Gotu Kola Herb - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Centella asiatica
Actions: Adaptogen, alterative, antipyretic antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cellular proliferator, diuretic, nervine, sedative, stimulant (mild), tonic (brain and nerve).
Parts used : Whole plant or root
Gotu Kola is native to the warmer regions of both hemispheres. This slender, creeping herb is especially abundant in the swampy areas of India and Sri Lanka, in South Africa, and in the tropical regions of the new world. In Sri Lanka it is eaten as a salad, and in Vietnam it is considered an edible weed. It has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. C. asiatica also grows in Madagascar, parts of southern Africa, and some parts of China. In Chinese medicine, it is known as luo de da or ji xue cao and is used to lower fever, promote urination, and "detoxify" the body.
Due to the similarity in their names, gotu kola is sometimes confused with kola nut, a caffeine-containing stimulant used to produce cola beverages. In fact, the two are not related.
Medical uses and benefits of Gotu Kola
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