Giloy Vine (Tinospora cordifolia)
According to Ayurvedic wisdom, learning to balance all aspects of your health requires disciplined understanding of diet, thinking, and herbal remedies like Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia, heart-leaved moonseed, Amrita, Guduchi). Giloy is considered to be essential in the Indian System of Medicine (ISM), where it is recommended for treatment of a breadth of health ailments. Sow Exotic does not offer prescriptive medicinal or dietary advice, and encourages those interested in its use for health purposes to consult with a qualified physician or dietician. However, there is no doubt that the heart-shaped climber Tinospora cordifolia makes for an adorable addition to any herbalist’s garden.
Giloy is a climbing vine with a coiling, woody stem, and aerial roots. It will need a supportive trellis or companion plant to thrive. Tinospora cordifolia prefers a warm climate, but is hardy to a variety of conditions. Suggested supporting plants include Neem (Azadirachta indica), Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) and Moringa (Moringa oleifera). Giloy can also tolerate a wide variety of soils, ranging from sandy to clay loam. However, the soil should be well drained with sufficient moisture and rich with organic matter for optimal growth.
Plant Power: When grown with Neem as a support plant, Tinospora cordifolia is said to absorb beneficial extracts from the plant, supposedly making it super charged for health benefits!