A meditator’s herb, Gotu kola moves through the body easing mental fatigue, promoting clarity and concentration, and supporting the nervous system. An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, Gotu kola is said to develop the crown chakra and balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, invigorating the system to adapt effortlessly to both stress and relaxation.
Now used extensively in Western herbalism, Gotu kola is a trusted cardiovascular tonic to support vascular health. Active chemical components within the plant, like Asiaticoside and madecassosides, may help support vascular integrity.
Gotu kola is a slender, creeping plant that grows commonly in swampy areas of India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa, and the tropics of Australia. Aerial parts of the plant are used as medicine and its broad flat leaf is said to resemble the shape of the brain, similar to Gingko Biloba. Gotu kola can be eaten fresh in a salad, or it can be dried and used as tea or powder. Classified as bitter, sweet, and cooling, Gotu kola has been used to support health fluid retention, wound healing, and a healthy nervous system.
Gotu kola contains alkaloids and triterpenoids saponins which are antioxidant, support strong skin, and promote healthy circulation. Touted as a true “rejuvenator,” Gotu kola has a unique ability to protect and sustain the system from the inside out. As it moves blood so too it moves vital energy, opening up critical pathways, thereby enhancing the body’s ability to adapt to stress and in turn refocus within.
Elizabeth Willis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Medical Herbalist
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