Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Monday, June 27, 2022

Heart-leaved moonseed


Botanical Name

Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers. ex Hook.f. and Thoms.

Common Name

Heart-leaved moonseed, Giloy (Hindi), Vanji / Seendhil kodi (Tamil), Guduchi / Amrita (Sanskrit)




Throughout India


Religious association




The tree is associated with Lord Shiva. The Sanskrit name – Amrita, is one of the thousand and eight names of the Lord.






The stem is used to treat fever, skin diseases, jaundice and venereal diseases. An infusion of the stem is used as a blood purifier.