Centella Gotu Kola, Gotu Kola, Madagascar Centella - Centella Asiatica L., Pennywort
Recently and traditionally included in formulas for building good blood, strengthening the circulatory system and enhancing immune response (especially with infections). It is being studied for its restorative effect on connective tissue and for boosting memory and learning. It reduces cellulite and helps replace scars with healthier, more normal tissue.
Centella asiatica is great in helping and treating the following problems and conditions:
general tonic, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, sedative, vasodilator, energy, vitality, virility, thins the blood, boosting brain power, lowering blood sugar levels, skin disorders, rejuvenation, anti-ageing, leprosy, skin cancers, circulation, concentration, strengthening veins, fighting varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis
GOTU KOLA (Centella asiatica) rebuilds the energy reserves, and is useful after a nervous breakdown and to help prevent nervous breakdown. Gotu Kola is sometimes called "food for the brain". It helps to combat stress, improve reflexes, and increase mental and physical power. Gotu Kola is used for high blood pressure, senility, aging, and to help the body protect itself against toxins.
Centella asiatica has been found to induce levels of antioxidants in wounds and newly formed tissue, including superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Centella asiatica improves collagen formation and angiogenesis (Shukla et al. 1999a).
Coinwort (Asiatic or American) can be grown around the edges of a water feature, incorporated into a wet low maintenance, mixed species lawn, or kept in a well-irrigated corner of the herb garden. The leaves may be used in salads.