|The herb gotu kola rebuilds the energy reserves, and is
thought to be particularly useful after a nervous system support. Gotu Kola is sometimes
called "food for the brain".
Gotu Kola 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, though there is no real scientific support for these
This herb was first used in India, where it is part of Ayurveda, the traditional
herbal medicine. It was also mentioned in the Shennong Herbal compiled in China about two
thousand years ago. In recent years, gotu kola has become popular in the West as a nerve
tonic to promote relaxation and to enhance memory.
Indian healers used the gotu kola herb to treat skin inflammations and as a mild diuretic.
Oriental healers relied on gotu kola to treat emotional disorders such as depression that
may be rooted in physical problems. Gotu Kola has also been used to bring down fever and
to relieve congestion due to colds and upper respiratory infections.
Recent studies show that gotu kola has a positive effect on the circulatory system: It
seems to improve the flow of blood throughout the body by strengthening the veins and
capillaries. Gotu Kola therefore supports peripheral circulation, especially important in
Gotu Kola has been used traditionally for people who are inactive or confined to bed due
to illness. Proponents of the herb also believe that its beneficial effect on circulation
may help improve memory and brain function.
The gotu kola herb also has an important potential role in gynecology. Gotu Kola has been
used successfully to promote healing after episiotomy, a surgical incision of the vulva
performed to control tearing during childbirth. In fact, in one study reported in a French
medical journal in 1966, women treated with gotu kola after childbirth healed more rapidly
than those given standard treatment.