Giloy is safe, asserts Ministry of Ayush

New Delhi: Guduchi  (Tinospora  Cordifolia),  or  commonly  known  as  Giloy,  is  safe   herb  to  use,  the  Ministry  of  Ayush  said  this  while  issuing  a  guideline  on October 5, 2021. 

However, similar looking plants such as Tinospora Crispa may be harmful to human health, it added. 

 Guduchi or Giloy is being widely used in therapeutics for a long time in AYUSH systems.

The Ministry of Ayush issued the guideline after it noticed safety concerns on the use of Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)  that  appeared  on  some  social  media  platforms  and  in  some  scientific  journals.

“There  are  good  number  of  studies  published  in  peer  reviewed  indexed  Journals  to substantiate  safety  and  efficacy  of  Guduchi  (Tinospora  Cordifolia).  Its hepato-protective properties are also   well established. Guduchi is known for its immense therapeutic applications and the practices are regulated in accordance with various applicableprovisions.” the Ministry said.

“It  is  observed  that  different  species  of  Tinospora  are  available  and  only  Tinospora Cordifolia  should  be  used  in  therapeutics,  whereas  similar  looking  species  such  as  Tinospora Crispa  may   manifest adverse effects.”

The Ministry  reiterated  that  Guduchi  is  a  safe  and  effective  Ayurveda  medicine. 

“However, it is advisable to use it in consultation with a qualified and registered Ayush physician.”

The 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.”

For the purpose of identification, the guideline clearly informs about the difference between Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) and Tinospora Crispa.

Below is the comparison between Tinospora Cordifolia and Tinospora Crispa:

Source: Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.

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