Gotu kola is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as the ‘herb of longevity’, it is claimed to have the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues and promote liver and kidney health. This plant contains compounds such as triterpenoid and saponins, which researchers believe may be largely responsible for the plant’s alleged health benefits.
Could boost cognitive function
There is a long history in Asian medicine of this herb being one of the best for brain function. Several studies support this theory, showing that gotu kola has a complex action on the mind by enhancing neurite-dendrite growth. One particular study compared the effects of gotu kola and folic acid on boosting cognitive function after a stroke, the results showed that although both were beneficial in improving overall cognition, gotu kola was more effective in improving the memory.
May improve circulation and reduce swelling
Gotu kola can reduce problems with fluid retention, ankle swelling and circulation related to flying longer than three hours, according to research. Researchers found that participants who took the supplement before a flight experienced significantly less fluid retention and ankle swelling than those who didn’t. Other studies suggest that gotu kola can also help treat varicose veins and venous insufficiency, saying that participants who received a gotu kola supplement twice daily for 8 weeks experienced improvements in the health of their veins.
Could act as an antidepressant
Due to its positive effect on brain function, gotu kola could also make an effective antidepressant. In a study of people with generalised anxiety disorder, participants were asked to take gotu kola in place of their usual antidepressant medication for 60 days. These participants’ reports decreased stress, anxiety and depression.
We suggest a dosage of 400mg to 1200mg of our Gotu Kola Powder per day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.