English Name: Gotu kola
Latin Name: Centella asiatica
What is Gotu kola?
Gotu kola is a perennial plant that is a native to a number of countries, including but not limited to India, Iran, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Africa, Northern Australia, China, and Indonesia. This herb is a member of the parsley family and is not related to the kola nut (although it has a similar name) which contains caffeine. Gotu kola has a long history of medicinal use in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional African medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Medicinal Uses of Gotu kola
While Gotu kola has a number of medicinal uses, it is traditionally used as a powerful circulatory tonic to provide support for a healthy brain and nervous system. This herb is highly recommended to facilitate mental clarity, attention span, concentration and healthy brain functioning. Gota kola is well known as an elephant’s favorite food and as we know, elephants never forget!
Gota kola is also beneficial as a tonic to help balance moods and ease anxiety. In addition, this herb is used as a diuretic and in the treatment of varicose veins, respiratory infections and fever.
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