Gotu Kola

Gotu kola is also known as Indian Pennywort. It is a low growing perennial that is native to tropical and subtropical areas of the world, particularly in India and Indonesia. It is characterized by its brilliantly green, fan shaped leaves and grows to an average height of 20 inches. The aerial parts of the plant are harvested and used for medicinal purposes. Although Gotu kola can be cultivated under controlled conditions, the majority of commercial products continue to be harvested from wild plants.

Gotu kola
has traditional uses in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, dating back thousands of years. In Chinese medicine it was a common remedy for asthma, bronchitis, heart problems, dysentery, epilepsy, insomnia, jaundice, conditions of the eyes, diarrhea, urination problems, inflammation, high blood pressure, and exhaustion. Ayurvedic applications include uses as a tonic to rejuvenate the body and mind, for skin disease, rheumatism, mental illness, and memory enhancer.

Today, Gotu kola is used primarily in the treatment of conditions relating to wound repair and skin health. It is also widely used for conditions with poor venous tone or poor circulation. It is considered a potent antioxidant and anticonvulsant; as well as an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, and anti-rheumatic agent.

The main constituents that lend Gotu kola its medicinal activity are the triterpenoid saponins, alkaloids, and bitters. The most well known constituent is the triterpenoid saponin, asiaticoside. Asiaticoside is believed to be responsible for Gotu kola's wound healing, venous tone, and circulatory actions. Another constituent, asiatic acid, has been shown to exhibit anti-cancer effects in several in vitro studies. Gotu kola is also high in flavonoids. This may offer an explanation concerning its significant antioxidant activity.

Products Containing Gotu Kola
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Attend $35.05
$0.58 60 Vaxa ADHD
Exitor $37.95
$1.27 30 Progressive Health


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