There are many health benefits of gotu kola (Centella asiatica), but it is important to consider the potential side effects before taking any supplement. This natural herb can be consumed in the form of a tablet, tea, tincture, or salve, and some of the potential side effects of gotu kola may include:
- Nausea or upset stomach when taken internally
- Increase in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, so diabetics should avoid the supplement
- Drowsiness when combined with other medication
- Sunlight sensitivity
At this point, it is unknown if gotu kola is safe for pregnant or nursing women, so it should be avoided until further research is done. Additionally, the effects on children and infants are still unclear.
Because of potential interactions with other medications and supplements, always consult with your doctor before taking gotu kola. Some of those reactions may affect medications such as insulin, cholesterol medications, antidepressants, over the counter cough and cold medication, and anticonvulsants. Also, avoid taking any supplement when drinking alcohol.
Always consult your doctor before taking any new supplement and follow the recommended dosages on the package.