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Hydrocotyle Asiatica


Known as Gotu Kola (in Sinhala language) or Asiatic pennywort, is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is native to wetlands in Asia and is, thus, found in swampy areas, marshes, and on riverbanks.  
Hydrocotyle Asiatica


Gotu kola in Sinhala language, Indian pennywort and Asiatic pennywort




Gotu kola is an adaptogen, alterative, detoxifier, relaxant nervine, diuretic, peripheral vasodilator, antibiotic, nervous system tonic, CNS relaxant, anti-rheumatic, vulnerary, venotonic, keratolytic, anti-mycobacterial, anti-inflammatory, bitter, digestive, laxative, connective tissue builder and dermatological builder.


Gotu kola has many health benefits including cognitive enhancement, anxiety reduction, wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, support for vein health, and dermatological applications.


    Hydrocotyle asiatica (Gotu kola) has many health benefits. Traditionally used in various cultures, Gotu kola is believed to enhance cognitive function, alleviate anxiety, and exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. With applications in wound healing and scar reduction, Gotu kola is thought to stimulate collagen production promoting skin health. Additionally, it is associated with supporting vein health by strengthening blood vessel walls and improving circulation.


    Gotu kola can be used in various forms to harness its potential health benefits, including being consumed in the form of a tea or infusion. Tinctures, capsules, and tablets offer convenient options for supplementation while topical applications focus on promoting skin health and wound healing. Some cultures incorporate fresh Gotu kola leaves into salads or cooked dishes, while the herb is also available in powdered form for easy integration into beverages or recipes.


    Gotu kola, (Hydrocotyle asiatica)has a long history deeply rooted in traditional medicinal practices across diverse cultures. In Ayurveda, it is known as "Mandukaparni" or "Brahmi" and has been employed for millennia to enhance cognitive function and promote overall well-being. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes it as "Ji Xue Cao," utilizing its properties to support blood circulation and treat various health issues. Similarly, in Africa, Gotukola is used in traditional medicine for conditions like leprosy and tuberculosis. Revered for its potential benefits, the herb has been utilized in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and legends surrounding elephants observed consuming Gotu Kola contribute to its cultural significance and association with longevity. 

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