Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)

Scientific Health Benefits of Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)

Scientific facts about GOTU KOLA / centela asiatica

Gotu Kola, also most commonly known as Centella asiatica, is a medicinal herb widely used as a blood purifier as well as for relieving of high blood pressure, for memory enhancement and promoting longevity. In Ayurveda, Gotu Kola is one of the main herbs for revitalizing the nerves and brain cells.It is important for revitalizing the brain and nervous system, improving cognition, increasing attention span and concentration and combating aging.[1] Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is also known with some other familiar names as Indian Pennywort, Jal Brahmi and Mandookaparni, Brahmi, Tsubokusa. It is a clonal, perennial herbaceous creeper belonging to the family Umbellifere (Apiceae) and is found in most tropical and subtropical countries growing in swampy areas, including parts of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and South Africa and South pacific and Eastern Europe.In China, Gotu Kola is one of the reported “miracle elixirs of life” known over 2000 years ago. Gotu Kola is also used in many emotional disorders, such as depression, that were thought to be rooted in physical problems.[1]

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) benefits as a health supplement

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatic), sometimes called the ‘herb of longevity, is a traditional medicine that is mostly used and renowned in Ayurveda but has some usage in Traditional Chinese usage as well.

It is most commonly known as a cognitive enhancing supplement that is somewhat ‘interchangeable’ with Bacopa monnieri (insofar that the two share many of the same names) but has additional therapeutic benefits for both physical and mental health including cardiovascular health (in particular, chronic venous insufficiency), skin regeneration rates and wound healing and possible benefits to anxiety and rheumatism.

This medicinal herb has the power to boost brainpower and promote liver and kidney health. It is used to relieve emotional disorders, such as depression, that were thought to be rooted in physical problems. In Western medicine, during the middle of the twentieth century, Gotu Kola was reported to have shown positive results in relieving leprosy.[2]
The common health benefits of Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatic) include:

  1. Improves cognitive function [5]
  2. Enhances memory and learning [6]
  3. Increases attention and concentration [7]
  4. Enhances longevity [8]
  5. Has an effect on people who have Alzheimer›s disease [9]
  6. Reduces signs of stress [10]
  7. Is prescribed in Chinese medicine to people with depression [11]
  8. Improves mood [12]
  9. People report that it improves circulation
  10. May help with sleep [13]
  11. May promote wound healing and minimize scarring [14]
  12. May help with Rheumatoid Arthritis [15]
  13. Have anti-inflammatory properties [16]

Actually, Gotu Kola is associated with manifold health benefits. It is an anti-oxidant. Some people use Gotu Kola for sunstroke, tonsil swelling, excess fluid around the lungs, liver health issues, stomach issues, diarrhea, indigestion, stomach problems, mental health issues, difficulty breathing, weak blood cells, blood sugar control, and longevity.

Some women use Gotu Kola for avoiding pregnancy, the absence of menstrual periods, and to arouse sexual desire.[3]


Gotu Kola safety use and dosage

Gotu Kola is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, in some cases, it may cause headaches, upset stomach, and dizziness. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only apply to the skin.
If you are pregnant and breastfeeding, avoid taking Gotu Kola by mouth.
Gotu Kola might cause liver damage. So people who already have a liver disease such as hepatitis should avoid using Gotu Kola as it may make liver problems worse. Also if you have a scheduled surgery, stop using Gotu Kola at least 2 weeks before the scheduled surgery. Otherwise, it may cause too much sleepiness. Consult your doctor before using any supplements.

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