Giloy — a wonder herb in high demand amid pandemic

Health experts swear by this immunity booster, which is helpful in increasing platelet count

Giloy — a wonder herb in high demand amid pandemic

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 15

The pandemic has made people realise the importance of things which they never ever bothered about. Those who never derived the benefits of giloy, are now advising others to have its concoction or tablets. The plant, which was seen in almost every park and every nook and corner, is hardly present there now, as more and more of it is being consumed by locals and it has become hard to find it now.

Helps remove toxins, purifies blood

  • Giloy is a universal herb that helps boost immunity. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants which fight free-radicals, keep your cells healthy and get rid of diseases. It helps remove toxins, purifies blood & fights bacteria
  • The plant, which was seen in almost every park and every nook and corner, is hardly present there now, as more and more of it is being consumed by locals and it has become hard to find it now.

Even experts swear by this immunity booster. District Ayurvedic Officer Dr Joginder Singh said: “Giloy has a definite role in treating any fever. The stem of a giloy plant is a great immunity booster. The stem is boiled in water and a concoction is consumed. A lot of research has been carried out on this plant and there is no doubt about the fact that the plant can do wonders.”

He said when you have fever your platelet count generally decreases, but this plant doesn’t let that happen. “The vapour of the concoction does local action, which means it goes straight into the nose and the throat and acts. It stops the virus to multiply. The problem generates when the virus gets multiplied in the body. So, when the process of multiplication is stopped, further complications automatically ends,” he said.

Now, everyone knows about the herb which is in great demand these days. Not only this, consuming a lot of warm water, gargling with saline water, yoga and pranayam has become a part of the lives of people which was not common before the pandemic hit, he said.

On Sunday, the health ministry also released some guidelines for those dealing with post-Covid related problems, in which it was advised to drink adequate amount of warm water, daily practise yoga, do pranayama, have balanced, nutritious diet apart from having a spoon of chyawanprash every day in the morning.

Shivani Aneja (32), a fashion designer, said it was during the pandemic, that she got to know about the herb and now, she ensures that she gives the concoction to her children on regular intervals, so that they remain healthy.

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