Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name gotu kola

Origin India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, China

Scientific Name Centella asiatica

Description Part of the ancient healing tradition called Ayurveda, this herb finds it's roots in India. Some of it's common names, such as Indian pennywort, refer to the size of its fan shaped leaves, about that of an old British penny.

Uses -Treats burns and wounds -Builds connective tissue -Strengthens veins -Improves memory Gotu kola has been used to treat such ailments as fever, diarrhea, menstrual irregularity, nervous disorders, leprosy, juandice, rheumatism, wounds and numerous skin conditions. including psoriasis. eczema, lupus and varicose ulcers. Gotu kola seems to strengthen cells in the walls of blood vessels, improving blood flow and making it a valuable treament for varicose veins.


Possible Side Effects Taking gotu kola orally or using a topical preparation generally does not cause problems.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.