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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It said that testing of appraisal drilling has confirmed "the Pegaga discovery in Block SK320 offshore Malaysia as a substantial gas find with significant commercial potential".
Block SK320 was awarded to Mubadala Petroleum and PETRONAS Carigali in 2010 and contains the M5 discovery, while two further discoveries were made during 2013 within Block SK320 -- Pegaga and Sintok, said Shell, Both are subject to further development studies.
Mubadala Petroleum, a unit of Abu Dhabi's investment fund Mubadala said it found substantial gas in the Pegaga well in its operating block SK320.
In addition, the current exploration drilling campaign in Block SK320 has yielded two new gas discoveries, Pegaga and Sintok, to add to the existing M5 discovery.