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Guduchi, also known by Giloy, is an herbaceous deciduous climbing shrub that grows in high elevations with heart shaped simple, alternate leaves and greenish yellow typical flowers. Guduchi is from the plant family Menispermaceae indigenous to tropical regions of the Indian subcontinent. Flowers which appear in June are unisexual, male flowers are clustered, while female flowers are usually solitary, and the plants fruits appear in November. In Ayurvedic medicine, Guduchi is said to be one of three amrit plants. The Sanskrit term “amrit” literally means “nectar” or “ambrosia”. And in the context of Ayurvedic medicine, “amrit” is understood to be the nectar of the Gods. The three plants which contain this heavenly nectar (or amrit) are Guduchi, garlic, and Haritaki.
Guduchi was known as a powerful nutritive tonic and one of the best herbs for balancing vata and pitta, but it does support all three doshas. Historically Guduchi was said to have characteristic of being heating while simultaneously removing excess pitta from the body. The heat burning up accumulated toxins in the liver, kidneys, joints and blood. As a rejuvenative tonic, Guduchi was said to strengthen the tissues and promotes vitality while calming the mind. It is also traditionally used to promote a healthy reproductive system. Guduchi is a rich source of protein and micronutrients, such as iron, zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. Guduchi is rich in antioxidants like ascorbic acid, lycopene and carotene–all anti-ageing properties.
The taste and energetics of Guduchi are bitter, sweet, pungent, warming and astringent. Guduchi has an affinity towards the immune system, liver, kidneys, skin, digestive system, musculoskeletal system and reproductive system. Combine Guduchi with Shatavari or Ashwagandha as a general tonic or combine with Aloe to support detoxification.
How to use:
Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon with warm water, once or twice daily.
Cautions & contraindications:
Can cause a slight burning sensation of the abdomen.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.