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There are many common names for this species, such as amrita, gado, guduchi and gulancha among others. Rasakinda also is known as ”Amrutha” ( gods drink ) with a long history in indigenous medicines. There are 4 types of rasakinda used ( ගැට කිඳ/GETA KINDA , තිත්ත කිඳ/THITHTHA KINDA, පිටි කිඳ/PITI KINDA, දික් කිඳ/DIK KINDA ).

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

Heart-leaved moonseed is a large, deciduous extensively spreading climbing shrub with several elongated twining branches. Leaves simple, alternate, exstipulate, long petioles up to 15 cm long, roundish, pulvinate, both at the base and apex with the basal one longer and twisted partially and halfway around. Lamina broadly ovate or ovate cordate, 10–20 cm long or 8– 15 cm broad, 7 nerved and deeply cordate at base, membranous, pubescent above, whitish tomentose with a prominent reticulum beneath. Flowers unisexual, small on separate plants and appearing when the plant is leafless, greenish-yellow on axillary and terminal racemes. Male flowers clustered, female usually solitary. Sepals 6, free in two series of three each, the outer ones are smaller than the inner. Petals 6 free is smaller than sepals, obovate and membranous. Fruits aggregate of 1-3, ovoid smooth drupelets on the thick stalk with subterminal style scars, scarlet or orange coloured.


These herbs are also used as stems, leaves and roots. Mature vines are used as flour and preservatives. Heart-leaved moonseed is highly effective when used raw as a medicine.

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

01. For Diabetes and blood glucose control

Consuming 1 gram of Heart-leaved moonseed with a little honey. This will control blood glucose levels and manage diabetes.

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

02. For Cough, Cold

Take some Heart-leaved moonseed powder and add an equal quantity of honey to it. Consume this twice a day to get rid of persistent cough and cold.

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

03. For Jaundice

Take some Heart-leaved moonseed and grind them to obtain their juice. Filter this juice and keep 24 millilitres aside. To this add one cup of cow buttermilk. Drink this buttermilk medicine early in the morning on empty stomach to cure jaundice.

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

04. For Menstruating Women

Take some Heart-leaved moonseed and crush them into a juice. Drinking 15 millilitres of this juice twice a day in the morning and evening will cure problems suffered by women during periods.

05. Immunity-Boosting

A plant that has the value of boosting the person’s natural immunity

06. Helps to cure skin rashes and bleeds

07. Reduces the acidity of the stomach

08. Strengthens the body and causes hunger

09. Good for heart disease

10. Rasakinda is used to repair lost tissues

It is also very beneficial for the following diseases

Tinospora cordifolia / Heart-leaved moonseed

High cholesterol

Upset stomach


Cancer, including lymphoma

Rheumatoid arthritis

Liver disease

Stomach ulcer




Scientific classification

Kingdom – Plantae
Clade – Tracheophytes
Clade – Angiosperms
Clade – Eudicots
Order – Ranunculales
Family – Menispermaceae
Genus – Tinospora
Species – T. cordifolia
Binomial name- Tinospora cordifolia

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