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Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. Also: Hydrocotyl asiatica. Family: Umbilliferae
Gotu Kola, Hydreocotyle, Indian Pennyworth, Talepetako. (Do not confuse with Kola nuts,
Kola, or Cola).
History & Folklore:
Sri Lankans noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, ate the leaves
of the Gotu Kola plant. It became custom that for long life one must consume several
leaves of the Gotu Kola plant each day. Other traditional cures ascribed to the Gotu
Kola plant were: mental illness, high blood pressure, fever, ulcers, etc. It was
also believed that Gotu Kola plant was a potent aphrodisiac.
Triterpenoids appear to stimulate collagen content of fibronectin layer and asiaticoside
which may stimulate wound healing. Madecassoside is thought to have
anti-inflammatory properties. Centellase, (total triterpenoid fraction), is
thought to improve microcirculation and may be the agent responsible for reported
improvements in memory and stress reduction. Triterpenic Fraction may elevate basal
levels of uronic acids and lysosomal enzymes which is thought to promote increased
mucopolysaccharide turnover in varicose veins and may improve metabolism in vascular wall
connective tissue. TECA may improve vein tonicity, vein distensibility and is said
to decrease subjective complaints of about 80% of varicose vein patients.
Researchers are considering Gotu Kola's effectiveness in the following:
- Wound Healing (topically applied)
- Anti-Scarring agent (topically applied)
- Circulation improvements
- Memory improvements
- Antipyretic (Fever Reduction)
- Vericose Veins
- Chronic hepatic disorders
Triterpenes, Madecasic Acid, Madecassoside, Asiatic Acid, Asiaticoside.