Gotu Kola Benefits, Facts, and Side Effects

 

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Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola Gotu Kola is native to boggy and tropical areas of Madagascar, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, India, and Eastern Europe. Compounds with medicinal value are found in the leaves and roots of the plant.

Gotu kola has been used historically in Indonesia, China, and India to treat problems such as stomach ulcers, epilepsy, asthma, diarrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, fever, and mental fatigue.

Recently, gotu kola has been used to treat problems involving tissue swelling including rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, anklylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), and psoriatic arthritis (arthritis occurring in conjunction with psoriasis).

New uses for gotu kola may include treating venous insufficiency, easing anxiety, lowering blood pressure, speeding injury healing, and increasing intelligence and memory.

Dosage and Administration

Gotu kola can be taken as a tincture where 2-4 teaspoons can be taken up to twice daily. In a fluid extract, ½-1 teaspoon can be taken up to twice daily. Three cups of tea with dried gotu kola leaf can be taken daily. Add 1-2 teaspoons to 2/3 cup of boiling water. Let tea sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

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