Gotu Kola – The Miracle Elixir
The Miracle Elixir, Gotu Kola
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) has thousands of years of history behind it. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years and was considered one of the “miracle elixirs of life”. Gotu kola grows in parts of Asia, South Africa, and Eastern Europe, preferring more tropic, wet areas. Commonly used for mild and chronic diseases, this plant has become more and more popular worldwide.
Gotu kola is an adaptogenic herb meaning it can positively affect many different systems in the body, likely contributing to its growing popularity. It is helpful for wound healing, venous insufficiency, and it is anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that it helps collagen heal faster and stronger versus placebo. In the case of blood vessel support, it can help improve microcirculation. It’s important to know blood flow is what carries oxygen and nutrients into, then wastes and toxins out of cells throughout the body, improving overall health. Research has also found it may be helpful for chronic venous insufficiency, potentially improving cramps, pain, edema, and heaviness in the lower legs.
Studies are actively being conducted around the world on this health-promoting herb. So far they have found, gotu kola is sedative and helpful with anxiety, supports the brain and nervous system, and has antioxidant properties. Additionally, it can reduce arthritic pain*, is antiepileptic, and can be protective against some radiation damage.
Gotu kola can be taken in tea, capsule, or tincture form. It is also generally recognized as safe. Keep in mind, it is not recommended to take this herb in high doses with medications that promote sleep or reduce anxiety because it can cause sedation. As always, seek the opinion of a health professional before adding it to your lifestyle.
Note: current studies have been conducted using only non-human participants at time of publication
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