Centella asiatica, also known as gotu kola, is an annual herb native to India, Australia and Asia. Its leaves are eaten as a vegetable and it is also an important herb in the traditional medicine systems of those places. Research has revealed support for several of Centella asiatica’s purported health benefits. Consult your doctor for guidance in the safe and appropriate use of Centella asiatica.
Centella asiatica contains vitamins A, B, C, and D, together with a range of minerals, including zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, silica, and selenium. It also contains chemicals known as triterpenoids that stimulate the production of collagen in the body. Flavinoids and amino acids are also found in centella asiatica.
Centella asiatica has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and minor burns. Centella asiatica is able to heal wounds and burns because of its ability to increase the blood supply to the affected area, elevate the level of antioxidants in the wound, and encourage the production of fibroblasts, the cells that synthesize collagen. Its collagen-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties mean that centella asiatica can diminish the appearance of stretch marks and keloid scars.Centella asiatica may help reduce swelling and improve circulation in individuals with venous conditions such as varicose veins and venous insufficiency, a condition that causes blood to pool in the legs.