh plant stem extract daily. The daily suggested dosage is around 500 mg in divided dose. But guduchi will lower blood sugar levels and will help improve immunity. Since you are diabetic please take guduchi only under medical advice to determine the correct dosage…

  53. Rising Sun
    June 23, 2016 / 2:37 am


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 1:45 am

      Hello, guduchi will help increase platelet count but I would suggest you try papaya leaf juice first as it increases the platelet count very very fast…

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2016 / 5:20 am

      Hi madam, I am suffering with ITP low platelets and it was diagnosed 4 years back.. but i dont know when it was started.. Can i use giloy to increse the platelet count. Even i tried papaya leaf extract caripill micro labs medicine for 1 month but no use… can u suggest how and when it will be taken orally. and please suggest best giloy ayurvedic extract medicine…thanks madam…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Giloy will definitely help for increasing platelet count and I would suggest taking it. Usually the suggested general dosage is 2.5 grams of the powder boiled in a cup of water taken twice a day after food (But I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic practitioner for the precise dosage for increasing platelet count). I have used only fresh guduchi extract so I am not sure which brand of guduchi powder is good. Also if you are diabetic please remember guduchi will lower blood sugar levels…

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Hai ram ya mam my husband s having diabetes. V don't wish to go for medicine and v still didn't consult doctor.actually he wants to reduce through food and food remedies.can u suggest me when should he have daily and shall v can get patanjali giloy juice.

  54. Anonymous
    June 24, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Hello,I was told that Guduchi is good for type 1 diabetics to lower their insulin intake and control their blood sugars, Do you know what form of guduchi is best? I was told a tincture is best but I cannot find it anywhere. I am only finding powder form.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Guduchi is good for diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels. You can take the guduchi stem decoction for best results or you can use guduchi satva sold in the markets but please take guduchi for treating diabetes only under medical supervision…

  55. Rahul Patil
    July 1, 2016 / 4:02 am

    My mom is an astama patient. But she consumes steam of guduchi since last two years. And she didn't get any attack of astama in these two years. I'm 3 months married, before marriage, my wife if washed a pair of clothes or few utensils,her platlate count used to decrease and she used suffer from cold and fever. After my marriage, my mom started giving her steam of giloy every morning. We've observed that now she is working in water, coming all drenched in rain from her school (she is a teacher), but still she is not suffering from cold or fever and her platlate count is under control. We believe that it is just because of giloy as she is not on any other medication. I want to know more if the giloy helps in increasing platlate count for women. If yes, then what should be the remedy.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      I was very happy to read that your wife is better after taking giloy. Giloy does increase platelet count, the other herb that increases platelet count is papaya leaf juice…

  56. Anonymous
    July 2, 2016 / 10:13 am

    for diabetics when how much it should be taken….whether stem boiled in water should be taken on empty stomach for diabetis

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      The fresh giloy stem decoction or the stem powder can be taken for treating diabetes and the general suggested dosage of the powder is around 1/2 to 1 tsp a day and can be taken before or after food. But I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage as taking both diabetic medication and giloy will lower the blood sugar levels too much…

  57. Anonymous
    July 4, 2016 / 9:53 am

    in what proportion and when should giloy powder be taken for general immunity booster

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 5:49 am

      For improving immunity, 1/2 to 1 tsp of giloy powder can be taken after food…

  58. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Hello MadamCan u tell me ayurvedic medicines for ulcerative colitis

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      There are 3 ingredients that will be very helpful for ulcerative colitis: 1. Consuming Aloe Vera juice. 2. Taking Licorice Tea 3. Turmeric milk. All these 3 ingredients have been proven to be very effective for ulcerative colitis. You can find the recipes for all these three in the blog.

