Indian way of healing from the inside out ( Gotu kola )
Scientific Name: Centella asiatica
Common Name: Centella, Asiatic pennywort, Indian pennywort or Gotu kola
Chemistry: Centella contains pentacyclic triterpenoids, including asiaticoside, brahmoside, asiatic acid, and brahmic acid. Other constituents include centellose, centelloside, and madecassoside.
Centella grows in temperate and tropical swampy areas in many world regions. It is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and wetland regions of the Southeastern US. The leaves are borne on pericladial petioles, around 2 cm and rootstock consists of rhizomes, growing vertically down. It can be cultivated in drier soils as long as they are watered regularly enough.
- Gotu kola has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia, particularly for healing wounds, improving mental function and treating the symptoms of leprosy.
- It is a small tropical plant whose leaves have valuable wound-healing properties. They are used in capsules as well as external ointments.Choose a product containing up to 600 mg dried plant equivalent and take as directed. A medical herbalist will be available to make up a gotu kola ointment for you; gently rub it into the affected area twice a day after the skin has healed over.
- In Myanmar cuisine, raw centella is used as the main constituent in a salad made also with onions, crushed peanuts, bean powder and seasoned with lime juice and fish sauce.
- Gotu kola is generally regarded as safe and well tolerated. Rare side effects may include contact dermatitis, headache, gastric upset, nausea, and sedation.
- Not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding and in infants.
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