Common name Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort
Latin name Centella asiatica
Parts used Whole Plant
Gotu Kola is particularly sympathetic to the Nervous system, though it has many applications for the circulatory system as well.
It is a nootropic adaptogen. It is generally cooling, and relaxing. In addition to being memory and neuro tonic it is immune supporting as well. It is indicated for the Kapha and pita doshas.
It is sweet, sour, bitter.
It is often indicated for neurological complaints such as Alzheimer's, and amnesia. However it is also particularly indicated for autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Its effect on the circulatory system makes it valuable in combating Asthma and bronchitis.
It is said long ago, the native Sinhalese of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) observed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, loved eating the round-lobed leaves of gotu kola. Thus, the herb gained a reputation as a longevity promoter, a Sinhalese proverb said, ‘Two leaves a day keeps old age away’.
Gotu kola is native to Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia, South Africa, South America and other tropical climates. This perennial is found in shady, marshy areas. It can grow in shallow water or in moist soil.