Hydrocotyle Information

Gotu Kola, Hydrocotyle

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Most Common Name:Hydrocotyle
Botanical Name:Centella Asiatica
Also Known As (other names):Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort, Marsh Penny, White Rot, Sheep rot, Water Pennywort

Indigenous to Asia and Southern Africa it was originally believed that this small creeper was the reason why elephants lived as long as they do. In Sri Lanka the leaves were taken to promote longevity. This herb has been widely used by Ayurvedic physicians to promote longevity and skin diseases.

Today it is mostly used for the treatment of wounds, other skin diseases and inflammations.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

LeprosyWoundsRheumatism
DiureticFeverInflammation
HeadachesPsoriasisVaricose veins

 

Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.

Asiaticoside: Aids in the healing of wounds, accelerates healing of burns and minimises scarring

Madecassiocide: Anti-inflammatory properties

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

Triterpenes: Phytosterols. Essential components of the cell membrane, Phytosterols have a beneficial influence in the inhibition of tumour growth and help regulate cholesterol in the blood by stimulating thyroid function.

Saponins: Wound healing, anti-scarring. Saponins occur as glycosides with aglycone structures that are steroidal or terpenoid. Saponins can cause the destruction of red blood cells if injected causing anaemia or worse. Ingested saponins are poorly absorbed in the digestive system reducing the risk of poisoning but care must be taken on dosage as Saponins are mucus membrane irritants.

Many herbs containing saponins have been identified as "adaptogens" also referred to as harmony remedies (see: The Root of being: Ginseng and the Pharmacology of Harmony - Stephen Fulder 1980). Instead of being purely remedial herbs these adaptogens improves and energizes vitality and resistance thereby keeping ailments at bay. It is claimed that these adaptogens can improve mental functions like learning speed, awareness and alertness as well as help with emotional and intellectual stress. As a tonic they will also reduce the risk of infections by stimulating the immune system.

Saponins are also expectorant, anti-inflammatory, hepaprotective, combats cholesterol build up and antifungal.

Volatile oil

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

   
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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Administered as/Available in:

OintmentInfusionCompress
Powdered leafDecoction 

 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

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