It is an herbaceous vine of the family Menispermaceae indigenous to the tropical areas of India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is commonly known as “Guduchi” in Sanskrit.
In Hindi, the plant is commonly known as Giloe which is a Hindu mythological term that refers to the heavenly elixir that has saved celestial beings from old age and kept them eternally young.
It is a plant of significant medicinal importance in the Indian system and designated as Rasayan drug recommended to enhance general body resistance, promote longevity and as antistress and adaptogen.
The fact that it is called “Amrita” signifies its use for revitalization and its importance in Ayurveda.
The extract contains alkaloidal constituents, including berberine and bitter principals, including columbin, chasmanthin, palmarin, tinosporon, tinosporic acid and tinosporol.
These chemical constituents render the herb its therapeutic properties. Guduchi is useful as a diuretic, helps to remove urinary stones and assists in the management of urinary disorders including urinary tract infections. It is helpful in treating liver damage, viral hepatitis and alcohol, medical or chemical poisoning.