  59. Dillip Biswal
    July 26, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Hello Mam,Nice article and excellent presentation/answer given by you. I appreciate.Would you please do let me know the address of shopping store (online) where I can order "sirukurinjan". I have searched internet and can't find any suitable stores.Regards,Dillip

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Here is a link for buying sirukurinjan online here

  60. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Congratulations on a wonderful site. i have just pruned the amruthaballi growing at my place as it was taking over the entire garden. Could you please suggest what I could do with the loads of leaves i have harvested along with entwined stems? Please reply to sarsayee@gmail.com if it is not too inconvenient. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      You can dry the stems and leaves separately till there is no moisture left and store. You can use it for making giloy tea with it like mentioned in the post…

  61. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    can white hair turn black naturally.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 16, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      There are good home remedies for reversing premature greying of the hair like curry leaf oil or bhringraj oil but they usually work best in the early stages…

  62. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 / 9:15 am

    How grow my height mam I am 14year boy

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Apart from eating a high protein diet, consuming ashwagandha powder mixed in warm milk and honey might help…

  63. vaithi
    August 17, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Hi Ramya mam… I'm having wounds on my back neck. I've consulted skin specialists many time. Not even the single wound is healed.. I searched in google for the cause of these wounds, there I found a photograph with the wounds like mine.. Then only I recognised that it is folliculitis …. May I use seenthil kodi for that problem.. ? If not Please do prescribe me any other medicine!! Note: I'm 24 years old and I'm having this problem for 3 years… Tried lots of medicine… But not cured!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 5:35 am

      For folliculitis, I would suggest taking turmeric tea which has wonderful anti inflammatory properties daily twice, here is recipe for it: recipe. Also I would suggest grinding fresh neem leaves and turmeric and applying all over the affected area. Continue this treatment daily for a few days regularly to see results…

  64. Anonymous
    August 19, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    hai health is wealthIf the above said proverb to be maintained and controlling of food like palaks, palaks soups, eating of fresh vegetables and fruits, etc,.. complete

  65. said ramazani
    August 20, 2016 / 8:45 am

    HelloI suffer from nasal allergy with blockage itchy burning sensation but no sneezing and also catch a cold very fast and have burning sensation on my feet soul What could help me I have given up on medicine also my blood analysis is very good a part of my white blood counts are slightly low and doctors say because of my badi motoric thin this and also very sensitive to air conditioning Please adviseThank you

  66. said ramazani
    August 20, 2016 / 8:49 am

    HelloI am suffering from nasal allergy all around the year with blockage stuffy nose burning sensation sensitive to air conditioning and catch a cold very fast this has effected my life hugelyDoctors only prescribed nasal spray and such and it doesn't helpMy blood analysis is ok. Apart of my white blood cells a bit low but not hugelyBorderlineFeeling tired restless etcPlease advise

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 5:40 am

      Guduchi will be good for you as it helps improve immunity and it is also a great anti allergen. Try taking it in the proper dosage daily for a few weeks to see good results. Also drinking nilavembu kudineer (you can read about it in the blog) is also a very very good way to increase immunity and fight off allergies (you can read about it in the blog). Try either one of these treatments…

  67. said ramazani
    August 21, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Hello againThank you for your swift reply what would be a proper dosage and in what form capsules or powder would suit my conditionMany thanks

  68. said ramazani
    August 21, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Also I live in Spain how would I get these?Please advise

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      The general suggested dosage for guduchi powder is 250 mg twice a day. It will be best if you can start taking it after consulting an ayurvedic physician as they will determine the dosage accurately for a person depending on one's body. If you can't then I would suggest starting with 1/4 tsp twice day. But regular intake will reduce blood sugar levels so if you are diabetic I would suggest to be very cautious as it can lower the blood sugar levels way too low. Here is an online source for buying it: amazon

  69. Unknown
    August 25, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Hello mam, I searched for this plant everywhere is chennai. Didn't find it. Can u please help

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Usually you will find giloy plant growing wild all over waste lands in Tamil Nadu. If you visit any nearby village you can collect giloy easily and can start growing it at home. I am not very familiar with Chennai but I would suggest trying in nurseries in Chennai, in my experience most of the nurseries for a small sum of money procure any plant that we ask for…

  70. Anonymous
    August 30, 2016 / 9:16 am

    hello mam,i have guduchi plant at home. it is growing in abundance. can i cut few stems and let them dry. then later when it is required can i use the dry power?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 30, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Yes, you can dry the guduchi stems and use it later as a dry powder or decoction when needed…

  71. Anonymous
    September 1, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    giloy juice should be taken raw or boiled and how many days

