Principal Proposed Uses
The herb Tinospora cordifolia has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India). It has been used to treat convalescence from severe illness, liver disease, arthritis, urinary problems, eye diseases, cancer, anemia, diabetes, and diarrhea. It is said to help remove toxins from the body, and on this baisis is often added to herbal formulas claimed to improve general health. Both the stem and the root are used medicinally.
According to some herbalists, tinospora has adaptogenic effects , a term that indicates it helps the body adapt to stress. However, there is no meaningful evidence to support this claim. Only double-blind , placebo-controlled studies can prove a treatment effective, and the only such study performed on tinospora tested other effects.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -