Gotu kola is a relaxant herb with a long history as a natural remedy for conditions affecting body and brain.
Gotu kola has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia, particularly for healing wounds, improving mental function and treating the symptoms of leprosy. It even has a reputation for promoting longevity.
Gotu kola has been shown to:
increase the strength of the dermis and increased keratinisation (healing) of the epidermis of the skin
stimulate blood vessel growth into connective tissue
increase antioxidant and collagen concentration in wounds and stimulate wound healing
enhance production of mucin, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate, all required for connective tissue, skin, hair, nail and joint repair and growth
exhibit anti-anxiety activity and enhance mental function
have anti-inflammatory activity
Historically, gotu kola has been used for chronic skin conditions (including psoriasis and leprosy), abscesses, syphilis, hepatitis, gastric ulcers, rheumatism, mental fatigue, epilepsy, diarrhoea, fever, and asthma.
Modern research use particularly applies gotu kola to;
Connective tissue disorders - including wounds, burns, scleroderma, psoriasis
Joint disease - including psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Blood vessel disorders, especially venous insufficiency (varicose veins, varicose ulcers, leg oedema)
Mental health - as an aid for mental fatigue and learning, and to reduce anxiety and insomnia. Potential applications include Alzheimer dementia.
Its main active ingredients are compounds known as triterpenes that increase strength and volume of collagen, an important building block of skin.
Gotu kola is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, insecticidal, and antifungal — all beneficial properties for the health of your skin.
These properties make topical application useful for minor wound healing, burns, psoriasis, stretch marks, scars, cellulite, and scleroderma.
But the proven benefits of gotu kola are more than skin deep.
Gotu kola is used as a brain tonic in Ayurvedic medicine and offers many neuroprotective and mental health benefits.
Gotu Kola Stimulates Growth of New Brain Cells
Gotu kola activates the release of
brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that acts like fertilizer for your brain encouraging new brain cell formation.
It takes a few weeks for gotu kola’s effects to kick in and it seems to work by encouraging dendrite branching, increasing brain plasticity and communication between brain cells.
Gotu kola also increases nerve growth factor which stimulates the growth of new nerve cells and safeguards existing ones.
Gotu Kola Protects the Brain from Toxins and Oxidative Stress
Gotu kola protects your brain from damage incurred by the assaults of everyday life.
So far, it protects the brain from neurotoxins like lead, arsenic, aluminum and monosodium glutamate , a ubiquitous food additive that causes brain fog, migraines and mood swings.
Another way gotu kola protects the brain is by reducing the effects of free radicals.
Gotu Kola Can Improve Your Mood
If you are one of the millions of people coping with stress, anxiety, or depression, gotu kola can help.
Gotu kola has an anti-anxiety effect in chronically and
In human studies, gotu kola has increased calmness, contentedness and alertness by 100% and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression by 50%.
It has been shown to lower symptoms of anxiety and stress in persons with generalized anxiety disorder.
It significantly reduces the startle response caused by sudden noises within 30-60 minutes after ingestion.
Since the acoustic startle response is a reliable way to tell if someone is anxious, this is another indicator that this herbal remedy could be useful for treating anxiety.
Gotu Kola Will Help You Sleep
Getting adequate sleep is one of the best things you can do for your brain.
Even one bad night of sleep can leave you unable to concentrate and in a brain fog the following day.
Insomnia is a common modern malady but the usual solution, sleeping pills, is a terrible idea since they rob you of restorative sleep and can cause significant memory loss.
Gotu kola has safely been used as a natural sleep aid for thousands of years.
Traditionally, gotu kola tea is sweetened with a little honey as an Ayurvedic remedy for insomnia.
Gotu Kola Improves Memory and May Help with Alzheimer’s
Gotu kola can enhance mood and cognition in both healthy seniors and those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s patients have significantly reduced levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for memory and learning.