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Gurjo A traditional herb with potential to fight the Corona Virus

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The outbreak of the Corona Virus has brought the whole world down to its knees, with no known standard measures to fight against the disease. Thus countless lives have been lost across the globe and countless others are seriously ill.  Nepal is facing similar situation at present as it endures through the second consecutive wave of the Corona Virus. Vaccination programs have failed to inoculate even ten percent of the country’s population and health services have been overwhelmed with patients of Covid-19 resulting in a chaotic situation. People are desperately searching for counter measures to treat the disease and are gathering their squandered attention towards Ayurveda to find a cure. One such plant mentioned in the Ayurveda which could prove beneficial in treatment of Corona is Tinospora Cordifolia. 

Known as Guduchi, Giloy, Amrita, Gurach, Tinospora and Gurjo, it is a climbing shrub with succulent stems and long fleshy aerial roots growing from its branches. Tinospora grows throughout tropical Asia occurring in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bihar and Sri Lanka.  Chemical components, method of consuming Gurjo, and health benefits of consuming the plant are discussed further in this article.

Chemical Constituents of TinosporaThe plant contains alkaloids, glycosides, aliphatic compound, essential oils, mixture of fatty acids and polysaccharides, Steroids, sesquiterpenoid. The alkaloids include berberine, bitter gilonin, and non-glycoside gilonin gilosterol. Major Phytoconstituent reported from the plants stem are Berberine, Palmatine, Tembertarine, Magniflorine, Choline, and Tinosporin. 

Method of Consuming Gurjo: Gurjo can be consumed in powdered form. One can also prepare kadha (decoction) or juice using the plants stem. Gurjo paste can be applied to skin for healing skin problems. Clean and chop branches of the plant and blend to powder form or cook with water to make the kadha juice. 

Health Benefits of Gurjo:  This plant has plethora of health benefits making it impossible to mention it all in this article. It boosts immunity, has antitoxic, antipyretic (reduce fever), anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The plant can be used in following illnesses:

  • Chronic Fever
  • Dengue Fever
  • Hay Fever
  • Controlling Blood Sugar Level
  • Improving digestion and curing Diarrhea, colitis, vomiting, hyperacidity et cetera.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Treating arthritis and gout

Besides, Giloy also help improve eye sight when applied topically. Giloy may help prevent negative effects of radiation therapy.  The active principles from T. cordifolia enhance host immune system by increasing immunoglobulin and blood leukocyte levels and by the stimulation of stem cell proliferation. It has the ability to reduce solid tumor volume by 58.8%, which is comparable to cyclophosphamide, a known chemotherapeutic agent. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory activity, wound healing activity and anti-ulcer activity.

It has been documented that consuming the plant helps cure many different kinds of fever thus increasing its credibility to act against the corona virus. As the world grapples with the virus hopelessly, one should definitely give this magical plant a chance.

Citations and References:

  1. Manoj Kumar Sarangi, Shasank Soni. A Review on Giloy: The Magic Herb. Inventi Rapid: Planta Activa, 2013(2): 1-4, 2013.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shashank-Soni/publication/275346992_A_Review_on_Giloy_The_Magic_Herb/links/5539d0de0cf2239f4e7dacfb/A-Review-on-Giloy-The-Magic-Herb.pdf

  1. 10 Health Benefits of Giloy – The Ultimate Immunity Booster. (n.d.). PharmEasy. Retrieved May 25, 2021, from https://pharmeasy.in/blog/health-benefits-of-giloy-the-ultimate-immunity-booster/
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