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 8:04 am

      You can take the stem decoction daily by boiling 5 grams of the dried stem powder in 1 cup of water till it reduces well. Usually 15 to 20 ml tbsp of the water decoction is the general suggested dosage, it can be had daily for a period of about 4 to 6 weeks…

  72. Badri Narayanan
    September 3, 2016 / 6:06 am

    hello mam: I was down with mini chikungunya on 30th August 2016,now alright after that I have pain in all the joints, somebody told me to contact ayurvedic doctor. He recommended giloy juice in empty stomach in the morning is it ok.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Giloy is good for chikungunya, I would suggest taking it as advised…

  73. Anonymous
    September 8, 2016 / 8:38 am

    does consumption of this juices cause constipation and headache

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 10, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Giloy juice will not cause headaches but giloy in any form including giloy juice might cause mild constipation in some people…

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2016 / 11:34 am

      i was taking giloy stem crushed and boiled in water every morning its causing me constipation,i was taking for skin can u suggest any thing which help in this.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      I would suggest starting with natural whole fruits for treating constipation. Usually a small cup of ripe papaya or a ripe banana before bed works well for treating mild forms of constipation…..

  74. Nilima Sharma
    September 17, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Dear Ramya, I find your views very fascinating. I have started taking aparajita (blue) tea. For over 2 yrs have been eating neem, parijata, drumstick, black tulsi, paan,bel leaves and white sadha phool flowers (After reading your blog). Has done me no harm. People think I am a goat!

    • Sri
      September 26, 2016 / 5:39 am

      Hi, Thx for the great info about the guduchi, am having urticaria past 2 years… Still having pills every day.. With out pills i can't survive one single night.. Will Guduchi can heal me? Please advice.

    • Sri
      September 26, 2016 / 5:40 am

      Hi, Thx for the great info about the guduchi, am having urticaria past 2 years… Still having pills every day.. With out pills i can't survive one single night.. Will Guduchi can heal me? Please advice.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 28, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Dear Nilima, I am glad you trying out many remedies and recipes from the blog…:)

  75. Anonymous
    September 18, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Hello Mam,1.My 4yrs old son is frequently down with fever,should we start Giloy juice or Giloy Powder form?2.What should be the dosage frequency?daily weekly?3.How long should we take this..?

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2016 / 11:25 am

      My 3 year old son also has same problem. Please advice dosage asap.

  76. akhtar hussain
    September 21, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Hello Madam. I from from Karnataka,BANGALORE,When I was reading a Urdu book of Pakistani.I found a name امرلتہ بوٹی(Amarlata).I jest want know is this TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA plant or other plant please help me the details of AMARLATA PLANT. THANK YOU MADAMMy e-mail:-akhihussain20@gmail.com

  77. Michael Harvey
    September 25, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Namaste. I am doing a strict candida diet right now of no sugar or white rice or processed flour. Will guduchi affect my blood sugar in anyway? I have a lot of stomach problems and I was recommended this

  78. Unknown
    September 28, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    My platelets are less due to chikangunia can this giloy help me to boost my platelets…what is the dose and method pls describe

  79. Anonymous
    October 9, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Madam giloy is it help to reduce sciatica nerve pain… If so please mam can u suggest the dosage… Please mam… If there is any other medicine please guide me… Thanku

  80. Aarti Kaur
    October 12, 2016 / 7:29 am

    Hello mam..my mom took these leaves and boiled them for too long and drank a bit more as prescribed nd she got the pain in whole body since 3 or 4 days with fever..today i read ur this article so plz tell me is it because of these leaves nd what we should do now…u can msg me here ranjitaa8@gmail.com

  81. Anjali Bhageria
    October 14, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Hello i am 5 months pregnant and my blood platelets is very low.so can i start taking giloy as i saw that giloy is good for blood platelets.

  82. Anjali Bhageria
    October 14, 2016 / 9:33 am

    hello i am 5 months pregnant and my blood platelets is very low.so can i start taking giloy? as i saw that giloy is good for blood platelets.can we take during preganacy?

