“Food for the brain” or “grass-memory”
How powerful herb is gotu kola (lat. Centella asiatica) is the fact that it is known as “food for the brain” or “grass-memory” . In Chinese medicine Gotu kola is called “fountain of youth” because it prolongs life.
Gotu kola grows mainly in the Himalayas and yogis are using as food during meditation, because activates the crown chakra, and helps in balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Except in China, gotu kola is well known in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Central and Southern Africa.
One of the most important herbs of Ayurveda
Gotu kola is one of the most important plants of Ayurveda.
The most commonly are used its leaves, and can be prepared in various ways.
It can be taken as a liquid – tonic, in the form of creams or lotions, powder of dried herb or as a tablet and capsules.
Since it has a bitter, pungent and sweet taste, it cools the body.
Biologically active substances:
– Triterpenoid saponins (asiaticoside, madekassosidy)
– Derivatives triterpenic acids (asiatic, madekassikovoy, tsentilovoy, tsentoilovoy et al.)
– Derivatives R1-barrigenola
– Polyacetylene compound
– Flavonoids (rutin, kaempferol, quercetin, and others)
– Essential oil (0.1%; rich pinene, mirtsenom et al. Mono- and sesquiterpenoids)
– Minerals: calcium, potassium, phosphorus
– Thymine, asparagine, izoginetin
Antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, laxative, diuretic, dermatoprotective, hypotensive agents.
The healing properties of Gotu Cola:
• stimulates the circulation and supply of oxygen to tissues
• improves concentration, learning and memory
• helps with senile dementia and forgetfulness
• strengthens the immune system
• protect against stress, insomnia and depression
• accelerates wound healing and stimulates skin regeneration
• it’s a natural aphrodisiac
• helps in rehabilitation from alcohol, drugs and smoking
• rejuvenates and extends the life
Gotu Kola – The brain food
First of all, Gotu Kola is the best plant for the brain cells and the entire nervous system. It feeds them and rejuvenated.
It works by accelerating blood flow and improves the supply of oxygen to tissues and organs.
Improved blood circulation in the brain increases mental energy, clarity, concentration and memory.
Gotu kola contains triterpenoid substances, aziatikozide, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain cortex.
It balances and coordinates the functions of the mind, helping with learning and better memory.
In Ayurveda, it is used to treat anxiety and epilepsy.
Traditional use and modern research
Gotu kola is known as a powerful aphrodisiac and is an important means to strengthen the spirit.
Traditionally used for the purpose of purifying the blood.
Combined with ginkgo, which improves circulation (particularly in the brain), is used against all forms of dementia (senile dementia, forgetfulness).
Scientific studies in the developed countries conducted more than 30 years on children with brain damage have shown that children who took gotu about 12 weeks, were more attentive and focused.
It’s clinically proven to help people with ADHD (attention deficit disorder), and memory loss.
Contemporary researches are in favor of this plant, which could be a natural aid to students in preparing exams and learning, as it increases the concentration, the ability to master the subject matter and memory.
Many in Gotu see any hope for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, because it shows the possibility of the return of a certain part of the lost memory.
Protects against stress
Gotu kola is a complex chemical plant, known as an adaptogen because it improves the functioning of the immune system, strengthen the adrenal glands and helps to reduce the stress.
Its soothing effect is related to the decreased production of cortisol and other stress hormones.
Reduces emotional and mental tension, nervousness, fear, anxiety.
Since it strengthen the adrenal gland, also improves endurance and increases energy level in those who consume it.
The solution for skin problems
Gotu kola is an herb that has strong potential in the treatment of almost all skin diseases. This plant has antibiotic action and quickly heal wounds and scars.
The plants are the active ingredients that speed up and increase the production of collagen in bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
They are responsible for faster and better wound healing process.
Also, because of the effect on collagen synthesis, this herb affects the skin’s elasticity and firmness and helps in prevention of wrinkles.
Enhances your complexion because it encourages the liver and kidneys in elimination of the toxins.
It has a beneficial effect on connective tissues, has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and stimulates the normal function of the skin.
Can help with burns, keloids (excessive growth of scar tissue), and wounds, including surgical incisions and skin ulcers.
It makes stronger cells that form the walls of blood vessels and improves blood flow, which can be useful in the treatment of varicose veins.
Other medicinal properties
Gotu kola belongs to a group of the most powerful antioxidants and makes an excellent prevention against cancer and other degenerative diseases.
It helps in removing bad habits and addictions of all types (alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking, addiction to sugar).
It helps against chronic fatigue, especially in combination with Ashwagandha.
Slows the aging process, prolonging the life and gives strength in the elderly.