The Amazing Pharmacological Properties of TinosporacordifoliaA Short Review
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Tinospora cordifolia is a glabrous, perennial, deciduous, climbing shurb of weak and fleshy stem spread across Tropical India and Andmans. T. cordifolia is commonly called as ‘Guduchi’ and is well known for its immense application in the treatment of various diseases in the ancient and traditional ayurvedic literature. The chemical constituents reported from the stem include alkaloids, glycosides, diterpenoid lactones, sesquiterpenoid, steroids, phenolics and polysaccharides. Various properties of T. cordifolia, are described in ancient classical texts of Ayurveda, like Rasayana, Balya, Medhya, Tridoshshamaka, Jwarhara, Kasa-swasahara, Sothhara, Pandunashaka, Kamla-Kushta-Vataraktanashaka, Krimihara, Prameha, Arshnashaka, Agnideepana, Dahnashaka, Hridroganashak, etc. Potential therapeutic properties reported by modern scientific research include antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergic, antispasmodic, adaptogenic, hypoglycemic, anti-stress, anti-leprotic, anti-rheumatic, antimalarial, hepato-protective, immuno-modulatory and anticancerous activities. This article briefly reviews the pharmacological and various therapeutic aspect of T. cordifolia.