Do I need Gotu Kola herbal supplement?

Gotu Kola has a long tradition of use in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine and for good gotu-kola-herbreason.  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 gotu-kolaspeed 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.

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Fulvium – Fulvic and Humic Acid Complex


Finally, here is a natural supplement that has broad benefits, no side effects and results in health and well-being that can be appreciated by anyone in the first few days of use.

What is Fulvium? 

Fulvium is a liquid formulation that is unique to Western Herbal and Nutrition. We have achieved a product that is all-natural, no additives (except water), and has taken nature approximately 30 million years to create. We have combined soluble Fulvic acid and soluble Humic acid in a 60% to 40% ratio. There are no equivalent natural products on the market today that can deliver so many health benefits in a single product.

Fulvic and Humic substances are often called the “Missing Link” to optimum health and nutrition. Fulvium is a safe and powerful health booster that provides amazing benefits on many levels; we refer to it as 3-D nutrition. Only recently has science really discovered this essential nutrient that contains 72 naturally occurring minerals, trace minerals and trace elements, 18 amino acids, fulvic acids, humic acids and other naturally occurring organic acids. Derived from a rare mineral deposit called E-lite, considered to be nature’s most bio-ionically transferable minerals.

What is Fulmic and Humic Acid?fulvium

Humic acid is formed through the decay of plant, and animal matter. Most soil contains tiny amounts of this valuable substance. While fertilizer helps to bring nutrients to plant life, small amounts of Humic components in the soil work to make this nutrition more available to plants at all levels. All plant life contains Humic substances. Concentrated deposits of Humic acid are formed over millions of years, and can be found and are mined at various places around the world.

Quality and concentration of these natural deposits can vary, but our research has led us to one of the few sources that meet our standards or purity and quality. Concentrated Humic acid deposits are the work of Mother Nature and time. It is estimated that it takes 3 tons of plant and living matter to create just one quart of Humic material. Once cleaned and separated from impurities, it is literally a concentrated and condensed life essence!!

Potential Benefits

Immune Support
Fulvium supercharges your immune system and imparts a strong ‘alkalizing influence” on the body. This can help increase resistance to colds and infections. **

Cleanse and Detoxify
Fulvium restores the body to its optimal potential by cleansing the body of pathogens, parasites, viruses and other toxins. **

Anti-Aging Effects
Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), Fulvium may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to inflammation and cellular oxidative damage. In fact, the fulvic and humic acids are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants. **

Thyroid Support
Promotes exceptional health of the thymus gland and may help balance the thyroid system by stabilizing the immune system. **

Energy Boost
Due its overall health benefits, taking Fulvium can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion by improving blood circulation and oxygenation at the cellular level. Feel better and more alert. **


Additional Benefits

  • Fulvic acid is a powerful chelating agent. Meaning, it helps to effectively remove metallic minerals from the body by turning them into readily absorbable bio-available forms. (1)
  • Enhances nutrients and makes them more available for use by the body and especially at a cellular level. (2)
  • Fulvic and Humic substances are some of the most powerful natural free radical scavengers and antioxidants known. (3)
  • Fulvic acids dissolve and transport vitamins, coenzymes, auxins, hormones, and natural antioxidants (4)
  • Enhances cell division and elongation by stimulating and balancing cells, creating optimum growth and conditions for replication. (5)
  • Improves permeability of cell membranes by acting as sensitizing agents to enhance permeability of the cell membrane. (6)
  • Increases the metabolism of proteins, RNA, and DNA. (7)
  • Fulvic acid has the power to chelate and form stable water soluble complexes with monovalent, divalent, trivalent, and polyvalent metal ions. It can aid the actual movement of metal ions that are normally difficult to mobilize or transport. (8)

Links related


1. Dissolves metals and minerals – Ong, H.L., Swanson, V.D., & Bisque, R.E. (1970) Natural organic acids as agents of chemical weathering (130-170). U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 700 c. Washngton, DC: U.S. Geological Survey.
2. Enhance and transport nutrients – Christman, R.F., & Gjessing, E.T. (1983). Aquatic and terrestrial humic materials. The Butterworth Grove, Kent, England: Ann Arbor Science. Also: Prakash, A. (1971). Terrigenous organic matter and coastal phytoplankton fertility. In J.D. Costlow (Ed), Fertility of the sea, 2, 351-368. (Proceedings of an International Symposium on Fertilty of the Sea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, London, and New York: Gordon and Breach Science)
3. Free radical – Senesi, N. (1990) Analytica Chmica Acta, 232, 51-75. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.
4. Williams, S. T. (1963). Are antibiotics produced in soil? Pedobiologia, 23, 427-435.
5. Cell elongation – Poapst, P.A., & Schnitzer, M. (1971). Fulvic acid and adventitious root formation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 3, 215-219.
6. Enhance permeability of cell membranes – Christman, R.F., & Gjessing, E.T. (1983). Aquatic and terrestrial humic materials. The Butterworth Grove, Kent, England: Ann Arbor Science. Also: Prakash, A. (1971). Terrigenous organic matter and coastal phytoplankton fertility. In J.D. Costlow (Ed.), Fertility of the sea, 2, 351-368. (Proceedings of an International Symposium on Fertility of the Sea, Sao Paulo, Brazil, London, and New York: Gordon and Breach Science) low molecular weight, Aiken, G.R., McKnight, D.M., & VacCarthy, P. 1985). Humic substances of soil, sediment and water, New York: Wiley – Interscience.
7. Proteins, DNA, RNA – Khristeva, L.A., Soloche, K.I., Dynkina, R.L., Kovalenko, V.E., & Gorobaya, A.I. (1967). Influence of physiologically active substances of soil humus and fertilizers on nucleic acid metabolism, plant growth and subsequent quality of the seeds. Humus et Planta, 4, 272-276.
8. Transport metal ions – Schnitzer, M., & Khan, S.U. (1972). Humic substances in the environment New York: Decker.

Flax Seed Oil

Flax Seed Oil Benefits

This natural oil (also known as Linseed Oil) is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be one of the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.

Flax Seed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and also provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than what you could get from taking fish oil. Continue reading “Flax Seed Oil”