Giloy can be used as a decorative plant to elevate the aesthetic appeal of your house. As Giloy is a creeper, it grows on effortlessly on the side walls of your house and can be a good decoration. Of course, you need to trim the creeper regularly to keep it in shape.
If that caught your attention, we certainly wouldn’t blame you. In case you are ever contemplating the role of giloy in your life, ‘decoration’ would be highly unlikely to crop up as an option. The word ‘giloy’ has become so powerfully associated with health and wellness in recent years, that nothing else would come to mind. You certainly won’t be searching for Giloy when you are looking to buy plants for your home!
If you are on the look-out for immunity-boosting foods, you will certainly find Giloy among some of the top ingredients on the lists of nutrition specialists. This magical herb has been lauded for its tremendous medicinal benefits.
Used as a herb in Ayurveda at large, it holds an important place in the ancient medicinal system. Since giloy has been used to treat a number of health problems over centuries, it holds a sobriquet of the “Queen of Herbs” in Ayurveda.
Today, with the advent of players like Patanjali, India has been exporting a number of processed products made of Giloy, apart from the herb itself to countries like Russia, Canada, Hong Kong, France, Australia, and Mauritius. Available in the form of juices today, Giloy finds a prominent place on the shelves of many e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Medlife and brands like Patanjali, Baidyanath and Alps.
The mystical nectar
Due to its widely acknowledged usage in to treat a plethora of problems pertaining to skin, eyes, immunity or digestion, the herb has been regarded as Amrit or nectar of life. As the mythological legend goes, a fight for nectar between the Gods and the devils ensued for Amrit or nectar of immortality, when it emanated from the sea. The demons ran away, taking the pot with them. While they ran, few drops of the nectar were fell on the ground. These drops are believed to have transformed into a deciduous herb known as Giloy.
While legends are a matter of faith, Giloy has indeed proved true to its name as a miraculous healer. In fact, an ubiquitous Giloy campaign run by Acharya Ramdev recently had brought positive results among dengue sufferers.
You may not know this!
It was somewhere near late 1940s when India got its first branded Chawaprash from the House of Dabur. One very commonly known fact about Chawanprash is its ability to improve the immune system. But did you the magical ingredient in Chawanprash that makes it possible? Well, It is Giloy!
Now imagine the benefits if Giloy is consumed in the raw form! Used as a potent ingredient in various drugs, Giloy has a vast number of health benefits - anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-allergic, anti-malarial, and anti-diabetic. It boosts immunity, treats chronic fever, boosts digestion, treats diabetes, asthma, gouty arthritis, and is helpful in eye disorders. Giloy also reduces anxiety and improves mental strength. Besides, it is also known for its aphrodisiacal properties. Since it is believed to contain anti-ageing properties, Giloy is also used in the cosmetic industry.
Nutritional value of Giloy
The fact that Giloy is helpful in so many health ailments itself validates the fact that it is high in nutritional content. Owing to the abundance of alkaloids, steroids, flavonoids, lignans and carbohydrates in Giloy, it is used to manufacture many herbal, Ayurvedic and modern medicines.
Botanically, Giloy is a shrub found in abundance in the tropical regions and is one of the herbs notified by NMPB. Amongst the high volume trade category, National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of Ayush, GOI, has identified 46 such species, which grow in abundance along roadsides, farm bunds, fallow lands and wastelands across the tropical regions of the country. These species have high regeneration potential, are very hardy and are known to come up even in high stress conditions.
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