  83. Unknown
    October 31, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Ma'am, I suffer from lack of energy and fatigue since years. I also have IBS, bloating and digestion related problems. I also feel heat in my body and feverish often. I found on google that Giloy helps cool down the system. Would request you to please let me know if having Giloy Ghanvati(Patanjali)will help me? Regards,

  84. Anonymous
    October 31, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Dear Ramya. I'm a breastfeeding mom. my immunity is too low and I catch cold too fast. I tried so many medicines but nothing worked. I also lost my smelling sense for so many days now. Please let me know if I can take guduchi pills to get rid of my respiratory problems.

  85. Anonymous
    November 2, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    hi can we use satgoily for conceive preganancy

  86. Simranjeet Singh
    November 8, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Hello ,My mother is 57 years old and having cretanine around 6.5 . Will giloy be helpful and can she take means no side effects will be there ?Please reply or mail me at deepak.narang0011@gmail.com

  87. Ashni
    November 10, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Hi Mam,It's great to see how you respond personally to every query. My daughter is 7 years old and she has extremely dry skin. She feel itchy on her entire body especially abdomen, back,shoulder joints and elbows. She develops red patches due to itching. Will applying Giloy powder mixed in water help her? We are tired of continous medication nothing seems to help.

  88. Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Hello mam I am 38weeks pregnant now and consuming sirukuranjan from my 38weeks of pregnancy because of gensational diabetes. I don't know that it should not be consumed during pregnancy will it affect me r my child in any way. Pls reply as soon as possible.can I continue sirukuranjan till my delivery r should I stop using it.what will be the side effects if it is consumed as powder during pregnancy. Pls reply me at divyavelumanirajan@gmail.com

  89. somisettymallikarjuna
    December 3, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Mam,my daughter aged 15 years suffering from blocked nostrils,sneezes hardly in the mornings and has sleepiness nights for longtime and constipation too.pls suggest the right medicine for her.

  90. Anonymous
    December 3, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Can we take giloy satva for autoimmune conditions?

  91. tishya
    December 8, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Hi Ramya, do you think Giloy can be given to dogs? Have you ever tried giving it to your dog?

  92. Anonymous
    December 13, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Is it possible to soak the leaves in boiled water and use as a poultice.

  93. Anonymous
    December 13, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Curious to know if you can soak the leaves in hot water and use as a poultice?

  94. Muskan Girdher
    December 25, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Hello mam, would you tell me How to use giloy to increase blood palette count

  95. Just Married Groom
    December 29, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Hello Mam,Should just married groom, looking to conceive, avoid guduchi or take less dosage, due to spermicidal effect. Please advise. Thank you

  96. Pooja
    December 29, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Hello Mam,Can giloy be consumed by 3 year kid. Please advice. My kid suffers from cold cough very frequently.Reply asap

  97. Shenika Keis
    February 10, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Great article, i'll definitely try this remedies please keep posting more about herbs, thanks for such a informative article.

  98. verschollen
    March 4, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Mam My Son is 3 year old and has glanzmann thrombasthenia.!ita a platlet function disorder. He is fine and doesn't need any medicine daily . However there are minor bruises as epistaxis every day and if there is any bleeding might need medicine (tranexenic acid) . Will giloy help him or is it just to increase platlets ? His platlet count is Normal otherwise . Kindly advise

  99. Prateek
    April 16, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Are leaves of giloy plant helpful ? Or should we use stem part only ?

  100. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    dear ma'am pl guide me how to take kalmegh powder for constipation and blood sugar

  101. junkyardglory
    April 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Hi, I came across your blog when I was searching for giloy plant benefits. My son has been running high fever for five days and medication was not helping.My neighbour suggested giloy but I was unsure googled for it.Thanks for the detailed information and congratulations for such a wonderful blog. I will certainly try the DIY rosewater in your blog as its a regular in our home.Keep enlightening us!

  102. junkyardglory
    April 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Hi, I came across your blog when I was searching for giloy plant benefits. My son has been running high fever for five days and medication was not helping.My neighbour suggested giloy but I was unsure googled for it.Thanks for the detailed information and congratulations for such a wonderful blog. I will certainly try the DIY rosewater in your blog as its a regular in our home.Keep enlightening us!

