Scientific name: Tinospora cordifolia. Name in different languages:- English: Heart leaved moonseed, Tinospora, Moon creeper. Sanskrit: Vatsahani, Guluchi, Guduchi, amrita. Hindi: Giloy, Giloe, Gulancha, Gulbel, Gulancha. Marathi: Gulvel, Guduchi, Amritavalli. Assamese: Hoguni-lot. Bengali: Gulancha. Oriya: Gulochi, gulancha. Urdu: Guluncha. Telugu: Tippatige. Tamil: Amirtavalli. Kannada: Amrutaballi, Agniballi. Malayalam: Chitamruthu, Chitamrith, Amrthu, Amrutavalli, Amritavalli, Siddamirth.
The wines of tinospora cordifolia (Chittamruthu) are used for propagation and extra care should be taken to identify that it is tinospora cordifolia (Chittamruthu) that is being planted, not kattamrithu. Vines at a length of 2 meters are cut used for planting. The wines are separated from the tree and tied on to another tree using a thread. At this time, the vines should not be cut and also all the leaves should be plucked out. Within 12 days, new sprouts start to grow from the vines. After 15 days, stems at least 50 cm long and 4 nodes are cut and planted near other trees.
For planting the tinospora cordifolia (Chittamruthu) vines, a pit half a meter deep and wide is made and filled with animal manure and compost are mixed with top soil. The soil is heaped 20 cm high from the ground and vines of tinospora cordifolia (Chittamruthu) are planted. Watering is essential at the growing stages. Tinospora cordifolia (Chittamruthu) is a plant which has high resistance against pest attacks, and after 1 year, the leaves and stem can b used for medicinal use.