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Gotu Cola - Uses and Benefits

Scintific Names:- Centella asiatica

Family:- Umbelliferae.

Common Names:-  Centella, March Pennywort, Indian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle, Brahmi, Luei Gong Gen.

Gotu kola has been referred to as "food for the brain". This oriental herb has demonstrated mild tranquilizing, anti-anxiety and anti-stress effects, as well as improving mental functions such as concentration and memory. It has a calming effect on the body and is chiefly used to support the central nervous system.

Gotu Kola, also known as Indian Pennywort is one of the most widely used and important Ayurvedic herbs on the market today. This ground cover species is weed like especially, in parts of India and Hawaii where it grows prolifically in unusual conditions, such as drainage ditches, gutters and neglected areas.

Gotu Kola, also known as centella and Indian pennywort, is a creeping vine found growing in tropical and subtropical climates in Africa, Asia, Australia, India and South America, and even the southeastern United States. Gotu kola has also been shown to have a calming affect on individuals prone to anxiety, and may also be useful in individuals suffering from depression.

Gotu kola protects the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the brain, which helps increase the brain's oxygen supply. Clinical studies have shown that gotu kola improves concentration; in one study students' test scores improved after taking gotu kola.

Uses of Gotu Kola:-

Gotu kola has been widely used for a number of conditions, particularly in traditional Eastern health care. In Ayurveda Gotu kola is one of the chief herbs for revitalizing the nerves and brain cells. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it, and to strengthen the adrenals.

Gotu Kola contains no cola or caffeine, as its name would suggest. This herb is called brain food by many. It have been used around the world for centuries to treat leprosy, cancer, skin disorders, arthritis, hemorrhoids, and tuberculosis.

It has an energizing effect on the cells of the brain, relieves high blood pressure, mental fatigue, senility, and helps the body defend itself against various toxins. It works as a blood purifier and in strengthening the heart, as well as with bowel problems, rheumatism, skin problems, and also promotes blood circulation in the lower limbs and reduces the pain and swelling due to phlebitis.

Gotu kola has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia. It has also been called one of the "miracle elixirs of life" because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of using the herb.

Dosage:-

Take two capsules with a meal twice daily.

Side Effects of Gotu Kola:-

Side effects are rare but may include skin allergy and burning sensations (with external use), headache, stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, and extreme drowsiness. These side effects tend to occur with high doses of gotu kola.

Gotu kola causes contact dermatitis in some individuals. In large amounts or with long-term use, gotu kola can cause headaches, vertigo and photosensitivity. Topical application may cause rash or photosensitization. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, using tranquilizers or sedatives, it may have a narcotic effect.

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