Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola, Centella asiatica, or Asiatic pennywort is a perennial flowering plant and member of the parsley family.  It has a long history of being used in India, China and Indonesia for wound healing, improving mental clarity, and treating skin conditions.  In China it has also been used to treat respiratory infections.

Studies in western medicine has shown gotu kola to reduce swelling and improve blood flow, therefore being useful in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.  Another potential useful application would be to decrease swelling and fluid accumulation for those who fly.  The mechanism by which it seems to do this is strengthening the blood vessels while relieving tension in the arteries.

Wound healing is another area that this herb has been shown to facilitate healing.  Due to an ample amount of phytochemicals (antioxidants)it has been shown to increase blood supply to an injured area when applied topically.  This could be in association with a trauma or a skin condition such as psoriasis.

Due to the antioxidant effect and the increasing blood supply it has been shown to improve mental processing by stimulating neural pathways and reducing free radicals to the brain.  Also, as far as the brain is concerned, some studies are suggesting that it may have a positive effect on anxiety by decreasing severity of panic attacks and episodes of anxiety in general.

Gotu Kola has been shown to have some effect on the liver.  It is an herb that would need to be cycled on and off of it you were to incorporate it into a regiment for any given symptom.  This is why it is important for you to connect with a healthcare provider when deciding what supplementation may benefit you the most.