Latin name: Centella asiatica
English name: Gotu Kola, Indian pennywort, Indian ginseng
Sanskrit name: Brahmi
Medicinal parts used: Leaves
Gotu kola is a perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific. A member of the parsley family, it is tasteless and odorless. It thrives in and around water. It has small fan-shaped green leaves with white or light purple-to-pink flowers, and it bears small oval fruit.
Gotu kola has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia. It has been called “the fountain of life” because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of using the herb.
- Used to reduce fatigue, strengthening memory, and treating venous insufficiency; it also alleviates varicose veins, improves circulation, and, with its component Triterpenoid Saponis decreasing venous pressure in venous insufficiency, promotes wound healing.
- Other benefits of Gotu Kola include an increase in longevity, prevention of memory loss, and its aphrodisiac properties.
- Gotu Kola’s components Asiatocide and madecassoside have anti-inflammatory properties, and may promote wound healing by stimulating collagen and glycosaminoglycan synthesis.
- The herb also has preventative and therapeutic effects on gastrointestinal ulcers.
- Gotu Kola may be, as a result of its strengthening action on gastric mucosal lining, and the suppressing of free radical damage, an anti-ulcerative.
- It has been used as a sedative, an anticonvulsant, and analgesic (pain reliever).
- Gotu Kola may also act as an antibacterial against various bacteria, including pseudomonas, pyocyaneus, trichidermia, and mentogrophytes.
- Aging, arteriosclerosis, depression, and headaches, high blood pressure, and hypoglycemia can also benefit from the use of Gotu Kola.
- It is known widely for promoting healthy skin, and helping in the aid of skin disorders, such as burns, scar tissue, and psoriasis.