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Gotu Kola

Also indexed as:Centella asiatica
Gotu Kola: Main Image © Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Centella asiatica

Parts Used & Where Grown

This plant grows in a widespread distribution in tropical, swampy areas, including parts of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and South Africa. It also grows in Eastern Europe. The roots and leaves are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
60 to 120 mg daily of a standardized herbal extract2 stars[2 stars]
Gotu kola extracts have been found to be successful in treating CVI in preliminary trials.
Skin Ulcers
Apply an ointment or powder containing 1 to 2% herbal extract daily2 stars[2 stars]
Gotu kola extracts may be used topically to help speed wound healing.
Wound Healing
Take a standardized herbal extract providing 60 mg total triterpenoids once or twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Applying an ointment containing gotu kola may speed healing of skin wounds.
Burns
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Gotu kola contains substances that inhibit scar tissue from forming, it has been used in the medicinal systems of central Asia for centuries to treat numerous skin diseases.
Scars
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The primary active constituents of gotu kola may prevent excessive scar formation by inhibiting the production of collagen (the material that makes up connective tissue) at the wound site.
Varicose Veins
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with gotu kola may be helpful for varicose veins.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Gotu kola has been important in the medicinal systems of central Asia for centuries. In Sri Lanka, it was purported to prolong life, as the leaves are commonly eaten by elephants. Numerous skin diseases, ranging from poorly healing wounds to leprosy, have been treated with gotu kola. Gotu kola also has a historical reputation for boosting mental activity and for helping a variety of illnesses, such as high blood pressure, rheumatism, fever, and nervous disorders. Some of its common applications in Ayurvedic medicine include heart disease, water retention, hoarseness, bronchitis, and coughs in children, and as a poultice for many skin conditions.1

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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