Guwahati, Jun 12: A village in Sonapur, on the outskirts of Guwahati, has been adopted as 'Giloy village' and mass plantation of Giloy saplings undertaken in the village.
The Kachutali village under 61 No.Sonapur Gaon Panchayat, Dimoria block of Kamrup Metropolitan district, has adopted as 'Giloy village' jointly by Environment and Forest, Sonapur SF Range under Guwahati SF Division and PNRD.
Officials of the Forest and Environment department and PNRD distributed Giloy saplings to the people of Kachutali at the Office of Sonapur Gaon Panchayat yesterday.
The officials urged the people for cultivation of Giloy commercially for its rich medicinal values and ever growing demand in the market.
"Giloy is rich in compounds that can keep various health problems at bay," said the officials.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) has many health benefits and is commonly known as 'Xogunilota'.
A powerhouse of antioxidants, Giloy helps to fight free radicals and keep cells healthy. It eliminates toxins, purifies the blood, fights bacteria that causes diseases and also combats liver diseases and urinary tract infections.
It is also a good immune-modulator and helps to strengthen the immune system. It is ideal for people suffering from coughs and colds, or for those who are prone to stomach infections.
Giloy can be grown in a large variety of soils, but it needs proper drainage and sufficient moisture.
The State Medicinal Plant Board is popularising Giloy cultivation for its health benefits.