CIRCULATORY SYSTEM STIMULANT
HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT
BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM TONIC
Decreased return of blood from the feet and legs back to the heart (venous insufficiency). Taking gotu kola or a specific extract of gotu kola (Centella) by mouth for 4-8 weeks seems to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling in people with poor blood circulation in the legs.
CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS
PARTS OF THE PLANT USED
The above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
MANUFACTURERES RECOMMENDED DOSAGE
TEA- 3X PER DAY
1-4 GRAMS DAILY
For blood circulation problems in the legs (venous insufficiency): 60-180 mg daily of gotu kola extract.
FORMS FOR USE
CREAM OR OINTMENT
If you experience any adverse reactions after taking gotu kola, you should discontinue use and consult your health care practitioner.
Additionally, most research advises against usage for longer than six weeks and recommends taking a two-week break if using for an extended period of time.
Most also recommend against using gotu kola if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding as its effects have not been studied on infants or children.
Finally, because high doses can act as a sedative, some sources caution against using gotu kola in combination with medications that are used to treat anxiety or sleep disorders.
Gotu kola is an herb that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
A LITTLE EXTRA.....
Gotu kola is used to treat bacterial, viral, or parastitic infections such as urinary tract infection (UTI), shingles, leprosy, cholera, dysentery, syphilis, the common cold, influenza, H1N1 (swine) flu, elephantiasis, tuberculosis, and schistosomiasis.
Gotu kola is also used for fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and improving memory and intelligence. Other uses include wound healing, trauma, and circulation problems (venous insufficiency) including varicose veins, and blood clots in the legs.
Some people use gotu kola for sunstroke, tonsillitis, fluid around the lungs (pleurisy), liver disease (hepatitis), jaundice, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), stomach pain, diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers, epilepsy, asthma, “tired blood” (anemia), diabetes, and for helping them live longer.
Some women use gotu kola for preventing pregnancy, absence of menstrual periods, and to arouse sexual desire.
Gotu kola is sometimes applied to the skin for wound healing and reducing scars, includiung stretch marks caused by pregnancy.
How does it work?
Gotu kola contains certain chemicals that seem to decrease inflammation and also decrease blood pressure in veins. Gotu kola also seems to increase collagen production, which is important for wound healing.