INDIA. New Delhi: Ministry of Ayush has recently noticed safety concerns on use of Giloy (Guduchi /Tinospora cordifolia) that were published in social media and in some scientific journals, and issued an advisory to confirm that Giloy is safe to use but some similar looking plants like Tinospora crispa may be harmful. Giloy is a popularly known herb, familiar as Giloy and is being used in therapeutics since long in AYUSH systems.
Giloy is a climbing shrub with heart shaped leaves, and is an essential herb in Ayurvedic medicine. All parts of this plant are thought to have health benefits. It has been regularly used it to treat a wide range of issues, including fever, infections, diarrhea, and diabetes.
There are good number of studies published in peer reviewed indexed Journals to substantiate safety and efficacy of Giloy. Its hepato-protective properties are also well established. Giloy is known for its immense therapeutic applications and the practices are regulated in accordance with various applicable provisions.
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It is observed that different species of Tinospora are available and only Tinospora cordifolia should be used in therapeutics, whereas similar looking species like Tinospora crispa may manifest adverse effects.
Hence, it is safe to say that Giloy is a safe and effective Ayurveda medicine, however it is advisable to use it in consultation with a qualified, registered Ayush physician.
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Ministry of Ayush has a well-established system of Pharmacovigilance (for reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions from Ayush medication), with its network spreading across all over India. If any suspected adverse event occurs after intake of Ayush medicine it may be reported to the nearby Pharmacovigilance centre through an Ayush physician. Further it is advised to take Ayush medicine and treatment under supervision and consultation of a registered Ayush physician only.