Gotu-Kola has powerful abilities for normalizing and repairing the first attack point of stress – the bile duct. It stimulates mental function, including the improvement of IQ, and increases concentration and attention spans by producing more bile, which helps the digestion and utilization of nutrients. Many modern tests have shown remarkable improvements in childrenâ€™s and adultsâ€™ study groups for memory, mental concentration, and attention duration. Energetically gotu kolaâ€™s components make it especially good for releasing stored up angry feelings, and giving one the tools to cope better with anger.
Historically, Gotu Kola is considered a prime nervine tonic as it promotes both mental clarity and calm. In India where Ayurvedic medicine is practiced, Gotu Kola is used to treat insomnia, stress, nervousness, disturbed emotions, and many nervous system disorders. Some yogis use the herb to assist them in their yoga and meditation practice. India, China and other Far East countries also considered Gotu Kola a herb of longevity and a proverb of India was “two leaves a day keep old age away”.
Gotu Kola is a nerve tonic and a brain food that both increases mental activity, while also acting as a mild tranquilizer. It improves blood circulation in the brain, which is an energy enhancer of those cells and when used proactively can help avoid and treat a nervous breakdown. Gotu Kola is also useful in the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy, schizophrenia and loss of memory.
Modern science, while investigating its use in longevity and brain capacity, discovered that Gotu Kola is of great value in fever and inflammatory conditions. The most active constituents of Gotu Kola are the triterpene, saponins, asiaticoside, Brahmoside and Brahminoside. Asiaticoside, in particular, exhibits the wide range of antibiotic activity of the herb. It has been found to be in bactericidal, fungicidal, ameobacidal, insecticidal and syphlitic skin diseases.
The latest research suggests that the asiaticoside in Gotu Kola is among the most promising treatments for one of history’s devastating skin diseases, leprosy.
The volatile oils in Gotu Kola produce a diuretic and blood purifying effect by producing a purge stimulus in the kidneys. The volatile oils also contain cholesteremic steroids like Beta-sitosterol that helps lower serum cholesterol levels. Gotu Kola is also beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Areas and diseases where Gotu Kola can be beneficial:
Age Spots, Aging, Arteriosclerosis, Blisters, High Blood Pressure, Circulation to Brain, Clear Voice, Depression, Dysentery, Energy, Exhaustion, Mental and Physical Fatigue, Fever, Headaches, Strengthens Heart, Hypoglycemia, Inability to Concentrate, Insomnia, learning Problems, Leg Circulation, Leprosy, Liver, Longevity, Measles, Memory Problems, Menopause, Mental Troubles, Nervous Breakdown, Pituitary Gland, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Schizophrenia, Scrofula, Senility, Inflammatory Skin Conditions, Sore Throat, Spinal Meningitis, Stamina, Stomach Problems, Stuttering, Tonic, Tonsillitis, Ulcerations, Ulcers, Varicose Veins, Wound Healing