Uses of Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers ex Hook. F. & Thomas

Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database

Stem of the plant (250g) is boiled in water along with green gram (250g) and sesame oil (250ml) till half of the decoction remains and then applied on the forehead- Stedimon Arackal Paul, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Island


Juice is extracted from the leaves and two spoonful are administered orally with honey for 40-42 days- Ramabandhu Mahajan, Jalgaon, Maharashtra


Juice extracted from stem (10g) is mixed with little water. Warmed juice is taken orally twice a day for 8-10 days- Susanta Kumar Manjhi, Birbhum, West Bengal


Stem (8 inch long) is soaked in a cup of water and left overnight. The next morning the same water is given orally- Susanta Kumar Manjhi, Birbhum, West Bengal


Juice extracted from stem is administered orally in the morning on an empty stomach- Subhjyoti Chatterjee, Burdwan, West Bengal

Fresh leaves (1-2) are taken on an empty stomach- D. K. Phukan, Guwahati, Assam

Intestinal worms

Oral intake of leaves juice kills worms- Susanta Kumar Manjhi, Birbhum, West Bengal


Whole plant (50g) is boiled, dried and ground into a fine paste. Tablets are then prepared and one tablet is administered orally to the patient thrice a day for 3-5 days- Pukhram Angouba Singh, Bishnupur, Manipur

Uses described in Literature

Powdered roots are taken to cure mouth ulcer127; powdered plant is administered orally with honey to get relief from stomach disorder128; the stem is bitter and is used as anthelmintic69; decoction of the plant is given orally to cure diarrhoea129. Tinospora is a well known medicinal plant and used to cure a number of diseases in combination with other plants with brand names ‘Geriforte, Diabecon11’ etc. In today’s world of modern medicine, it is also called as magical herb due to its property of curing a lot of diseases130, 131. More than hundred patents have been found on its medicinal applications as an antiallergic132 and for cancer133 etc.