Giloy! Health Study On The Safety Of Giloy For Immunity Amid Covid-19(2023)

Health Study on Giloy

The study was recently published in Hepatology Communications, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.

“Tinospora  cordifolia,  also  known  as  the  heart-leaved  moonseed  (or  Giloy  in  Hindi  and Guduchi  in  Sanskrit), is  popularly  marketed in  India  as  an  ‘immune-booster  herbal  supplement’ with  the  ‘potential’  to  prevent COVID-19, despite a lack of strong clinical evidence  for its  use,” the study notes.

While it validates that Giloy has been shown  to  have immune-stimulating  properties, it adds, “A recent paper describing six patients from a single center revealed that Giloy use could lead to acute hepatitis with autoimmune features or unmask an underlying autoimmune chronic liver disease (CLD).”

Considering how people turned to Giloy in the midst of the pandemic, this study is a natural cause for worry.

Side effects of Giloy

While Giloy started gaining unprecedented glory in 2020, HealthShots had spoken to Dr Amitabh Parti, Director, Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital, Gurugram, to understand its likely side effects.

Dr Parti had pointed out that one can go wrong with the dosage of Giloy if one is self-medicating, and that can do more harm than good. These are the side effects he pointed out:

* Constipation
* Dropped blood sugar levels
* Trigering of certain autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
* May be harmful to pregnant women

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