Gotu Kola: An Herb to Remember
Gotu Kola, or centella asiatica is one of the oldest herbs to be included in early medical writings. Its popularity is more pronounced in Asia; the continent where it was first discovered.
It is mentioned several times in the classical medical literature of India and China (namely, the Ayurveda and the Tao Te Ching) for its capacity to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit. In the two countries, (as well as in Japan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and even South Africa), the herb is believed to be highly useful in the practice of meditation; earning it the title, “herb of enlightenment”. But aside from its reputation as a traditional aid in the practice of deep contemplation, it is also known to help enhance memory; a feature that continues to intrigue modern science up to this day.
Gotu Kola is used for the treatment of anxiety and stress, and even mild sleep disorders. It is also known to help improve blood circulation, control blood pressure, and promote collagen production for faster wound-healing, among many others. But out of its long list of benefits, the most celebrated healing property of the herb is its ability to improve certain aspects of brain performance. Studies1 have shown that Gotu Kola promotes the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a natural enzyme that is known to be effective in stimulating the production of new brain cells. The release of BDNF is also associated with better memory. Gotu Kola’s potential to boost the brain’s capacity to retain information is so strong, in fact, that scientists continue to explore its possible contribution to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A 2008 study2 concluded that high doses of Gotu Kola may lessen memory decline for the elderly, and can even work as a natural mood booster.
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