Says it’s safe & does not produce any toxic effects
New Delhi, Feb. 16 (Delhi Crown): The Union Ministry of Ayush on Wednesday rejected reports in a section of media claiming that Giloy damages human liver.
The ministry said that Giloy is safe for human consumption and that it does not produce any toxic effects.
“Certain sections of the media have falsely linked again Giloy/Guduchi to liver damage. The Ministry of Ayush reiterates that Giloy/Gudduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is safe and as per available data, Guduchi does not produce any toxic effect,” said the ministry in a statement.
The statement further stated that in Ayurveda it is said to be the “best rejuvenating herb”.
“Acute toxicity studies of aqueous extract of Giloy/Guduchi reports that it does not produce any toxic effect. However, the safety of a drug depends on how it is being used. Dosage is one of the important factors that determine the safety of a particular drug. In a study, lower concentration of Guduchi powder is found to increase the life span of fruit flies (Drosophila Melanogaster). At the same time, higher concentration progressively reduced the life span of flies. This clearly indicates that an optimum dosage should be maintained in order to get the desired effects,” said the ministry’s statement.
This infers that the medicinal herb has to be used in an appropriate dose as prescribed by a qualified physician to get medicinal effects, it added. With the wide range of actions and abundant components, Guduchi is a real treasure among herbal drug source, concluded the ministry’s statement.