Commonly known as gotu kola and pennywort, Centella asiatica is a perennial herb native to tropical regions.1,2 It has been used in Ayurvedic1 and native medicines throughout the world, and gotu kola extracts have found their way into modern pharmaceutical and cosmetic/personal care applications.3 Studies show that gotu kola also has insecticidal properties against the mosquitos that carry malaria and encephalitis, and against parasites that infect cattle and cause human illness.4
Laboratory, animal experiments, and some human clinical trials have demonstrated that gotu kola may offer a number of preventive and therapeutic effects for a variety of health issues, including:
Cardiovascular (e.g., high blood pressure and cholesterol)15-18
Erectile Dysfunction19
Gastric (Stomach) Ulcers21
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)23
Liver Injury25
Lung Problems3,26
Rheumatoid Arthritis27
Skin Concerns (e.g., varicose veins, cellulite, stretch marks, and wrinkles)3, 5,28-31      Weight Problems32

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