Gotu kola has the effect of dissipating heat, nourishing yin, detoxifying, often used to treat many diseases such as sore throat, tonsillitis, food poisoning. In addition, they are also used for the purpose of quickly reducing the symptoms of skin diseases and supporting the improvement of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
Precious medicine from gotu kola
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is also known as inter-premium, accumulates snow, usually in shady, moist, humus-rich places in Asian regions like China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam… In addition, Central and South American countries, Africa, the Middle East also have gotu kola.
Gotu kola is not only a vegetable to eat as oriental families are used to, but also a popular medicine in oriental country as well as many other Asian countries. The therapeutic effects of gotu kola have been proven by many studies.
The amazing benefits of gotu kola:
Treatment of varicose veins
Gotu kola can help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation for people with venous diseases such as venous insufficiency (a disease that causes blood to pool in the legs).
A study published in Cardiology in 2001 gave subjects with venous hypertension a placebo or gotu kola and followed them for 4 weeks. At the end of the term, symptoms such as ankle edema, swelling, pain, cramps, and fatigue in the lower extremities were all significantly reduced in the subjects who drank gotu kola. Researchers noted that taking gotu kola about 180mg a day was effective in reducing symptoms associated with high blood pressure.
Originally used to treat minor wounds, gotu kola contains chemicals called triterpenoids that are believed to accelerate healing, increase antioxidants in the injured skin, and help keep skin healthy. and increase blood circulation to the injured body area.
A 2006 study tested the healing effects of gotu kola on wounds in rats. The results showed that the wounds treated with gotu kola leaf extract recovered much faster than the untreated wounds. Although human trials are still lacking, this evidence seems to support the traditional use of gotu kola: a healing herb.
The triterpenoids in gotu kola can help reduce anxiety and enhance neurological function in many people. According to a 2000 study published in the journal Clinical Psychiatry, patients were less likely to be startled by noise 30-60 minutes after taking gotu kola.
Although this study shows that gotu kola may have anti-anxiety effects in humans, researchers have not been able to determine the effectiveness of gotu kola in treating anxiety symptoms.
Improve cognitive ability
Studies have shown that gotu kola has a direct effect on cognitive ability. The main reason is that gotu kola extract has a positive effect on the circulatory system in the body, helping to promote oxygenation in the brain and improve cognitive activities. The antioxidants in gotu kola also contribute to the stimulation of nerve pathways by clearing away plaque and free radicals in the brain.
This makes gotu kola a popular ‘tonic’ for the elderly, as research has shown that gotu kola can slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Helps keep the digestive system healthy
There is a traditional remedy that uses gotu kola leaves to treat stomachache – a disease that is now called a stomach ulcer. This remedy is still effective to this day, and the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities of gotu kola leaves also have a significant effect in improving the health of the intestines and colon.
Circulatory system support
Gotu kola plays two major roles in the circulatory system and both are beneficial to the human body. Gotu kola extract can help strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries, help prevent bleeding and optimize the circulatory system. Gotu kola helps stimulate blood circulation, helps increase oxygenation in the body parts and vital organs, thereby helping these organs and internal organs work efficiently.
Since ancient times, people have used gotu kola as a mild diuretic. Therefore, gotu kola can stimulate the body to excrete toxins, salt, water and even excess fat in the body through urine. This body cleansing process helps to relieve pressure on the kidneys and generally helps to remove toxins quickly while keeping the body healthy and fluid in balance.