Guduchi, Tinospora cordifolia

Tinospora cordifolia is an herbaceous vine belonging to the Menispermaceae family. The species is more commonly known as Guduchi. The plant is a climbing shrub and can be found in tropical climates.

T. cordifolia is a vine with heart-shaped leaves. Its bark is creamy-white or grey in color with deep clefts. It has long, slender aerial roots. Quite often it grows on mango or neem trees. The species sprouts yellow flowers and produces a fruit that turns red when ripe.

T. cordifolia has had a long history of being used for medicinal purposes in India. It has also been used in starch preparation.  A standardized extract from the plant called Tinofend has statistically shown to ease fever in patients suffering from hay fever.

T. cordifolia is typically found throughout India, growing in dry or tropical forests. It has been found in abundance in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

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