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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Centella asiatica was used by the Tudu healer for treatment of dysentery and stomach pain; use of this plant in bowel complaints has been reviewed (Tiwari et al.
The herb, Centella asiatica, a perennial creeper growing abundantly in moist areas and distributed widely in tropical and subtropical countries, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate symptoms of wound, ulcer, arthritis, depression and anxiety (Brinkhaus et al.
10 species: Centella asiatica, Celastrus paniculatus, Convolvulus pluricaulis, Asparagus racemosus, Acorus calamus, Embelia ribes, Tinospora cordifolia, Achyrantes aspera, Terminalia chebula, Saussurea lappa.
Centella asiatica was used alone by Kaviraj 2 for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea, dysentery, and stomach pain but Kaviraj 1 used the same plant in combination with Paederia foetida and Allium sativum for treatment of chronic diarrhea.
Quantitative determination of triterpenes in extracts and phytopreparations of Centella asiatica (L.
Some earlier clinical reports demonstrate the antidepressive and sedative effects of Centella asiatica (CA) powder and extracts as well as their ability to improve venous insufficiency.
Centella asiatica (L) Urban (Apiaceae) is a slender creeping plant native to countries like India, Srilanka, Madagascar, South Africa and Malasia (Kartnig, 1988).
For example, Indena offers olive-fruit-based options for sun protection and grape seed and Centella asiatica extracts for skin elasticity.
This study showed a standardized extract from the French maritime pine combined with an extract of the Centella asiatica plant stabilized soft plaques, boosting the odds that they will stay put and not suddenly rupture.
Production of asiaticoside and madecassocide in Centella asiatica in vitro and in vivo.
The medicinal plants that can be made into powder are as follows: Piper nigrum, Aerva lanata, Centella asiatica, Millettia pinnata, Boerhavia diffusa, Phyllanthus emblica, Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula, and Nymphaea alba.