Ingredient Highlight; Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Asiatica)
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
When it comes to dermatological issues, when the root cause is an immune disorder such as psoriasis, eczema, and possibly rosacea, certain homeopathic medicinal plants can be of great benefit to provide an immune response to help return the skin back to its normal state. Our go to in this case is homeopathic Gotu Kola (Pennywort), it stands heads and shoulders above most others to help heal skin ailments. The scientific name of this herbal plant is Hydrocotyle Asiatica or Centella Asiatica.
Recent published medical studies establish efficacy for this herb to treat dermatitis related conditions. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease caused mainly by immune imbalance. The anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of Pennywort have been demonstrated to have a positive healing effect in the treatment of AD. Collectively, the data demonstrates the pharmacological role of Pennywort is its anti-inflammatory action on the skin, which supports its action to be used as a therapeutic agent for AD. This includes eczema and psoriasis.
According to the Journal of American Academic Dermatology, selected natural therapies have been reported to promote wound healing, reduce edema or purpura, and provide anti-inflammatory effects. Because of high rates of use of natural medicines amongst the global populations, more and more doctors and health practitioners are familiarizing themselves with their common uses, potential benefits, and complications.