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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