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Botanical Names Centella asiatica or Gotu kola
English Name Indian penny wort
Telugu Name Saraswathi plant
Family Mackinlayaceae

Centella Asiatica

Centella asiatica, a medicinal herb more commonly known as gotu kola, provides numerous health benefits, though many lack clinical support. Sometimes called "the fountain of life," Centella asiatica provoked legends of a Chinese herbalist who reportedly lived for more than 200 years by using the herb. Though scientific studies have only begun to examine its medicinal benefits, herbalists and natural healers have taken advantage of Centella asiatica for centuries. Widely available in natural wound-healing creams, both the leaves and stems of the plant offer medicinal benefits.

Centella Asiatica

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This herb is very effective in skin diseases as it has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Its use is recommended in open sores and chronic wounds. Many studies have proved its wound healing properties.

Nervous system The herb gotukola boosts memory and grasping power. It is used as brain tonic. Its benefits in conditions like Alzheimer's disease, anxiety and depression are also appreciated. Digestive System: Mandooka parni increases body fire or agni. Hence its preparations are used in Indigestion, loss of appetite, conditions like Irritable Bowel syndrome and amoebiasis. Circulatory system: This herb effectively helps to reduce increased blood pressure and edema which arises due to increased blood pressure. It normalizes vitiation of blood due to pitta. Respiratory system: The accumulated bronchial secretions or kapha gets easily expectorated when this herb is used in respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma.It is very useful in inflammation of vocal chords.
Urinary System

The usage of this herb helps to reduce frequency of urination. It helps in diabetes.

Rejuvenation Regular use of this herb helps in slowing down aging process. Its anti aging properties help to rejuvenate body tissues and boosts body immunity.  Lactating mothers can reap the benefits of this herb, as it increases milk secretion and also purifies it. Apart from these benefits the herb gotu kola also acts as an antipyretic. It helps to reduce fever and normalize body temperature.
Brain Benefits

Centella asiatica may help protect the brain from damage due to toxic metal exposure, according to a study published in the December 2012 issue of the journal "Neurological Sciences." In the animal study, daily doses of 150 or 300 milligrams per kilogram body weight for six weeks decreased oxidative stress -- the damaging effects of toxins and cellular waste products -- caused by aluminum. The herb also improved memory and decreased aluminum levels. Researchers concluded that Centella asiatica shows potential as a natural supplement for protecting against cognitive dysfunction and other forms of nerve damage from exposure to aluminum.

Cancer Prevention

A study published in the December 2012 issue of the "International Journal of Molecular Medicine" found that Centella asiatica may help protect against skin cancer caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Treatment of human skin cells with Centella asiatica decreased the toxic effects of ultraviolet radiation by modulating the activity of certain genetic components of the cells.

Liver Health Asiaticoside, an extract of Centella asiatica, may help prevent liver injury, according to an animal study published in the August 2010 issue of the journal "Phytomedicine." Doses of 5, 10 or 20 milligrams per kilogram body weight of asiaticoside daily for three days reduced elevated liver enzymes in response to a liver-toxic chemical. Asiaticoside also decreased tissue destruction and significantly improved liver function.

Centella asiatica decreased anxiety in laboratory animals in a study published in the September 2012 issue of the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology." In the study, researchers observed significant improvements in several stress-induced behaviors in Centella asiatica-supplemented animals. The herb also improved body weight and levels of stress hormones. These preliminary results suggest that Centella asiatica may be a useful, natural means for managing chronic stress.

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