Pegged as the “herb of longevity,” Gotu Kola is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine. Practitioners claim the medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health — and some studies seem to agree.
Gotu Kola Benefits
- Boost Cognitive Function
- Improve Memory and Learning
- May help treat Alzheimer's Disease
- Enhance Nerce Function
- Help Reduce Anxiety and Stress
- Act as an Antidepressant
- Improve Circulation and Reduce Swelling
- Ease Insomnia
- Promote Wound Healing and Minimize Scarring
- May help Relieve Joint Pain
- May have a Detox Effects
- Supports Mood
- Neutralize the damaged of Free Radicals
Gotu Kola is native to India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and China. Gotu Kola’s active constituents include the triterpenoids Asiatic acid and madecassic acid. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today, the aerial parts of the plant are valued for their cognitive benefits.
The other active constituents of Gotu Kola are the other triterpene acids asiaticoside A (madecassoside) and asiaticoside B. Flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol, and flavone derivatives such as stigmasterol, sesquiterpenes, sitosterol, and isothankuniside are contained in the leaves. Essential oils and nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, beta-carotene, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C, and niacin are also present in the plant leaves. Gotu Kola contains a high concentration of tannins at approximately 20-25% of its composition.
The triterpene asiaticoside promotes anti-inflammatory activities by inhibiting the inflammatory response induced by lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and stimulates the synthesis of collagen. Animal research suggests that Gotu Kola’s unique saponins may promote neural growth. Gotu Kola’s ability to promote healthy circulation and relieve symptoms of venous insufficiency is due to its saponins which inhibit the enzyme's hyaluronidase and elastase. These enzymes breakdown the collagen and elastin matrix outside cells and leads to fluid leakage through the cell wall, resulting in fluid accumulation and swelling, or edema.
Gotu Kola Dosage
Organic Gotu Kola Capsules provide 400 mg per 1 capsule.
Suggested use for adults is 1-2 capsules by mouth daily for best results, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Gotu Kola Side Effects and Toxicity
Gotu Kola is usually well tolerated. Side effects may include gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritation and nausea. There have been cases of liver toxicity linked to Gotu Kola, but it is unclear if the toxicity was from contaminants in the product which was believed to have caused the toxicity.
If you are taking any medications, herbs, or supplements, please consult with your healthcare practitioner before beginning supplementation with Gotu Kola.
DO NOT use if you have liver disease.