Medicinal use:

Longevity: Indian Pennywort (Gotu Kola) has been used as a rejuvenating herb for thousands of years.  It is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine mostly used in China and India where it is called “the fountain of life”.  This comes from a legendary Chinese herbalist who is said to have lived for 200 years due to his lifelong use of Gotu Kola. In Sri Lanka, the residents noticed that elephants chewed on the leaves of the plant and it seemed to promote their longevity.

Improve brain function and Nervous breakdown: The herb has a natural ability to harmonize the left and right hemisphere activity. The person has improved awareness, and the thinking becomes clearer. By enhancing the brain circuitry, the learning, and ability to concentrate become better. The memory of the person becomes better. People suffering from a nervous breakdown will benefit from the regular use of the Gotu Kola.

Rheumatism: Regular use of gotu kola is good to get relief from inflammation of joints such as rheumatoid arthritis. Gotu kola shows good anti-inflammatory properties. Through the regular use, it can reverse inflammation and get relief from pain.

Centella Asiatica may help reduce venous conditions such as varicose veins and venous insufficiency, a condition that causes blood to pool in the legs.

Centella Asiatica contains chemicals known as triterpenoids that appear to speed wound healing, boost antioxidants at the wound site, strengthen the skin and increase blood supply to the wounded area

Gotu Kola

It may also decrease anxiety and increase mental function in some individuals.  Apart from wound healing, the herb is recommended for the treatment of various skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genitourinary tract and also for relieving anxiety and improving cognition.

About the plant:

Centella asiatica or Gotu Kola is a perennial plant which lives and thrives around water bodies. The leaves are small and fan-shaped. The size of the leaves ranges from 1-7 cm. It has no taste or smell.


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Vernacular name:

Common Name:Indian Pennywort,Gotu Kola
English: Indian Pennywort, coinwort, Indian water navelwort, pennyweed, spadeleaf  Hindi: ballari, bheki, brahmamanduki, brahmi, khulakhudi, manduki
Assamese:bar manimuni
Bengali: brahmamanduki, thanakuni
Gujarati:brahmi, khadabrahmi
Kannada: brahmi soppu, gadde baraga, ilikivi soppu, ondelaga, Saraswati soppu
Malayalam: kutakam, kutannal
Manipuri: peruk
Marathi: brahmi, ekpani, karivana
Mizo: hnah-bial, lambak
Nepali: brahmabuti, ghod-tapre
Oriya: mandukaparnni, manduki, mula parnni, Sarasbati
Tamil: kacappi

How to grow:

Ensure the soil never dries out. Otherwise, no gotu kola care is necessary; just stand back and watch them grow.It grows better in partial shady conditions.

How to use:
  • For improving brain power, memory, intelligence prepare a medicated ghee by boiling the fresh juice of herb in equal amount ghee. Daily eat one teaspoon as a brain tonic. Chew few leaves in the morning empty stomach. Take dried powder in a dose of 3-6 grams.
  • Hair loss, premature hair graying, hair care, massaging scalp for sleeplessness, stress, and headache, Extract juice of Gotu kola leaves. Mix with equal amount of coconut oil. Boil the mixture till all the water is evaporated. Filter and store in a bottle to use as a hair oil.
  • For anxiety, make a paste of 3-gram leaves. Add Black pepper powder and take.
Caution:

Always talk to your doctor before self-treating with this or any other herb, especially if you currently take prescription medications

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116297/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/132611-what-are-benefits-centella-asiatica/