Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is an ancient remedy that has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from leprosy to psoriasis. Chinese folklore states that one man lived for 200 years by eating gotu kola.
While you may not live hundreds of years by adding it to your life, gotu kola might improve your health in many ways. Some people consider gotu kola to be a health tonic because it encourages longevity and keeps the major organs functioning properly.
Here are 6 health benefits of gotu kola.
Varicose Veins and Circulation
A study found that gotu kola improved vascular tone in people with varicose veins. Other studies have found that gotu kola helps with venous insufficiency, or pooling of fluid in the legs by improving circulation in the lower legs.
Research on animals has found that the triterpenoids in gotu kola aid in wound healing by increasing blood supply to the wound, making the healing skin stronger, raising levels of antioxidants in the skin, and boosting collagen production. This makes it a great topical treatment for all kinds of skin problems and people have found it beneficial for psoriasis, prevention of scars after injury, prevention of stretch marks, and burns.
Taking gotu kola internally may be beneficial in the treatment of stomach ulcers. It may also help with diarrhea and other digestive problems.
Studies in animals have found that gotu kola has sedative properties and may help with insomnia. No human studies have been conducted yet.
One study found that gotu kola helped the symptoms of scleroderma by reducing skin hardening and joint pain and improving joint movement.
Because of its ability to improve circulation, gotu kola may improve mental performance. When circulation to the brain is increased, memory is improved. In addition to boosting the memory, improved circulation in the brain may improve and prevent many different brain disorders.