What is Gotu Kola?
Gotu Kola is a popular staple in the Chinese tradition. Traditional Chinese and Indonesian medicines as well as Ayurveda have recognized this staple as an effective medicine.
Due to its medicinal properties, Gotu Kola is also referred to as the herb of longevity. Now, only a few studies(1) have been done to support the supposed benefits. If you’re looking to take it regularly, you may expect better brain power, faster healing of damaged skin tissues, and improved kidney and liver health.
What is Gotu Kola Good For?
Here are some Gotu Kola benefits you probably didn’t know about.
Boosts Cognitive Activities
Gotu Kola consists of essential nutrients that help boost brainpower. Regular consumption of Gotu Kola can effectively enhance your cognitive functions.
A study in 2016 observed the effects of Gotu Kola and folic acid on three patients who had cardiac arrests. The patients were divided into three groups.
The first group was given 1 gram of Gotu kola tea per day, whereas the second group was given 750 milligrams. The third group was only given folic acid.
All the patients showed significant recovery signs, but the first group had reported more strength and energy compared to the rest.
Suitable for Alzheimer’s Disease
Nutrient-rich Gotu kola can enhance nerve function and memory, making it a possible medicine for Alzheimer’s disease.
There have been several studies that reported Gotu Kola had positive impacts on mice suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Gotu Kola extract is consumed in dosages of 30 to 60 drops per day, but it may vary with the manufacturers.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Along with several medicinal properties, this herb might also act as an antidepressant.
Researchers found that Gotu Kola can have an anti-anxiety effect on sleep-deprived patients. Sleep deprivation can cause several ailments such as oxidative damage, anxiety, depression, and neuroinflammation.
Patients who have consumed Gotu kola for one week show minimum signs of anxiety and depression even after being sleep-deprived for over 72 hours.
Improves Blood Circulation
Gotu Kola consumption can reduce blood circulation issues like fluid retention and ankle swelling. Ankle swelling and venous disease are also common after a long flight journey.
Regular consumption of Gotu kola will help you fight these conditions and also reduce your stress.
Moreover, in Ayurveda, Gotu kola is also used for diagnosing varicose veins. It proves that this herb has a positive impact on metabolism and helps to develop the vascular wall.
You may also use this herbal medicine in case you are suffering from any kind of skin swelling.
We recommend doing a skin patch test before using Gotu kola extract or any tropical medicine.
A Healing Herb That Reduces Scarring
Adding some Gotu kola extract to your wound dressing can help it to heal faster. This works amazingly on any kind of wound, including clean cuts and irregular tears.
It also minimizes the scarring of your wound. You can also use it to remove old scars or stretch marks. It is believed that the terpenoid contents in Gotu kola help to prevent new stretch marks from occurring.
Moreover, Gotu Kola acts as an effective antioxidant and painkiller. That is why it may not be suitable for everyone, and please consult a doctor or medical expert before using it.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.