Guduchi  (Amrit) 

Latin:  Tinospora cordifolia

Family:  Menispermaceae

Parts Used:  All parts

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, pungent, cooling

Properties:  Immunomodulator, anti-diabetic, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, tonic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, aphrodisiac.

Actions:  Meaning imprerishable, Amrit has been known as the “Queen of the Rasayanas” in Ayurvedic medicine  A rasayana is a health and longevity tonic.  Amrit has been used to reduce inflammation the form of rheumatic disorders, arthritis, gout, skin conditions such as eczema, to improve immune function and to ward off colds and flu.    Amrit has also been noted to treat digestive ailments such as stomach ulcers, improve libido and as a general tonic to improve stamina and vitality.

In terms of mental health, this is an herb for those who are hot, inflamed, feel heavy and lethargic, weak with stress and diet related inflammation such as ulcers, gastritis and arthritis.  Depression may be mixed with frustration, anger and a feeling of toxicity.

Dosage:  1-2 teaspoon infused for 10 minutes to twice a day.

Contraindications:  Those taking diabetic meds, immunomodulator drugs, pregnancy