Gotu Kola is a small, water loving perennial creeper which is thought to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, although it can be found in warm climates across the globe. Its sanskrit name is mandukparni. Its latin name is CentelIa asiatica which belongs to Apiaceae.
Effect on Doshas –
Gotu kola is a tridoshic herb, meaning that it balances all three Ayurvedic doshas – vata, pitta and kapha, though it is especially balancing for pitta.
It directly works directly with some of pitta’s subdoshas, including sadhaka pitta (Which is closely related to the intellect and intelligence) and bhrajaka pitta (located in the skin).
It can be particularly helpful for balancing mental or emotional aggravations involving both vata and pitta.
• Having Adaptogenic properties
It is one of the Ayurveda’s most beloved adaptogenic herbs, as it supports the body’s reaction to internal and external stressors. As a result of this property, it promotes energy in the daytime while supporting sound restful sleep at night.
• Opening and clarifying the mind
As a brain tonic, gotu kola strengthens memory and intellect, supporting focus and concentration while encouraging a balanced emotional state.
• Comforting and nourishing the joints
It is very supportive for the joints – clearing ama (natural toxins).
• Supporting multiple systems in the body
Gotu Kola also has a powerful affinity for the circulatory, digestive and nervous systems as well as the lymph, blood, nervous tissue and urinary tract.
• Promoting healthy hair and radiant skin
Gotu Kola has a soothing effect on the hair and scalp, and also it is said to cleanse, soften and protect the skin.
• Encourages digestive health
It encourages a healthy appetite, working to gently enkindle agni (the digestive fire) and promote overall digestive health.
Useful Part –
Formulations & Dosage –
• Powder – 2 to 3 gm
• Tablets – 125 to 250 mg
• Liquid extract – 20 to 30 ml
Side effects –
Gotu Kola is generally considered safe, though it can increase vata if used in excess. Excessive doses of gotu kola can be slightly narcotic and can cause headache, dizziness, giddiness or skin irritation.
Sometimes it can cause gastric irritation and nausea.
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