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GUDUCHI (AMRITHA). The real Nectar

Guduchi, one of the most valued herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy, is considered an effective treatment for a wide range of ailments—everything from the common cold to skin conditions. Discover how you can use it.

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), also known as amrit, is one of the most valued herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy. According to myth, when the ancient gods churned the primordial ocean, an ambrosial nectar was created that would grant immortality to any who drank it. The nectar was named amrit, a Sanskrit word that means “imperishable.”

Although science hasn’t been able to confirm its immortalizing properties, a growing number of studies support guduchi’s role as an adaptogen, a potent herb that can increase the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, and illness.

The shrub is native to India, and its root, stems, and leaves are used for healing.

The Potential Health Benefits of Guduchi

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:

Allergies and symptoms of hay fever

Arthritis and inflammation

Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema

Gout and rheumatic disorders

Hepatitis and jaundice (supports the liver)

Immune system enhancement

Preventing colds and flu

Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy drugs

Guduchi and the Doshas

Amrit contains the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes. Although it’s traditionally used to remove accumulated Pitta, guduchi can balance all the doshas.

How to Use Guduchi

Guduchi is usually available in powdered form, and the standard dosage for immune enhancement is 1 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, such as eczema and psoriasis.

One precaution: Although studies have shown no significant adverse side effects, guduchi can be constipating if taken for long periods by those prone to sluggish bowels.

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