Tincture of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica ) 1:3 25%
Centella asiatica , organic grain alcohol
Daily adult dose: 4 - 8ml unless otherwise prescribed.
Generally considered safe and well tolerated with a few points of caution:
Use with professional advice during pregnancy. Use with caution alongside cholestasis.
The saponin content in Gotu Kola, whilst easily tolerated by most, may cause mild gastric irritation in coeliac disease, fat malabsorption, upper digestive irritation, deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K and irritation may occur when applied topically on open wounds.
Overdose may cause temporary headache and palpitations.
Some individuals may have an allergy to Gotu Kola.
Common name: Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort, Indian Water Navelwort
Family: Apiaceae or Umbelliferae (there is some debate)
Part used: Aerial parts
Habitat: A creeping perennial with reddish stems and kidney shaped leaves, Gotu Kola is native to India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Africa, Australia, China, and Indonesia.
Constituents: Triterpene saponins, monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenoids, flavonoids.
Actions: Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-fibrotic, depurative, nootropic, nervine, venotonic, vulnerary
Traditional and current uses:
Gotu Kola has traditionally been used for reducing fatigue, anxiety, depression, improving memory and intelligence, venous insufficiency including varicose veins, wound healing, skin complaints and increasing longevity.
It is also used for the common cold and influenza, swine flu, sunstroke, tonsillitis, pleurisy, urinary tract infection (UTI), hepatitis, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, dysentery, trauma, shingles, leprosy, cholera, syphilis, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, asthma, anemia, and diabetes.
Gotu Kola is also traditionally used for contraception, amenorrhea, elephantiasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis and as an aphrodisiac.
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