K. G. Rajyalakshmi*, P. Sai Sree, B. Dhathri
S.V College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India
A B S T R A C T
In our day to day we expose with various microbes and many antigens. Our body is also equally equipped with a strong immune system to fight against various pathogens. However, we need an external support for our immune system to make it more strong and ready to fight various complex pathogens and various diseases. Medicinal plants play a major role in boosting immunity and that is the treasure from ancient science and holistic approach towards healthy lifestyle. One such treasure gifted by Ayurveda/Siddha is Tinospora cordifolia, a plant which belongs to family Menispermaceace is known as an indispensable herb now a-days. It has various vernacular names such as Guduchi, Amrithavalli, Moonseed plant etc,. As it has wide array of bioactive principles it is considered as an important herbal drug if Indian System of Medicine (IMS). Other than immune boosting properties, this herb is widely used in traditional medical practices for the benefits such as anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, anti-arrthymatic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant activity ,immunomodulatory activities etc,. The crude extracts of each and every part of the plant has their own ability to cure numerous diseases. This plant has many beneficial therapeutic uses and is very economical and hence used in folk medicines. It is also known as moonseed plant based on the shape of it’s leaf. It is widely known for it’s immunomodulatory properties. Present article gives a brief description about botanical description, chemical constituents and therapeutic activities of Guduchi.
Keywords: Tinospora cordifolia, botanical description, therapeutic activities, bioactive principles.