Gotu Kola scientifically known as Centella asiatica, commonly known as centella, Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort or Gotu kola, is a herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae, subfamily Mackinlayoideae. It is native to wetlands in Asia. Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) has been used to treat many conditions for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia. It was used to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis.
Health Benefits of Gotu Kola
Speeds Wound Healing. Gotu kola leaves and salves have long been used in the topical treatment of the skin.
Protects Gastrointestinal System.
Detoxifies the Body.
Regulates Blood Pressure, and the list goes…
Here are the 10 most recommended benefits of this great herb on the planet.
Fact #1. Improves Blood Circulation.
Gotu Kola improves circulation in the capillaries, which are the smallest blood vessels. By improving this so-called microcirculation, gotu kola prevents blood from leaking into the surrounding tissue and thus alleviates puffiness and swelling and more. It is also regarded to treat phlebitis, leg cramps, and abnormal tingling of the extremities. It soothes and minimizes varicose veins etc. In addition gotu kola in general actually plays two important roles in the circulatory system;
A). Extract strengthens walls of blood vessels and capillaries.
B). As a stimulant,it help the flow of blood, which increases oxygenation in different parts of the body and important organ systems which both of them responsibly benefit our body.
Fact #2. Reliefs Stress and Anxiety.
A special protein that acts like fertilizer for your brain encouraging new brain cell formation known as (BDNF) – brain-derived neurotrophic factor is also activated by Gotu Kola when used moderately for stress relief which may reduce anxiety and potentially improved mood as well. At moderate, Gotu kola is used 350 – 1000 mg for stress.For optimal stress relief,It is ideal to as lower as 350 mg dose of gotu kola a day.
alongside supplementation exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones in the long run, such as cortisol. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
It is sad to see in reality that everyone is already a slave of stress & anxiety especial those at large-scale who engaged in business or professionals holding high-profile offices down to students and individuals of any sort stress is a little demon that no one can get away with! But the good news is it’s NOT an inborn disease and can be easily be taken off from when you can take this amazing herb as your first choice.
So obviously here is the deal, in order to have a stressful life simply do exercises , take gotu kola or other supplements that can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
Fact #3. Increases Brain Capacity.
Well most plants do have some antioxidant capacity, but gotu kola excels as an neuroprotective antioxidant. Increasing brain plasticity and communication between brain cells takes weeks to be effective. Gotu kola is rich in B-complex vitamins. B-complex vitamins have a positive impact on the brain.
Gotu kola wholesomely aid nervous system and increase brain power which can be used as a tonic to balance overall brain function. In doing so it has ability to enhance blood circulation and support functionality of the memory at the same time oxygenating more of the brain and allowing cognition to improve.
This powerful her has more far end to compensate cognitive intelligence (IQ) of our mental capacity to perceive, analyze, investigate, make inferences and solve ordinary and extraordinary tasks in life.
So if you’re in seriously psychiatric condition or would love to save friends, loved ones or your kids, please give a nature treatment before drugs do you more suffering.
Fact #4. Heals Wounds & Burns.
When it comes to treating Skin and Beauty, Gotu kola is an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicinal plant used in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to treat wounds or burns. The extract is proven in minimizing scars from burn wounds , I mean even infected wounds, as well as burns and postoperative hypertrophic scars this guy is doing incredible work to rid slowly bit by bit.
In my previous articles I’ve promoted other herbs like Aloe Vera as an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, but there’s a variety of other herbs traditionally used to heal cuts, scrapes and burns also and this is where Gotu kola comes in. This herb can easily heal the cut, wounds and burns on the skin because it has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties .
Fact #5. Good Remedy For Fatigue.
Well as respectfully gotu kola has been adored for years as an adaptogenic energy herbs from Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicine perspective, regular in take may beneficial to relief adrenal fatigue and support productivity of the nervous system in your body. That’s where it got its name ”Indian Pennywort” which literally mean native herb to “Himalayas” or Middle/Southeast Asian region. ”Indian Pennywort” is a herb belongs to umbelliferae family which predominantly used to reduce Insomnia, relieving anxiety & fatigue, which has quick effectiveness than most Medicines in this case.
Fact #6. Anti-Microbial.
By the way what is anti-microbial ?
Wikipedia defines : It is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth. Antimicrobial medicines can be grouped according to the microorganisms they act primarily against. For example, antibiotics are used against bacteria and antifungals are used against fungi and so forth.
Alright before I forget, gotu kola should not be confused with kola nut as it does not contain any caffeine and has not been shown to have stimulant properties as Kola nut does.
So with basic idea stated above, gotu kola is no other than a source of antipyretic, diuretic, rheumatic, antibacterial, antiviral drug, in the treatment of vein insufficiency and for improving cognition, relieving anxiety and as an anti-cancer agent and a treatment for skin infections,with significant amount of anti-oxidant enzymes, like superoxide dismutase which obviously used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, leprosy, and in minor itching and insect bites.
Fact #7. Diuretic Agent .
Firstly let me identify the base word ‘diuretic’ as Wikipedia explains : diuretics cause a person to ‘lose water,’ but they do so by diverse means, including inhibiting the kidney’s ability to reabsorbs sodium, thus enhancing the loss of sodium and consequently water in the urine (loop diuretic); enhancing the excretion of both sodium and chloride in the urine so that water is excreted. There are several categories of diuretics. All diuretics increase the excretion of water from bodies, although each class does so in a distinct way. Alternatively, an antidiuretic such as vasopressin.
This sums as ‘water pills’ . which means gotu kola has played greater role in the elimination of foreign unwanted substance from the body as ‘diuretic’ agent. Gotu kola is a mild diuretic that can help shrink swollen membranes besides can treat rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure.
Fact #8. Nervine.
Definition of Nervine: The word nervine comes from the Latin nervinus, which may mean nerve tonic, as medicine that acts therapeutically upon the nerves, particularly in the sense of a sedative that serves to calm ruffled nerves. Gotu kola acts as a nervine tonic that is particularly playing a vital role in replenishing and rejuvenating for the central nervous system and helpful for calming nervous disorders and chronic anxiety. And it is regarded as one of the great medicinal adaptogens and rasayana herbs.
Thanks to researchers that previously above I’ve made Gotu kola known that it’s one of the great antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicinal plants. Now I’m well pleased to confirm it as a naturally rich source of vitamins and minerals,antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as having extremely quite an anormous amount of antioxidant properties and enzymes, like superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Which obviously used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, leprosy, and in minor itching and insect bites. The main functions of gotu kola as an anti-oxidant is to prevent cell damage by free radicals. This powerful herb with its concentrated contents of anti-odidant also help reduce heart cardiovascular health issues, varicose veins, muscle strength, risk of stroke, physical fitness, heart damage, and edema.