Studies show this herb has anti-inflammatory effects and improves blood flow throughout the body.
It contains asiaticoside, which stimulates skin repair and strengthens hair, nails and connective tissue and may also prevent excessive scar formation.
It is used specifically to treat leprosy, skin ulcers, and other skin problems.
Gotu kola has a longstanding reputation in India as a “rejuvenator,” helping concentration and memory.
It is also taken for fertility and as a tonic for poor digestion and rheumatism.
In India, fresh leaves are given to children for dysentery.
The plant is also thought helpful for fevers, abdominal disorders, asthma, and bronchitis.
An oil extract is used to promote hair growth.
In the west gotu kola has been used mainly for skin problems and wounds.
It is now also considered to have an anti-inflammatory effect and is given for rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, and poor venous circulation.
Gotu Kola leaves are used in tablets, tinctures, and creams.
CAUTIONS: Should be avoided by pregnant & nursing women as well as those trying to get pregnant.