Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is a traditional medicine of many cultures. Gotu Kola is used for the above ground parts, the fresh and dried leaves, and stem. Gotu Kola can be found in the swampy tropics and subtropic areas of the world.
Gotu Kola contains saponin-containing triterpene acids and their sugar esters, such as asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside, asiaticoside A, and astiaticoside B. Gotu Kola is also made up of essential oils, flavonoids, flavone derivatives (quercetin and kaempferol), sesquiterpenes, stigmasterol, sitosterol, and isothankuniside.
Gotu Kola is a remedy for poor circulation in the veins. Traditional uses of Gotu kola also include memory, asthma, broncitis, insomnia, eye conditions, exhaustion, inflammation, high blood pressure, diarrhea, and the muscle and joints.
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Cautions Orally, Gotu kola is well tolerated in the recommended amounts. Rare reports of gastrointestinal upset and nausea have been made.