Gotu Kola has a long tradition of use in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine and for good reason. It brings so many benefits on so many different levels; many herbalists consider it to be an Adaptogen. This pertains to a unique and small class of herbs that seem to help so many bodily functions but seemingly go to the parts of the body where they are needed most first. While this is not really likely, and herbs are not ‘smart,’ Gotu Kola does have some magical qualities. I can tell you with surety; Gotu Kola is just such an herb. There are no downsides, and I believe young or old, healthy or health-impaired can appreciate improvement in general feelings of well-being, or pronounced reversal of many health challenges in a short amount of time.
What should be trending regarding herbal supplements?
We live in an age and society that tends to focus on ‘in vogue.’ What is trending now? You can be watching your favorite show, yet be drawn to the latest advertising for the latest weight loss supplement that appears on your TV some 4-5 times during commercial breaks. The natural supplement industry is not necessarily immune from these trends in our society. New, is not always better. When it comes to herbs, herbal combinations and formulas, we at Western Herbal and Nutrition may well be considered traditionalists as it applies to the use of herbal remedies. Just because something is ‘new,’ does not immediately translate into more effective. At Western Herbal, tried and true herbal remedies or formulas focused on traditional herbs in combination with cutting edge ingredients, has contributed to the success of our product line. That focus will likely never change. The popularity of Gotu Kola has waned in the last 20 years or so. Gotu Kola is deserving of a permanent recognition in the natural supplements ‘hall of fame’ as a superior herbal remedy.
Gotu Kola delivers many health benefits
Gotu Kola has many culinary uses in Asia and Africa for soups, salads, and even beverages. Gotu Kola is a concentrated source of saponins. Saponins have a detergent-like quality when mixed with water. Cholesterol and arterial plaque may be reduced with the benefit of improved circulation. Topically, the leaves of Gotu Kola have been used to increase the speed of wound healing. It achieves this benefit by stimulating blood flow, while protecting against infections. Because this herb can help heal tissue on a cellular level, it has been used to improve appearance of scars and blemishes through inherent antioxidant activity. The numerous benefits may exactly lie with this herb’s ability to improve circulation to all parts of the body, especially the brain. In fact, one of the often touted greatest benefits is with Gotu Kola’s enhancement of cognitive function. It is said to improve neural pathways, and by also reducing arterial plaque in the brain tissue, better mental alertness seems to follow. Perhaps this is also why Gotu Kola is recognized widely as promoting longevity. By combing use of Gotu Kola daily with Turmeric Root, risk of Alzheimer’s disease may be reduced. In addition, the strong anti-inflammatory attributes of both herbs may deliver significant protection to the brain and the destructive ravages of free-radicals.
More Benefits with Gotu Kola
In addition to improving circulation by reducing plaque in the arteries, Gotu Kola actually strengthens blood vessels. This brings health to skin and other organs through better oxygenation of tissue. Though not fully understood, this herb seems to help with anxiety issues by reducing frequency of anxiety attacks and improving mood. Some herbalists consider Gotu Kola to be ‘food for the brain.’ It seems this amazing herb also plays a role in detoxification of the body, and is considered a mild diuretic. Excess of toxins, fat, and salts may be secreted from the body through urination. This may have the effect of improving kidney function and kidney stress, and may even help reduce symptoms of enlarged prostate in men. Chinese medicine holds that optimum kidney function is critical to proper energy levels and fluid balances. Through this action, Gotu Kola may help decrease the risk of congestive heart failure, and help to normalize blood pressure. Protection from strokes may be an added benefit. Gotu Kola seems to have a calming effect on the nervous system and in so doing can reduce stress, promote better sleep, and help those with nervous disorders. Lastly, Gotu Kola seems to improve sex drive in both men and women. Taking Gotu Kola with the herb Damiana may strengthen the libido, especially in women. I would recommend to any adult regular use of Gotu Kola. Many people are amazed at how quickly their mood improves while realizing increased feelings of well-being.