Gotu Kola - A perfect brain tonic plant with many other remarkable medicinal properties

While you may not be familiar with gotu kola, this small, perennial herbaceous plant from the wetlands of Asia can have a number of remarkable effects on the body when prepared properly. This herb is also known by its scientific name, Centella asiatica, or more commonly, simply as centella.

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Gotu kola is regarded as perhaps the most spiritual of all herbs in India. Growing in some areas of the Himalayas, gotu kola is used by yogis to improve meditation. Thus it is also regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine.

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It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it and to strengthen the adrenals. It has been used as a pure blood tonic and for skin health. It has also been used to promote restful sleep.

Common Names
Gotu Kola, Brahmi, Chi-hsueh Ts’ao, man t’ien hsing, Indian Pennywort, Brahma-manduki, Marsh penny, Water pennywort.

Gotu Kola general medicinal uses
Gotu kola has been traditionally used as treatment for a variety of conditions and as an aphrodisiac. It may be useful in treating wounds, varicose veins, skin disorders, blood flow problems, and to enhance memory etc. Other properties are as follows:

1. Boosts central nervous system
Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, including epilepsy, senility and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to aid intelligence and memory. It strengthens the adrenal glands while cleansing the blood to treat skin impurities. It energizes the central nervous system and rebuilds energy reserves.

2. Combats high blood pressure
Gotu Kola can relieve high blood pressure and helps the body defend against various toxins. It is used to treat rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure. It hastens the healing of wounds.

3. Improves circulatory system
Gotu kola has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. It has been used successfully to treat phlebitis, leg cramps, and abnormal tingling of the extremities.

4. Repairs skin
Gotu kola reduces scarring when applied during inflammatory period of the wound. It was found effective when applied on patients with third degree burns, when the treatment commenced immediately after the accident.

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Daily local application to the affected area along with intramuscular injections, limited the shrinking of the skin as it healed. It is known to prevent infection and inhibit scar formation. It is also useful in repairing skin and connective tissues and smoothing out cellulite.

5. Protects veins and blood vessels
It strengthens the walls of blood vessels, gotu kola also be effective for slowing retinopathy, the gradual break down of the retina in the eyes. It also help to relieve hemorrhoids and strengthen the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, making gotu kola potentially useful for treating ulcers.

6. Anti-bacterial properties
Gotu kola has long been used in topical, oral, and injected forms to treat leprosy. In addition to its ability to heal the sores associated with leprosy, gotu kola may also have anti-bacterial properties.

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7. Nervous Disorders:
The calming effects of gotu kola can also calm the nervous system directly. For those who suffer from disorders like epilepsy or premature aging, gotu kola can have a powerful effect on the quality of life and the severity of the conditions if taken regularly.

Modern studies about gotu kola
According to modern studies, gotu kola does offer support for healthy memory function. One outcome of gotu kola’s is complex actions is a balanced effect on cells and tissues participating in the process of healing, particularly connective tissues.

How to grow and care gotu kola plant:
With only a few necessary conditions, Gotu kola will grow just about anywhere and under a wide range of environmental conditions.

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If you have purchased potted plant, then you are at least 2 weeks ahead already. Gotu kola will grow in almost any soil but if it is constantly wet then the leaves will show brown spots and you know immediately that you need to either move the plant or change the watering conditions.

If you have a high content of mulch in the soil, then the plants will spread better and establish more strongly. While it can and will tolerate full sun, all day, the best results are obtained by some shade during the hottest part of the day. This makes it perfectly suited to grow under trees, as long as the shade is not complete, all day.

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If you have purchased potted Gotu kola then your best course of action is to keep them in their pots for a week and place them in the area that you intend to grow them. Once they are acclimatized you are free to either pot them into larger pots or directly into the garden.

Water twice daily until they show signs of spreading and then, ignore them completely. Constant harvesting of the leaves will ensure a continual supply and will encourage the plant to spread.

A Final Word of Warning: Always, consult with a trained herbalist or your medical practitioner before adding gotu kola to your herbal regimen.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.