Family Name: Umbelliferae
Botanical Name(s): Centella Asiatica
Popular Name(s): Gotu Kola, Brahmi, Indian Pennywort, and
Parts Used: The entire plant is used medicinally.
Habitat: Gotu Kola is a perennial plant native to India and
other tropical countries.
Description: Its appearance changes, depending on growing
conditions. In shallow water, the plant puts forth floating roots and
the leaves rest on top of the water. In dry locations, it puts out
numerous small roots and the leaves are small and thin. Typically, the
constantly growing roots gives rise to reddish stolen.
Uses: Improves circulation in veins as well as capillaries.
Stimulates hair and nail growth. It helps provide treatment for leprosy
and skin tuberculosis. Gotu Kola stimulates the central nervous system,
rebuilds energy reserves, relieves high blood pressure and helps the
body defend against various toxins.