Gotu Kola “Brain Food”
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on July 3, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is an Eastern longevity herb traditionally used as a “brain food.” It has been used for thousands of years as a revitalizing cerebral tonic for improving memory, attention span and concentration, and as a general nervous system tonic.
Centella has also been shown to help stimulate production of healthy collagen which can improve skin healing and reduce scarring. This may help explain its traditional use in India for treating skin problems including leprosy and skin ulcers.
Gotu Kola is naturally high in flavonoids, compounds that help to strengthen capillaries and reduce risk of bleeding. Flavonoids are also powerful antioxidants that protect us from free-radical damage, known to contribute to aging – perhaps another reason for its traditional use as a longevity herb.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan