Herbs Guide

Gotu Kola

Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Centella Asiatica

Popular Name(s): Gotu Kola, Brahmi, Indian Pennywort, and Brahma-Manduki

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.