Guduchi, more commonly known as Giloy in Hindi, is a medicinal herb having the scientific name Tinospora cordifolia. It is known world over by other names like Heart-leaved moonseed or Tinospora in english. It is celebrated by the seers by eulogizing its importance by name - Amruta, as in elixir. Indian mythology records its importance in energizing celestial beings from ageing, keeping them eternally young. Such are the properties of Guduchi, sometimes regarded loosely as ‘miraculous’.
Guduchi is a climbing shrub with heart shaped leaves with thick, succulent stem and has long aerial roots hanging down from the host tree. The cut section of its stem shows a characteristic wheel like structure. Yellow flowers grow in summer and fruits appear in winter. Whole plant of Guduchi consisting of leaf, stem and root is used as medicine.