Scientific Name: Centella asiatica
AKA: Indian Pennywort
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Active Compounds: loids, bitter principles, triterpenoid saponins
Background: Gotu Kola can be used as a tonic for skin and digestive problems. It is native to India and has been used there to improve the memory. It has also been used to treat leprosy, a function that's not as useful in the West.
While it's used medicinally in many parts of the world, it's a common additive to Indian cuisine. You'll often find Gotu Kola as an ingredient in salads. Its bittersweet taste adds an interesting flavor.
Gotu Kola is primarily used as a good health tonic.
Tonic: Gotu Kola can be used to improve brain function and memory. It's also used to improve digestion as well as fertility.
Skin: Gotu Kola can help to ease skin problems such as leprosy and ulcers.
Arthritis: Gotu Kola can be used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and improves poor circulation.
Gotu Kola is a prennial herb. It grows as high as 20 inches. It is native to India, but is cultivated in many parts of the world. The aerial parts that are used medicinally and for culinary purposes can be harvested all year as needed.
Gotu Kola Dosage:
As a tincture, take 30 drops with water 3 times daily for memory improvement.
As an infusion, take 35 ml twice daily for arthritis.
Gotu Kola can be taken in powder form with water as a health tonic. 1-2 g should be taken each day when mixed with water.
A paste can be made with 2 tsp powder and 25 ml water to apply to eczema of the skin.
Gotu Kola can cause sensitivity to sunlight. Some countries have legal restrictions regarding Gotu Kola. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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