Information on Gotu Kola

Latin NameCentella asiatica
Other NamesIndian pennywort
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture (from fresh plant), capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsNervous system, Integumentary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA creeping, spreading herbaceous perennial from the parsley family with round leaves and trailing stems.
DescriptionGotu kola is an ancient Ayurvedic herb which has traditionally been used to improve memory and mental vigor, support mental functions and the nervous system, and act as an adaptogen. Externally, extracts of the herb are added to preparations to speed the healing of burns, wounds, and eczema and other skin conditions. It also has some application in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for hypothyroidism. This herb should be used fresh as the dried herb rapidly loses its potency.

Gotu Kola has a taste of BITTER, SWEET, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion2-3 cups 2-3 x daily
Tincture2 drpfl 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Gotu Kola

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Alzheimer'smemory enhancertincture, capsule, tea
Thyroid, hypohormone, nervous system regulatortincture of fresh plant
Memory, poormental tonictincture, tea, capsule


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