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Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola, botanical name: Centella asiatica, is a samll annual plant which features in the longevity tradition of the Tai Chi Chuan master Li Ching-Yuen. He purportedly lived to be 247, due in part to his usage of traditional Chinese herbs including Gotu Kola.

Gotu kola is a mild adaptogen (product that is proposed to increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue), is mildly antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic (reduces the effect of ulcers), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), a cerebral tonic, a circulatory stimulant, a diuretic (increases the rate of urine production of the kidneys thereby alleviating water retention), nervine (nerve tonic) and vulnerary (remedy used in healing or treating wounds). From Winston, D., Maimes, S., Adaptogens: Herbs For Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, 2007, pp. 226-7

This herb rebuilds the energy reserves, and is useful after a nervous breakdown and to help prevent nervous breakdown. It is sometimes called “food for the brain”. It helps to combat stress, improve reflexes, and increase mental and physical power. Gotu Kola is used for high blood pressure, senility, aging, and to help the body protect itself against toxins.



This ingredient is normally used as an ingredient in the following Healthelicious products:

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