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  104. Planet Ayurveda
    May 15, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is really holding large amount of health benifits. And the information provided by you is really helpful. Giloy Or Guduchi is a gift from mother nature.

  105. Bijay gupta
    June 30, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Hlw mam . . .I'm a male aged 27 and my wt is only 46 kg . . .a year back inorder to gain weight I started taking Aswagandha with milk for around 2 months but it backfired and I was having severe digestion problems and lateron after diagnosis I came to know I'm suffering from lactose intolerance and ibs as a result I'm having problem in eating n bloating , stuffy nose throughout the year and also sharp pain in between stomach and diaphragm so doctor prescribed me eliwel 10 mg . . .and now I came to know about giloya satva . . .so will it be safe to take giloya along with eliwel ? Also suggest me for wt gain . . .

  106. MV Setty
    July 25, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Hi Dr. Ramya, I am a retired Naval officer residing at Visakhapatnam(AP) aged 72yrs.suffering from Diabeties 1983 due to cronic pancreatietis,now Insulin dependant 32 IU AM and 22 IU PM, most of the times my sugar level goes 300 PP,Fasting normal. I have a TINOSPORA COROIFLORA (Giloy) creeper on Neem tree which I planted both,I am consuming 2 leaves each AM and PM for last one week found some relief. I am also suffering from BPH and constipation. Please suggest me What part of Giloy creeper in what form I must cosume and for how long for good effect? any restriction to use continously life long?Regards.

    • MV Setty
      August 30, 2017 / 6:33 am

      Dr. Ramya, I am awaiting your reply,please give some guide lines.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2017 / 2:36 am

      His sir, I am so sorry for the late reply. I am not a doctor just a person who is immensely interested in herbs :). Consume the giloy stem decoction, by boiling a small part of the stem in water. You can also consume giloy satva which is available in the markets. Giloy is usually a very safe herb and can be consumed for long duration's of time without any side effects. It will also improve your immunity and overall health…

  107. Jagdev
    August 2, 2017 / 3:58 am

    Giloy is best immunomodulatory herbs and it is usually highly beneficial in low grade fever or chronic fevers.

  108. shilpa
    August 11, 2017 / 5:33 am

    How to consume giloy satva, pls can you guide

  109. Unknown
    September 27, 2017 / 1:51 am

    one should use gulvel which grows on neem tree.It is more powerful on any old fever

  110. Manoj jaison
    September 27, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Thank You Ramyaji,it was such a informative article,hope You continue writing such valuable articles. All the Best.

  111. Uma
    October 3, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Hi mamI have two sons(3 & 8yrs old). Both are suffering cold and fever ofenly. Frm Google searching i came to know that giloy plant which helps to increases the immunity. Pls suggest some giloy product with dosage. What type of product is suitable for them.(tablet or.juice or powder).

  112. Manoj jaison
    October 3, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Umaji namaste,I think tablets will be more suitable for children. I suggest to take organic india immunity capsules,and patanjaly guduchi ghan vati. The proper dosage is 1-1 tablets of each twice a day after meals for 3-6 months. I suggest You to consult a Good Ayurvedic Dr in your area or wait for Ramya madams valuable advice.If anybody has any queries abt health,beauty,skincare or need counselling online please email me at jaisonmanoj44@gmail.com.

  113. Anisha Joy
    October 17, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Hi I'm a 17 yr old female and also a bone cancer patient. I underwent 5 chemo therapy cycles of ifosfamide cisplatin and adriyamycin and I'm told to undergo a total femur replacement surgery this month.is it safe for me to have amrutavalli…can I have any sideeffects and also what should be the form of intake?How long will it take to show the effects? Please reply soon -Anisha

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  115. Larina xcx
    February 10, 2018 / 5:48 am

    Hi mam is it safe to consume giloy stem alone with green tea

  116. VatsaV
    February 17, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Mam i am 30 and iam normal in sugar.. can i take such herbals regularly

  117. T.S.Rajan
    July 6, 2019 / 10:25 pm


    I am 87 years old and I have extremely dry skin. I feel itchy on my entire body especially abdomen, under arm.. I develops red patches due to itching. Will applying Giloy powder mixed in water help ? I am tired of english & homeo medications. Nothing seems to help.

    With best regards,

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