Gotu Kola Leaves Powder:
What is it -
Common Name: Gotu kola, Indian Pennywort (English), Brahmi (Hindi), Manduukaparani
Botanical name: Centella asiatica
Parts Used : Leaves
Gotu kola is a perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific. A member of the parsley family, it has no taste or smell. It thrives in and around water. It has small fan-shaped green leaves with white or light purple-to-pink flowers, and small oval fruit. The leaves and stems of the gotu kola plant are used as medicine.
Some clinical trials have looked at the use of gotu kola powder and its compounds in people with poor blood flow, usually in the legs. These limited studies suggest that gotu kola may help reduce swelling in the legs and feet, although more scientific studies are needed. Other research that has looked at gotu kola powder in humans has been limited by small numbers of patients and problems in study methods. Although at least one laboratory study of tumor cells showed reduced cell growth with gotu kola, available scientific evidence does not support claims of its effectiveness for treating cancer or any other disease in humans.
What is the history behind it?
Gotu kola has a long history in the folk medicines of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar and is still widely used in these countries today. It has been used for generations in India to promote relaxation, improve memory, and aid meditation. In traditional Chinese medicine, the herb is believed to promote longevity. The Chinese name for gotu kola translates to "fountain of youth." A Sri Lankan legend says that elephants have long lives because they eat gotu kola.
What it contains:
lkaloids (hydrocotyline); bitter principles (vellarin) Terpenes: beta-farnesene,germacrene, beta-elemene, bicycloelemene: Catechol, Epicatechol, Magnesium,Theobromine and Vitamin K and others. The primary constituents reported in the literature for gotu kola are known as the triterpenoid compounds. The concentration of triterpenes in gotu kola can vary between 1.1 and 8%, with most samples yielding between 2. 2 and 3.4%. The major triterpenoid components are: asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside and madecassoside. Saponin glycosides include brahmoside, brahminoside and thankuniside. The plant is also a source of calcium andsodium.
Historically, gotu kola powder has been used for chronic skin conditions (including psoriasis and leprosy), abscesses, syphilis, hepatitis, gastric ulcers, rheumatism, mental fatigue, epilepsy, diarrhoea, fever, and asthma. Modern research and use particularly applies gotu kola to:
• Connective tissue disorders - including wounds, burns, scleroderma, psoriasis
• Joint disease - including psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
• Blood vessel disorders, especially venous insufficiency (varicose veins, varicose ulcers, leg oedema)
• Mental health - as an aid for mental fatigue and learning, and to reduce anxiety and insomnia. Potential applications include Alzheimer's dementia.
How to use:
Powdered – 1 to 4 grams three times a day
Weight: 250 gms