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Gotu Kola: Where to Find it and How to Use it

Gotu Kola is a very interesting herb also known as Indian Pennywort. I think all herbs and plants have some sort of magical powers but this one right here is something more powerful than many others.  Click here for Gotu Kola Herbal Capsules. Its detoxifying properties have an immense amount of benefits. Gotu Kola is native to Asia and the South Pacific, but it may also be found in your backyard or local areas. I took the picture above in United States, New York during the fall. Gotu Kola normally thrives in warmer areas, where rain can be abundant. In Bali, they have given this herb the name "the student herb" and you will see why below:


Health Benefits for the Body

Benefits to the body may include:

  • Blood circulation

  • Ease coughing

  • Reduce respiratory issues

  • Boosting immune system

  • Blood pressure regulation

  • Decreasing swelling

  • Reducing the risk of a stroke, heart disease, and circulatory issues.

  • Improve blood flow

  • Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Combatting stomach ulcer

  • Reduce swelling in varicose veins




Health Benefits for Skin

Benefits to the skin may provide:

  • Eczema relief

  • Anti-wrinkle benefits

  • Collagen increase

  • Reduction in cellulite

  • Reduction in stretch marks, scars, and burns

  • Wound healing


Health Benefits for the Brain

The promotion of brain health may include:

  • Increase in cognitive function

  • Enhance memory

  • Reduce brain fog

  • Protection from toxins

  • Calmness and stress reduction

  • Boosts immune system

  • Mental alertness

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Increase in nerve function

  • Increasing growth in brain cells

  • Antiviral, nervine

  • Protecting the brain from lead, aluminum, and MSG

Studies have shown that gotu kola can "improve cognitive function after a stroke", improve memory and slow thinking particularly in elders, and potentially assist in treating Alzheimer's.


Health Benefits for Illnesses

"Historically, gotu kola has been used to inhibit herpes, syphilis, hepatitis due to its antiviral properties." Many auto-immune diseases affect the gut; gotu kola has neuroprotective and anti- ulcer properties which may protect and relieve the stomach lining from any damage as well as many other gut issues.



Who Should Avoid

If you take any sedative medication, it is recommended to avoid gotu kola, as it may cause breathing problems and/or too much sedation/sleep.


Risks and Side Effects

If improperly taken, risks may include:

  • Liver problems leading to signs of dark urine, loss of appetite, jaundice, and more.

  • Allergic skin reactions

  • Nausea

  • Upset stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

These side effects may occur in high doses of gotu kola.


Dosage

Capsule form: Take 1-2 capsules daily with a meal. Click here for Gotu Kola Herbal Capsules


Tincture: Take 30-60 drops 3 times a day (1.5ml-3ml)


Dried or Fresh Leaves: Take 600mg of dried leaves in a form of tea, 3 times daily or 1-2 grams daily


It is recommended to take gotu kola for up to 4-6 weeks with 2-4 week breaks in between. Consult your doctor before use.


Uses

  • Tea or soup

  • Topical skin use (Gotu kola salves) for eczema, psoriasis, minor burns, scars, and stretch marks

  • Smoothie blend

  • Salad ingredient

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