Ancient herb - Modern Uses for Gotu Kola
Thursday, August 1st 2002
Gotu Kola has been utilised in India since prehistoric times. It was also used extensively by the people of Java and other islands of Indonesia. In the nineteenth century Gotu kola was incorporated into the Indian pharmacopoeia where it was recommended for wound healing as well as skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema and psoriasis. It was also used to treat diarrhoea, fever and disease of the female genito-urinary tract. Clinical applications of Centella asiatica, Kartnig T. It has also been used for keloids and scleroderma.
Gotu Kola was first accepted in France in the 1880's and since then, extracts have been used in many of the same conditions mentioned above.
Clinical applications include the following:
Some types of cellulite have responded in various clinical studies. In one study of 65 patients very good results were produced in 58 percent of patients and satisfactory results in 20 percent. The effect of Gotu kola in the treatment of cellulite appears to be related to its ability to enhance connective tissue structure and reduce sclerosis by acting directly on fibroblasts.
Improving mental function
A significant increase in the mental abilities of thirty developmentally disabled children treated with Gotu Kola has been reported. After a twelve week period the children were more attentive and better able to concentrate on assigned tasks. Some of the active constituents of Gotu Kola have demonstrated mild tranquillising, anti-stress and antianxiety action, which is presumed to ultimately enhance mental function as well. Indian J Pshiatry 19,54-59 1977.
Disorders of veins
Numerous studies have demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency. This appears to be due to Gotu Kola's ability to enhance the connective tissue sheath that surrounds the vein, reduce hardening of the vein and improve blood flow through the vein.
Significant improvement in symptoms such as feelings of heaviness in the legs, numbing and tingling sensations and night cramps as well as improvement in physical findings including oedema, spider veins, leg ulcers and improved blood flow was observed in 80 percent of patients in clinical trials.
Reproduced unabridged from the August/September 2002 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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