Part of: Prelims and GS – II – Health
Context The Ministry of Ayush’s advisory on the use of Guduchi, also known as Giloy, confirms that Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is safe to use but some similar looking plants like Tinospora crispa may be harmful.
What is Guduchi?
- Guduchi is a popularly known herb and has been used in therapeutics since long in AYUSH systems.
- It is a large, glabrous, perennial, deciduous, climbing shrub of weak and fleshy stem found throughout India.
- It is a widely used plant in folk and Ayurvedic systems of medicine.
- Potential medicinal properties include anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-stress, antimalarial, etc.