Gotu kola, beneficial properties: This precious plant is a good natural alternative both for treating many diseases and for aesthetic use. The micronutrients present in it make it a truly effective product in natural medicine.
Centella asiatica, a small perennial herbaceous plant native to India, is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world thanks to its therapeutic properties. The stem of the centella is thin, the leaves are wide and the root is beige in color. The flowers are pink and small.
Also known as "tiger grass" (tigers are said to use it to heal wounds), centella is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.
As already mentioned, this healing plant has high therapeutic and beneficial properties. The triterpene saponins that centella leaves are rich in make this plant a real elixir of long life. It has been used since ancient times to treat various pathologies or in beauty care. To benefit from its effects, it can be taken orally or used as an external treatment for massages, packs….
For internal use
In herbal medicine it is sold in the form of tablets but dried leaves are also available to prepare herbal teas. You can add it to salads, soups or smoothies.
For external use
Thanks to its healing, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial action, lotions and creams can be prepared to treat, for example, hemorrhoids, sprains, dermatitis and cellulite. According to experts, this precious plant would prove effective for those suffering from:
- phlebitis, heavy legs, varicose veins or tingling
Also according to the experts, the constant intake of this precious food would strengthen the blood vessels and lead to greater elasticity in the arterial walls. For this reason, they recommend it to treat hypertension and cholesterol.
It would also prove useful in eliminating toxins and fat cysts that form in the breast. Benefits can also be gained in the psychic sphere; it is in fact highly recommended for those suffering from anxiety or stress. It would also improve brain capacity, as it can promote concentration and increase memory.
It can also be used for:
- Treat burns and heal wounds
- Reduce wrinkles and stretch marks
- Treat canker sores
- Strengthen healthier nails and hair
- Against dandruff
- Relieve premenstrual syndrome
- Against fatigue
- Skin aging
- Promote the production of collagen
- Get rid of pimples.
- Fighting mouth infections
- Against stomatitis
- To moisturize the eyes (through compresses)
- Accelerate the healing process after an operation.
This plant also helps purify the excess of toxic or harmful substances that accumulate in the body. For this reason, it is considered a powerful natural diuretic particularly suitable for those suffering from overweight, water retention or urinary and kidney diseases.
Centella asiatica, where to buy it
To make the most of the beneficial properties of gotu kola, you can buy supplements in capsules. When buying, make sure you choose a product that is as natural as possible. Among the various products available on the market we point out the “Obire” capsules. We have recommended this product both because it is natural and because it combines the extracts of Centella with those of Ginko Biloba to improve the activities of the central nervous system. A bottle of 60 capsules, on Amazon, can be bought at a price of 8.65 euros with free shipping. For all information, please refer to the product sheet: Obire supplement.
Gotu kola, side effects
Seldom oral intake can cause moderate allergic skin reactions. External use, on the other hand, can give weak allergies only if the extract is applied directly to damaged skin. A high dosage can cause headaches. Finally, it can have a hyperglycemic effect.
It is preferable to avoid taking this product during pregnancy as it could cause the release of the uterine muscles. It is also advisable not to use centella while breastfeeding.