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The story of Giloy: the ‘root of immortality’

Mar 04, 2021 11:18 IST

They don't call it the 'root of immortality' for nothing. Giloy or Guduchi in Hindi is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for years.  

The herb is known for its immunity-boosting properties. A trove of antioxidants, Giloy helps the body fight various infections and purifies the blood. 

It's anti-pyretic nature has found to be effective in the treatment of recurrent fevers in some studies. Thus, ayurvedic practitioners consider it effective in treating patients of dengue, malaria and swine flu. 

In addition, it is believed the herb can aid skin regeneration and enhance the production of collagen. A paste made from Giloy leaves can be applied on wounds to accelerate recovery.  

Diabetes patients or those with type-2 diabetes at least can benefit from Giloy consumption. As per studies, Giloy acts like a hypoglycaemic agent, which may also help in lowering blood sugar levels. 

Experts, however, recommend that if you suffer from any kind of autoimmune diseases, it is best to avoid the herb since it may cause the immune system to become more active. 

The best way to have it is in the form of a juice. Alternatively, you can mix some Guduchi powder with other things like amla or milk to extract its benefits.