Assam: Kachutali in Sonapur adopted as 'Giloy Village'

The Giloy plant has multiple health benefits and is a powerhouse of antioxidants. It also helps to fight free radicals keeping cells healthy. 

The Kachutali village in the Sonapur region of Assam has been adopted as 'Giloy village' jointly by Environment and Forest, Sonapur Social Forestry (SF) Range under Guwahati SF Division and Panchayat & Rural Development Department (PNRD).

According to sources, various officials of Forest and Environment and PNRD distributed Giloy saplings to the people of Kachutali village at the Office of Sonapur Gaon Panchayat, on Thursday. 

Given the ever-growing demand in the market, the officials further urged the locals to cultivate Giloy for commercial use owing to its rich medicinal values. 

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), commonly known as 'Xogunilota' has multiple health benefits and is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Giloy also helps to fight free radicals keeping cells healthy. Some other medicinal properties of the plant include:

• elimination of toxins, by purifying the blood and helps fight bacteria that cause diseases. It also combats liver diseases and urinary tract infections. 

• it helps to strengthen the immune system for people suffering from cough and cold, as an immune modulator. 

• compounds present in the plant are very effective against the treatment of various disorders such as diabetes, cancer, neurological problems, fever, etc. 

• stems of Giloy is considered highly effective due to its high nutritional contents such as alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, and other compounds.

Furthermore, the roots and leaves of the plant are also used for other purposes.

Meanwhile, the State Medicinal Plant Board is widely popularising Giloy cultivation for its enormous health benefits. 

Notably, the medicinal plant occurs throughout tropical regions of India, extending from Kumaon to Assam and Myanmar, Bihar, Konkan to Sri Lanka.

(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)

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