Guduchi: ‘The One Which Protects the Body’

January 31, 2020

One of the most highly revered plants in Ayurveda, Guduchi is also referred to as “Heavenly Elixir” and the “Nectar of Life”. It has also been described as “one which protects the body”, with the many actions of this herb making it effective in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments.

In Ayurvedic Medicine, Guduchi is classed as bitter and astringent with a special action to destroy toxins – both internally and externally. It is traditionally used to promote life and longevity, increase strength, increase appetite, as an aphrodisiac, a blood cleanser, digestive aid, to alleviate skin disorders and as an adaptogen.

Immune Boosting

Another of the many names attributed to this powerful herb is the “Nectar of Immunity”. Studies have found that Guduchi supplementation can enhance the ability of macrophages – immune cells that engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, dangerous bacteria, and anything else that does not have the type of proteins specific to healthy body.

A detailed study looking at the effectiveness of Guduchi on the immune system was published in the “Journal of Immunology Research” in 2017. It was concluded that, “T. cordifolia and its constituents have been shown to possess immune-stimulating properties. T. cordifolia and its constituent α-D-glucan stimulate NK (natural killer) cells, B cells, and T cells with simultaneous production of various immune-stimulatory cytokines…… it can be concluded that aqueous and methanolic extracts of T. cordifolia possess immune stimulatory, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, and antioxidant properties.”

Allergies

Guduchi has also been found to be particularly effective against allergy symptoms such as allergic rhinitis, significantly reducing symptoms including stuffiness, sneezing and itching. It is known in Ayurveda as a histamine stabiliser and in animal studies it has decreased histamine-induced bronchospasms (tightening of airways and difficulty breathing) and helped stabilise mast cells.

Guduchi works intelligently by calming histamine reactions when needed and catalyzing more histamine when needed.

Liver Health

Many studies have been done on Guduchi’s ability to heal the liver and reverse damage, especially that which is related to alcoholism. One study found that a 14 day treatment with Guduchi extract reversed various biomarkers related to liver damage.

Another study published in “Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine” in 2017 revealed that Guduchi helps in alcohol-induced liver toxicity by; regulating antioxidant enzymes, improving liver function, regulating cholesterol metabolism and regulating liver enzyme activity.

It has been found boost antioxidant defences, regulate cholesterol metabolism and improve liver function to fight alcohol toxicity.

Detoxification

The ability of Guduchi to assist in detoxification is primarily attributed to its potent antioxidant properties. It increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes, scavenges harmful free radicals and controls their production. Alkaloids such as choline and palmatine present in the herb contribute to its antioxidant power. The liver is primary detoxification organ in the body; Guduchi cleans the whole system principally through its purifying and building actions upon liver tissue.

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Ayurveda: Guduchi: The One Which Protects the Body

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