Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Gotu Kola (centella asiatica) is an exceptional herb native to Asia that has been revered in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic traditions. This medicinal plant is helpful for supporting longevity, restoring adrenal health, reducing stress and anxiety, treating skin conditions, supporting cognitive functions, nourishing the reproductive organs, the bladder, kidneys, and the brain.
Gotu Kola is considered an adaptogen or adaptogenic herb. An adaptogen is described as a natural herb product that increases the body’s resistance to stresses such as trauma, anxiety and bodily fatigue. Adaptogens help us to adapt and to manage stress, as well as to regulate hormones, and promote homeostasis.
Another wonderful quality of Gotu Kola is it’s healing potential for skin conditions. Gotu Kola is antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It has been known to treat eczema, rashes, boils, wounds, and other troublesome skin conditions.
Gotu Kola has been considered a longevity tonic that also boosts cognitive functions. It is said to enhance intelligence, combat depression, improve reflexes, balance the nervous system, and lower high blood pressure. There has also been talk of Gotu Kola being helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s.
You may be asking now – where can I find Gotu Kola and how do I use it? Gotu Kola can be found in several forms. There are the fresh green leaves which can be eaten raw, as well as dried leaves for teas, and there are capsules, pre-made tea bags, and liquid extracts or tinctures. Gotu Kola can be eaten raw in salads, cooked into soups, included in stir-fries, or added to smoothies and fresh-pressed juices. It is very easy to grow and makes a great ground cover. Most herbal and supplement providers or health food stores will carry some form of Gotu Kola.
Gotu Kola is generally safe for all ages and most conditions. If you are pregnant or nursing please check with your doctor before using.
Side Effects: Gotu Kola may increase the effects of barbiturates, sedatives, and analgesics.
I hope you have the opportunity to try this helpful herb!
Big thanks to Gotu Kola for being such an awesome healing ally. Blessings of Health to you all.
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