Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) 7cm pot and floating ring
Common Name: Gotu Kola
Latin Name: Centella asiatica
Position: Part shade to Full Sun. Gotu Kola benefits from some shade from the hot Australian afternoon sun.
Cover: The plant is low growing sending out roots at nodes to form dense mats when grown in the floating ring
Depth: Max depth 3cm
Gotu Kola Centella Asiatica, is a herbaceous plant that is revered for its medicinal properties and has a rich history in traditional Asian medicine. This low-growing perennial plant is native to the wetlands of Asia, particularly in regions such as India, China, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia.
Gotu Kola has round, kidney-shaped leaves that are often fan-shaped and have a smooth texture. The plant is low-growing sending out roots at nodes to form dense mats. Gotu Kola has been used for centuries for its potential health benefits. It is believed to possess adaptogenic properties, helping the body adapt to stress and promoting overall well-being. Additionally, Gotu Kola is renowned for its potential cognitive benefits, with some cultures considering it a "brain tonic" that enhances memory and concentration.
The active compounds in Gotu Kola include triterpenoid saponins, asiaticoside, asiatic acid, and madecassic acid may have therapeutic effects. The plant may assist with various health issues, including wound healing, skin conditions, and circulatory disorders.
Gotu Kola leaves are sometimes used in salads or consumed as a leafy green vegetable. The taste is generally mild, with a hint of bitterness.
It's important to note that while Gotu Kola has a long history of use in traditional medicine, individuals should exercise caution and consult with healthcare professionals before incorporating it into their routine, especially if they have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications. As with any herbal remedy, the dosage and safety considerations should be carefully evaluated.
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