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Gotu Kola - A Wonder Herb

Updated on February 1, 2013

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola - (Centella asiatica) is a wonder herb that not only provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals, but can benefit our bodies and minds in many other ways. Gotu Kola grows wild in subtropical areas including China, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, the United States and Australia. It is a creeping perennial that behaves in a similar way to strawberries, growing roots where sections of the plant touch the ground. It grows well in swampy moist areas.

The number of remedies Gotu Kola is responsible for are numerous. It has been used to help with ADD/ADHD, digestive problems, urinary tract issues, healing of wounds and sores, high blood pressure, congestive heart disease, as well as being beneficial for meditation. It is also highly regarded as a longevity herb, helping to retain youthfulness in its' users.

Gota Kola contains Vitamins A, B, C, D and K. It also contains calcium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc, making it a useful vitamin and mineral supplement.

Gotu Kola is well known for its ability to improve memory and cognitive function. In Ayurvedic medicine it is highly valued for its' rejuvenating properties, particularly in brain and nerve cells, enhancing memory and concentration and increasing calmness.

This wonder herb has anti spasmodic, anti fungal, antiviral, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties making it an important herb to include in your garden. Aside from these advantages Gotu Kola is a blood purifier, a tonic and a sedative.

Use as a cream or poultice to treat sunburn as well as skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also noted for its' ability to improve circulation in the lower limbs and help with varicose veins. Gotu Kola reportedly helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also helpful in the fight against arthritis not only reducing swelling but also alleviating pain associated with this condition.

As this herb can benefit everyone it is suggested you eat two or three leaves per day. After a few weeks this should be increased to five or six leaves per day. This dose is based on leaves that are two to three centimeters across. If your leaves are smaller you will need to eat more. I have a Gotu Kola plant in my garden and I think I will take up the challenge and see if I notice any improvements. I have started eating two leaves a day as of today and I have written a reminder on my board as we all know it takes time to create a new habit.

Women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this herb, nor should children or teenagers. It can also affect some medications, such as those used for cholesterol, diabetes, sedatives, diuretics and drugs that affect the liver. In these cases it is wise to consult your doctor or registered herbalist before using.

If you find eating the leaves less than appetizing Gotu Kola extract is available in capsule form from Health Food Shops and online websites.

Leaves From a Gotu Kola Plant

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    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      2 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi RTalloni. It could well be as it is inclined to run rampant in some parts of the world. Thanks for reading.

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago from the short journey

      Now I'm wondering if Gotu Kola is trying take over my neighborhood. If this is what it is then I alone have enough to feed the world so I should to learn more about cultivating and using it. Getting rid of it seems impossible so I may as well make friends with it!

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      2 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi cebutouristspot. Glad you found it helpful. I find it grows easily. Thanks for commenting.

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      cebutouristspot 

      2 years ago from Cebu

      Thanks for this wonderful information. I will surely look this up and add this plant to my garden :). Hope it is easy to grow.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks rajan jolly. And thank you for your information.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative write up on Brahmi as Gotu Kola herb is called here. Especially useful for the brain for its memory enhancing properties it is much used in making syrups for this purpose.

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      tebo 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      You should be able to find it in garden centres. My sister bought some plants from a garden centre in Feilding, and gave me one. I thought they should be available in Australia too. I am sure I saw a youtube video of an Australian guy talking about the virtues of Gotu Kola.

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      jacki 

      4 years ago

      I am desperate to find a gotu kola plant.

      My mother has chronic pain due to athritis, no prescribed pain medication has worked.

      I have researched this herb for some time whilst living in Australia, and feel this herb would help her.

      Can you please tell me where I can purchase this plant in nz. I return to Australia next 18th sept 2014.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Diana. I think it is wise that you avoid this herb if you are trying to conceive. Maybe sometime later. Thanks for reading.

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      tebo 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi ChristinS. That's interesting that it was in an ADD supplement. I eat some leaves from time to time and haven't noticed any problems. It's all trial and error with these things isn't it as everyone is different. Thanks for your comments.

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      Diana 

      4 years ago

      It seems to have so many benefits, but I'm afraid to try it for when the time comes for me to try to conceive.

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      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      I have a supplement for ADD with this as one of the ingredients. I liked the supplement ok, but it kind of gave me a stomachache so I stopped taking it. I think maybe due to all the stuff combined in it. I will look for gotu on its own and try it out I think and see how I do with it. I can see from your hub it has a ton of benefits I haven't fully considered, so definitely worth a shot. I don't think it would grow well in my region or I'd try growing it, it's a pretty plant.

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      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Claudia Tello. Thanks for reading my hub and for your much appreciated comments. It is easy enough to include once you have a plant in your garden. Just have to remember to pick the odd leaf and chewing it up. Tastes OK on its own. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Claudia Tello 

      5 years ago from Mexico

      Very interesting, I would love to incorporate Gotu Kola in my diet. Didn´t have a clue about what it was until I saw its alternative name Centella asiática. This other name I had heard before but I learned a lot more about it now that I´ve read this hub.

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      Kas 

      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Once we get our garden going sometime, I'd like to incorporate it for sure. Thanks again.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Kasman. I only recently found out about Gotu Kola not long before I wrote the hub. I thought its properties were well worth sharing and I am glad you think so too. Thanks as always for commenting.

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      Kas 

      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Wow tebo, I've never heard of this herb either. I'm a huge fan of natural remedies if I can get my hands on them. I love little known about plants but the problem is finding out where to procure them. Thanks for this as I think I will be trying to find out where I can get it now. Voting up and sharing! God bless.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have only recently come across it and now have it in my garden. Thanks for your comments.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I've never heard of this herb. It certainly sounds like a miracle herb. I will have to look it up. Thanks for sharing.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks rajan jolly for your comments. My sister introduced me to this herb and I am grateful to her for this. I think it is a wonderful herb.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for introducing me to this herb. This seems to be a very useful herb and you are lucky to have it growing merrily in your garden as the picture above shows.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi midget38 and thanks for commenting. It certainly is quite amazing how we do have all this help out there in nature for our health.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      An interesting and beneficial herb. If we just explore, we can find many wondrous healing miracles! Thanks for sharing!

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Nell for commenting. It does sound like a wonder herb doesn't it I only found out about it from my sister who had bought some and gave one to me, so I'm eating the leaves each day and I will see if I notice any changes.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      This sounds like a great herb, it's a pity we can't get it in England, I will have to keep an eye out for it, amazing isn't it how our plants are so useful, voted up! nell

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I was surprised when I heard about this herb too. Actually you have just reminded me to go and pick a couple of leaves for today's dose. Thanks for reading.

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      loveofnight 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      it never ceases to amaze me, all of the health benefits that we need growing right beneath our feet. this is my first introduction to this herb, i must find out more, thanks for the read.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi DDE. I only heard of it a short while ago when my sister introduced me to it and gave me a plant. Pretty amazing if it does what they say it does.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I never heard of this herb, medicinal purposes sounds promising thanks.

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