Gotu Kola
  Hydrocotyle Ariatica

Gotu Kola, considered a nervine tonic as it promotes both mental clarity and calm, used to treat insomnia, stress, nervousness, disturbed emotions, and nervous system disorders. Historically, Gotu Kola is considered a prime nervine tonic as it promotes both mental clarity and calm.  In India where Ayurvedic medicine is practiced, Gotu Kola is used to treat insomnia, stress, nervousness, disturbed emotions, and many nervous system disorders.  Some yogis use the herb to assist them in their yoga and meditation practice.  India, China and other Far East countries also considered Gotu Kola a herb of longevity and a proverb of India was 'two leaves a day keep old age away'.

Gotu Kola is a nerve tonic and a brain food that both increases mental activity, while also acting as a mild tranquilizer.   It improves blood circulation in the brain, which is an energy enhancer of those cells and when used proactively can help avoid and treat a nervous breakdown. Gotu Kola is also useful in the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy, schizophrenia and loss of memory.

Modern science, while investigating its use in longevity and brain capacity, discovered that Gotu Kola is of great value in fever and inflammatory conditions.  The most active constituents of Gotu Kola are the triterpene, saponins, asiaticoside, Brahmoside and Brahminoside.  Asiaticoside, in particular, exhibits the wide range of antibiotic activity of the herb.  It has been found to be in bactericidal, fungicidal, ameobacidal, insecticidal and syphlitic skin diseases.

The latest research suggests that the asiaticoside in Gotu Kola is among the most promising treatments for one of history's devastating skin diseases, leprosy.

The volatile oils in Gotu Kola produce a diuretic and blood purifying effect by producing a purge stimulus in the kidneys.  The volatile oils also contain cholesteremic steroids like Beta-sitosterol that helps lower serum cholesterol levels.  Gotu Kola is also beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Areas and diseases where Gotu Kola can be beneficial:
Age Spots, Aging, Arteriosclerosis, Blisters, High Blood Pressure, Circulation to Brain, Clear Voice, Depression, Dysentery, Energy, Exhaustion, Mental and Physical Fatigue, Fever, Headaches, Strengthens Heart, Hypoglycemia, Inability to Concentrate, Insomnia, learning Problems, Leg Circulation, Leprosy, Liver, Longevity, Measles, Memory Problems, Menopause, Mental Troubles, Nervous Breakdown, Pituitary Gland, Psoriasis,
Rheumatism, Schizophrenia, Scrofula, Senility, Inflammatory Skin Conditions,  Sore Throat, Spinal Meningitis, Stamina, Stomach Problems, Stuttering, Tonic, Tonsillitis, Ulcerations, Ulcers, Varicose Veins, Wound Healing

Sources:
Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
Nutritional Herbology, by Mark Pedersen, Wendell W. Whitman Company, 1998
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania 1987
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988
Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007

 

 

 

 

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The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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