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Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Definition: Grown in Java and Ceylon, gotu kola is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs utilized as a nerve tonic, a remedy for epilepsy and as a brain normalizer in conditions such as memory loss and schizophrenia. Recently, scientists have discovered its ability to treat inflammation and fever.

Applications: Age-related disorders, arteriosclerosis, circulatory problems, epilepsy, high blood pressure, infections, depression, fatigue, hypoglycemia, learning disorders, memory loss, menopause, nervous conditions, PMS, psoriasis, schizophrenia, senility, ulcerations and wounds.

Scientific Updates: Studies have indicated the gotu kola works as a tonic for fatigue without the side effects of caffeine.110 It also stimulates and builds the nervous system counteracting the effects of stress. Europeans and Asians use this herb for psoriasis, cervicitis and vaginitis.111 In India, gotu kola has enjoyed widespread use as a brain food with its therapeutic focus on improving memory and promoting longevity.

Complementary Agents: Chickweed, cascara, bilberry, dong quai, sarsaparilla, ginseng, ginkgo, capsicum, licorice, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, vitamin E, vitamin D, zinc, bee pollen and bee propolis.

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