gotu kola


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gotu kola

/go·tu ko·la/ (go´too ko´lah) the creeping, umbelliferous plant Centella asiaticus or preparations of its leaves and stems, which are used to promote wound healing and to treat the lesions of leprosy; also widely used in ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and Asian folk medicine

gotu kola

a creeping herb found in swamps of Africa, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar.
uses It is taken systemically to treat venous insufficiency and for a variety of other reasons, including improving memory and intelligence, and it is used topically to treat chronic wounds and psoriasis. It may be effective for its topical indications and for treating venous insufficiency. There are insufficient reliable data for any of its other uses.
contraindications It should not be used during pregnancy and lactation or in children until more research is available. Those with known hypersensitivity to this herb or to members of the celery family should not use this product.

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.

gotu kola (gōˑ·tōō kōˑ·l),

n Latin name:
Centella asiatica; part used: leaves (dried), aerial parts; uses: stimulant, nerve tonic, antipyretic, leucoderma, hypertension, cancer, liver disease, abdominal maladies, bronchitis, seizure disorders, intestinal cysts, gum disease, lacerations, psoriasis, eczema, leprosy, poor memory; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; people allergic to celery; can cause rashes, photosensitivity, pruritus, elevated glucose and cholesterol levels, and sleepiness. Also called
centella, hydrocotyle, Indian pennywort, Indian water navelwort, kula kudi, mandukparni, marsh penny, talepetrako, teca, water pennywort, and
white rot.
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Gotu kola.
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