Scientific: Centella asiatica [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Centella asiatica
is a low growing creeping perennial herb that likes hot, moist climates
in the South and Southeast Asian tropics. It is native to India, Japan,
China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific.
Parts Used: Dried above ground parts
Common Uses: Gotu kola is
known throughout the Asian world as a potent botanical and a tasty food.
This herb, called ‘ji xue cao’, has been utilized for thousands of
years in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda for its
properties and for its positive effect on memory and focus. It is one of
the most important Ayurvedic herbs – they call it Brahmi – which means
‘bringing knowledge’ – and has been used medicinally in India since
ancient times. Today it is very popular worldwide and among the top 25
best-selling herbs in the world. Gotu kola has been used for thousands
of years in India, China, and Indonesia. It is used in Ayurveda to
soothe mental turbulence. It is one of those herbs that is tri-doshic or
brings balance to all three of the Ayurvedic body types, vata, pitta,
and kapha. Gotu kola’s ancient use is recorded in the Chinese Shennong
Herbal (1st-2nd century CE). It is referred to as ‘the fountain of life’
in China as a legend boasts that a gotu kola-eating herbalist lived for
over 200 years. It is commonly eaten as a salad green, eaten raw and
sold as fresh juice in many Asian countries. Rich in nutrients, gotu
kola is a nourishing plant that is sweet and bitter in flavor, and is
often eaten in a variety of Asian dishes. A typical dish consists of
shredded gotu kola leaves, shallots, lime juice, chili, and coconut
flakes. Gotu Kola is widely used to treat skin problems. It heals
wounds, cuts, grazes and burns, and assists the healing of chronic skin
conditions, like ulcers, skin cancer & leprosy. Gotu Kola’s
anti-tumour and wound-healing properties have been clinically proven –
it contains triterpenoid saponoids that help to promote cell
replication. It increases the reproduction of peripheral blood vessels
and connective tissue, improves circulation and helps to retain /
restore elasticity of the skin. It speeds up collagen formation and
increases antioxidant levels within the wound in the early stages of
tissue repair. It is known to reduce thread veins, soothe varicose veins
and ease night cramps of the legs. Gotu Kola is antibacterial,
anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and has peptic ulcer
healing properties. In India they use Gotu Kola to treat abdominal
disorders, asthma and bronchitis. In Europe Gotu kola is given for
rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and poor venous circulation.
A herb of complex chemical components; containing a
number of pentacyclic triterpenoids, triterpene saponins, (including
asiaticoside and madecassoside) glycosides, free aglycones (including
madecassic / brahmic acid and asiatic acid), bitters, alkaloids,
antioxidants, flavonoids, mucilage, fatty acids, tannins, amino acids,
sterols, resins, acids, pectin, vitamins; pro-vitamin A – beta-carotene,
B, and C and minerals; magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium,
copper, calcium, iron, zinc and sodium.
What this means for your fur kids is encouraging.
The calming agents of gotu kola helps dogs that are easily disconcerted,
plus the other applications for supporting collagen and the digestive
system make it a remarkably useful herbal option. It can be used to help
treat arthritis and other ache-related conditions as well. Gotu kola
for dogs is a fascinating herbal treatment for conditions like
arthritis. Its effect regarding stimulating collagen growth ensures it
lessens pain and constructs a complete system of healing pain and
inflammation. There are some noted side effects related to topical
application and large doses should be avoided.
Topic Specific Research:
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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