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Nature's Temple / Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola

(Centella asiatica)

Used for thousands of years in India and still to this day widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.  Has a longstanding reputation as a mental “rejuvenator”, helping concentration and memory especially in the elderly.

Active Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins (asiaticocide, bramoside, thankuniside), alkaloids (hydrocotyline), bitter principles (vellarin).

Parts Used: Fresh and dried aerial parts

Major Safety Issues:

  • Toxic in large doses and not to be used if suffering hypertension, with cardiovascular disorders or peptic ulcers.
  • Avoid during internal bleeding as it may restart haemorrhage.
  • Taken in excessive doses can cause hyperglycemia.
  • May be a reduction in female fertility.