The Centella Asiatica is also known as gotu kola, Indian pennywort and Asiatic pennywort. A native of Asia, this herb finds mention in African, Chinese and Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) traditional medicine systems.
The herb is known for its vulnerary, vasodilator, refrigerant, nervine, hypotensive, astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It contains kaempferol, brahmioside, betulinic acid, Asiatic acid and asiaticoside.
It is mostly used in traditional medicine as remedy for improving memory and improving concentration and attention span. It is an undisputed brain tonic that improves brain function. Owing to its nervine properties, Centella Asiatica is used for treating premature aging (both of the mind and body), senility and epilepsy among others.
It is also used to strengthen blood vessels, purification of the blood and rejuvenation of the mind. Taken in combination with Brahmi it is an excellent memory enhancer.
It stimulates the production of collagen and hence is very effective in reversing aging signs of the skin and promoting healing process.
Centella Asiatica is used to enhance libido in both men and women, fight depression and stress and improve reflexes. It is also highly beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure, hepatitis, venereal diseases, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, skin ulcers and minor burns.
Centella Asiatica is a tonic, diuretic and an energy stimulant. It is used to treat skin diseases like eczema and dermatitis. It is also used for improving memory, epilepsy, and several mental disorders. Centela Asiatica is also very useful for hair growth, and is commonly used as a hair wash
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