Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia. Its ability to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis were important reasons for its extensive use in these countries.
In Ayurveda, Gotu kola herb is one of the chief herbs for revitalizing the nerves and brain cells; hence primarily known as a brain food in India. It has also been called one of the “miracle elixirs of life” because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of using the herb.
The east Indians called this herb Brahmi, after the God Brahma, in honor of his qualities. Traditionally, gotu kola is one of the great herbs of Ayurveda used in the treatment mindbody and insanity. Gotu kola is known as a longevity herb and is used widely in India as part of their traditional medicine ayurveda.
Gotu kola has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa in Ontario found gotu kola effective in reducing the startle response often associated with anxiety. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 40 individuals found that gotu kola significantly reduced the startle response to sudden loud noises. The study’s authors concluded that gotu kola had considerable therapeutic benefits in the treatments of anxiety.
Many people use Gotu kola as part of a daily diet, and it plays a certain role in maintaining their health, vitality and wellbeing.