Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) – also known as Amrit – is one of the most valued herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy. According to Vedic myth, when the ancient gods churned the primordial ocean, an ambrosial nectar was created that would confer immortality on any who imbibed it. The nectar was named amrit, a Sanskrit word that means “imperishable.” Although modern science hasn’t been able to confirm its immortalizing properties, a growing number of studies support guduchi’s role as an adoptogen – a potent herb that increases the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, and illness.
Guduchi has been used for thousands of years in India but is only just beginning to be available in the West. It is commonly used for the following purposes:
- Preventing colds and flu
- Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy drugs
- Immune system enhancement
- Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
- Anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory
- Hepatitis & jaundice (helps protect the liver from exposure to toxins)
- Gout and rheumatic disorders
Amrit contains the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes. Although it is traditionally used to remove accumulated Pitta dosha, guduchi is balancing for all the doshas.
How to Use Guduchi:
Guduchi is usually available in powdered form, and the standard dosage for immune enhancement is one teaspoon twice daily. It can be taken on an ongoing basis if you are facing a persistent health challenge such as cancer. At the onset of a cold or flu, taking guduchi for a week may help to fight off the infection.
Combined with other herbs:
Guduchi can be combined with Shatavari or ashwagandha as a general tonic, or with aloe vera juice for the purposes of detoxification.
As a paste:
Guduchi can also be used in the form of a paste and applied directly to chronic skin irritations.
One precaution: Although studies have shown no significant adverse side effects, guduchi can be slightly constipating if taken for long periods by those prone to sluggish bowels.
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