Gotu kola medicinal herb is rich in B vitamins and potassium

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) medicinal herb grows in India, Sri Lanka, the Islands of the Indian Ocean, and in some parts of Southern Africa. It is nature's most powerful healing agent. Also, it has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years not only in India but also in China, and Indonesia. It was used to heal wounds and improve improve mental clarity.

It is a creeping vine also found growing in tropical and subtropical climates in Africa, Asia, and Australia. This medicinal plant grows commonly in swampy areas of India.   It thrives well in damp areas and that is one of the reasons it grows so well in the swampy areas.

For hundred of years it is known in India as the longevity herb. Also in India, the leaves are used in religious rites to develop spiritual powers and to strengthen the brain cells, improve memory, physical stamina, and relieve fatigue. It is also used for senility, as a tonic and medicinal remedy.

The common names are Swamp pennywort, Asiatic Pennywort, Luei Gong Gen, Takip-kohol, Antanan, Pegagan, Marsh penny, Water pennywort, Centella asiatica as well as Arthritis Plant. 

It is referred to as Marsh penny, and Water pennywort due the fact that it has a size similar to that of the old British coin. Gotu kola also possesses a shape that many say looks like a fan.

Health benefits of gotu kola herb

It is used as a natural diuretic and because of its rich vitamin and mineral content it gives instant vitality and strength. It is widely available as a herbal supplement and as a natural mineral supplement. The powder can be sprinkled on sores and ulcers to promote healing and it is used for cellulite reduction.

It is said that both the plant and the tea will increase the vitality of an 80 year old person to that of a forty year old person. It has an energizing effect on the brain cells and can preserve it indefinitely. It is also used to treat sterility as well impotence in men.

This plant is eaten by elephants and that is why it is said that elephants never forgot, they have good memories.

It is also used to lower high blood pressure, neuritis, and rheumatism. A German scientist by the name of Baron Gogern says it will revitalize worn out bodies and brains to a remarkable degree, preventing brain fatigue and nervous breakdowns.

The people of Ceylon take it daily and they say that it keeps them young and increase their life span. That is one of the reasons it is called "The Fountain of Life" and also it is said that it extend the life of a Chinese herbalist by more than two hundred years. So if we want longevity, its best to use it.

Folk medicine and gotu kola

It is an important ayurvedic herb used historically to cure skin problems, such as psoriasis and rashes.  It is also used to treat asthma, fever, hepatitis, syphilis, diarrhea, epilepsy as well as ulcers that affect the stomach.

It is deemed as one of the most spiritual and reinvigorated medicinal plants. It is of utmost importance as mentioned before in Ayuverdic medicine due to the fact that it is used to aid and boost meditation.

Its spirituality and sacredness stems from the fact that the Indians firmly believed that it promotes the crown chakra and chakra refers to the energy center of the head. It is a legendary plant in Indonesia as well as China. Ancient tales recorded that an herbalist who resided in China lived for over 200 years after using gotu. Therefore, gotu kola has received the honor of being labeled as one of the "miracle elixirs of life."

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