There is a belief that only allopathic medicines have side effects
& as ayurvedic medicines are made up of natural substances,
they don’t have any side effects. Since covid has entered your
life you are in race to raise your immunity by any means. You take different
herbs in any dose you like or advised by your friends, relative or
any forward on social media. You don’t even give a thought
whether that herb will suit you or not. You think that
as it has benefited others, it will also help you.
Unfortunately, it is not correct.
Let us understand this with an example of one ayurvedic medicine/ herb
that has become very popular during this corona pandemic- GILOY.
Giloy has many health benefits like:
- It is an immunity booster
- It also helps in diabetes
- It helps to reduce stress & anxiety.
- It improves digestion
- It helps in different types of fever like hay fever, dengue fever etc.
However just like everything else, taking too much of Giloy
without any expert advise can lead to complication like:
Giloy is known to improve digestion. But, for
some people it can also lead to constipation.
# Blood sugar level
Giloy is known for its natural way of controlling
your blood sugar levels. However, if you are taking diabetes
medicines and also Giloy along with it, it can drop your
blood sugar level suddenly (known as hypoglycemia). You should
also not stop taking your diabetes medicines while taking Giloy
assuming that automatically diabetes will be
under control. Arbitrarily stopping your diabetes medicines may
increase your blood sugar level as well.
# Autoimmune disease:
You may be taking Giloy because of its immune boosting
property thinking that it will protect you against corona. However,
taking too much of Giloy can over-stimulate your immune system
which can lead to further complications. If you are having any
autoimmune disease, you need to be extra cautious before
So, the TRUTH is-
Every medicine has its own side effects. Don’t
take any medicine on your own for long period
of time even if it is an ayurvedic medicine.
It is always better to consult your ayurvedic
doctor or a naturopath before starting any medicinal herbs
for long period of time.
That’s all for today.
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian and Homoeopathic physician.