A BHU professor and a scholar doing research under him have found the ideal size of the Guduchi stem that should be used for preparing herbal power Guduchi satva used in treating various ailments. The powder is prepared from the stem of famous plant Tinospora Cordofolia, scientific name of Guduchi. The path breaking research was recently published in the renowned international medical journal ‘International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Archives’.
Associate professor Anand Chaudhary of the department of Rasa Shastra, faculty of Ayurveda, BHU and his research scholar Shilpa Patil, during their yearlong research, found that the yield of Guduchi Satva was more in small size stem (diameter 1 cm- 1.5 cm) as compared to medium (2 cm - 2.5 cm) and large (2.5 cm to 3 cm) size of the stem.
An ideal length of the stem must be between 2 cm and 2.5 cm to ensure maximum extract of Guduchi satva. For carrying out the research work, raw drug, Guduchi stem, was collected from the BHU campus in three different sizes and in three different months. It was also discovered that the large size stem gives poor yield as compared to medium size. They also noticed that the stem must be fresh without the brown coating, preferably collected in January.
“Tinospora Cordifolia commonly known as ‘Amrita’ or ‘Guduchi’ is an important drug of Indian system of medicine and is being used since ages. It is a perennial climber found throughout tropical India,” Prof Chaudhary said. “This satva is prescribed in fever, diabetes, dyspepsia, jaundice, urine problems, skin diseases, diarrhoea and dysentery,” he added.
After the research, Prof Chaudhary concluded that the maximum yield of Guduchi satva (3.24%) is obtained from small size of the stem and winter season, preferably January, is most suitable month to get the best result.
The research is also useful for the pharmaceutical companies preparing Ayurvedic drugs. If a drug is prepared keepi ng in consideration Prof Chaudhary’s research, then it would be more effective.