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Introduction

Tinospora cordifolia is a climbing vine with heart shaped leaves. The leaves and root have been used to ease allergy symptoms and swelling in the body. It has also been used as an antioxidant to slow damage to cells. Tinospora cordifolia can be taken as a pill, powder, or lotion.

Dosages

There are no advised doses for Tinospora cordifolia.

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

Not Enough Data to Assess

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take Tinospora cordifolia in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.

References

REFA Diabetic Foot Ulcers

REFA1 Purandare H, Supe A. Immunomodulatory role of Tinospora cordifolia as an adjuvant in surgical treatment of diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective randomized controlled study. Indian J Med Sci. 2007 Jun;61(6):347-355.

REFB Osteoarthritis

REFB1 Chopra A, Saluja M, et al. Ayurvedic medicine offers a good alternative to glucosamine and celecoxib in the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, controlled equivalence drug trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2013 Aug;52(8):1408-1417.

REFC Rheumatoid Arthritis

REFC1 Chopra A, Saluja M, et al. Comparable efficacy of standardized Ayurveda formulation and hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQS) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA): a randomized investigator-blind controlled study. Clin Rheumatol. 2012 Feb;31(2):259-269.

REFD Scabies

REFD1 Castillo AL, Osi MO, et al. Efficacy and safety of Tinospora cordifolia lotion in Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis-infected pediatric patients: A single blind, randomized controlled trial. J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2013 Jan;4(1):39-46.

REFE Seasonal Allergies

REFE1 Badar VA, Thawani VR, et al. Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis. J Ethnopharmacol. 2005;96(3):445-449.

REFE2 Guo R, Pittler MH, et al. Herbal medicines for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007 Dec;99(6):483-495.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019
  • Update Date: 03/27/2020