Centella asiatica


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gutu kola

A low-lying plant, the leaves and stalk of which contain asiaticosides, triterpene acid, glycoside, tannin and volatile oil.
 
Ayurvedic medicine
Gutu kola is used in India to treat gastrointestinal complaints, psoriasis, leprosy, tuberculosis and STIs.
 
Chinese medicine
A Chinese herb said to promote longevity and alleged to be responsible for Lee Ching-yuen’s (a Chinese herbalist) 256-year lifespan. In Chinese medicine, gutu kola is antipyretic, diuretic and tonic for the immune and nervous systems; it is used for convulsions, hair loss, recuperation from trauma, premature ageing, memory loss, learning impairment, mental disorders, STIs and seizures.

Herbal medicine
In Western herbal medicine, gutu kola is used internally for oedema and poor circulation in legs, and topically for burns, cuts, eczema and psoriasis.
 
Toxicity 
Gutu kola is poisonous; its use is restricted, as large doses may cause vertigo and coma, and it should not be used in pregnancy, when breast-feeding or in young children.

Centella asiatica

(sen-tel'a a?s(h)e-at'i-ka, ?z(h)e-)
A low-lying herb native to India and East Asia. It is used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine as a sedative, an antiasthmatic, a treatment for liver and skin diseases, and a promoter of longevity. Synonym: coinwort; Synonym: gotu kola
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Apoptosis induction of Centella asiatica on human breast cancer cells.
The plant Centella asiatica contains huge amount of AA and its alcoholic extracts in humans predicts a detectable concentration of AA in plasma.
As part of the screening process to locate plants with antihyperglycemic properties, this study was conducted to evaluate the antihyperglycemic potential of methanol extract of leaves of Brassica oleracea, Centella asiatica, and Zizyphus mauritiana in oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT) in glucose-overloaded mice.
Centella asiatica, commonly known as gotu kola, is an Ayurvedic herb with long standing traditional use in treatment of fevers, bacterial infections, venous insufficiency, mental disorders and skin diseases.
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The most common are ginseng, paeonia, pomegranate, white tea, Centella asiatica, Radix Astragali, Angelica root, Rhodiola, Saus-sureainvolucrate and.
Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpenoid derivative of Centella asiatica, has shown significant biological effects of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Centella asiatica is an example where a combination of two parts from the same plant, namely, leaves and roots were administered for treatment of common cold and dysentery.
a) Centella asiatica as a cream has no effect on cellulite.
Badmaev, other botanicals used in cosmeceuricals include grape seed, bilberry, acerola, baobab, turmeric, ginkgo biloba, white and green tea, red clover, soy, tomato, comfrey, papaya, rosemary, wheat, evening primrose oil, sweet potatoes, carrots, olives, flax, aloe vera, coffee plant, Centella asiatica, avocado and passion fruit.
A randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, half-side comparison with a herbal ointment containing Mahonia aquifolium, Viola tricolor and Centella asiatica for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis.