The plant is a glabrous climbing shrub found throughout India, typically growing in deciduous and dry forests. The leaves are heart shaped. The succulent bark is creamy white to grey in color, with deep clefts spotted with lenticels. It puts out long, slender aerial roots, and is often grown on mango or neem trees. Flowers are yellow, growing in lax racemes from nodes on old wood. Fruits are drupes, turning red when ripe.
In herbal medicine
According to the 1918 United States Dispensatory, the plant has a long history of use in India as a medicine and in the preparation of a starch known as Giloe-ka-sat or as Palo. Tinospora cordifolia and related species such as Tinospora crispa and Tinospora rumphii Boerl are used in Ayurvedic and Jamu herbal medicine.
In Ayurvedic use
In Ayurveda, Guduchi is considered one of the most divine herbs.
A standardized extract from Tinospora known as Tinofend has been studied clinically. One study in 75 patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) showed statistically significant reduction of symptoms compared to placebo. An independent review of this study concluded that "significant intergroup differences were seen in all symptoms", although studies in larger populations may support this finding. A combination of T. cordifolia extract and turmeric extract is effective in reducing the hepatotoxicity which is induced by the combination of isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol for treating tuberculosis.
There are many common names for this species in different languages. Punjabi: گلو (Gllow) Telugu: తిప్ప తీగ (Tippa-teega) Tamil: சீந்தில் கொடி (Shindilakodi) Malayalam: ചിറ്റമൃത് (Amruthu, Chittamruthu) Kannada: ಅಮೃತ ಬಳ್ಳಿ (Amrutha balli), Sinhala: Rasakinda, Hindi:geloy (गिलोय), guruc (गुरुच), gurcha, Gujarati: galac, garo, Sanskrit: Amritavalli (अमृतवल्ली), amrta (अमृत), cinnodbhava (छिन्नोद्भवा), Marathi: Guduchi (गुडूची), gulvel (गुळवेल) Oriya: Guluchi, Myanmar: ဆင်တုံးမနွယ်
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- Ethnobotanical Leaflets
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- http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/Guduchi Guduchi: The one who protects the body