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Gotu Kola Centella Asiatica Live Herb Plant

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This is for a 4" pot of a root established Gotu Kola live plant.

Gotu Kola

About 20 species of low-growing perennials are included in this genus, which occurs in most parts of the tropics. Best known is C. asiatica (gotu kola), which resembles the related European marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle vulgaris) in appearance. It is a variable species, thriving mainly in wet places along the margins of ponds and lakes, and in paddy fields. Centella asiatica is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. In recent years it has become popular worldwide and is now among the top 25 best-selling herbs in the USA. Known as brahmi, "bringing knowledgeof Brahman [Supreme Reality]", it has long been used medicinally and to aid meditation in India. Traditionally used in both India and Africa for leprosy, hypertension, and cancer in Mauritius, and for fever and respiratory disease in China, it entered French pharmacopaiea via Madagascar. In China, "long-life tea" made from the leaves was taken regularly by Professor Li Chung Yon, who apparently reached the age of 265 and married 24 times. Recent research has shown that C. asiatica contains substances taht increase collagen production, speed healing and reduce scarring, improve circulation (in skin and lower limbs especially), and improve performance in those suffering from learning difficulties and mental confusion. In SE Asia several varieties of C. asiatica are recognized, including one with bright green, frilly leaves, preferred for salads.

Gotu Kola is a creeping plant that grows in hot, swampy areas of the world, such as India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. It produces fan-shaped leaves that look something like old British penny, thus its common name, pennywort. Used for centuries by Ayurvedic healers, gotu kola contains triterpenes, which are believed to encourage the production of collagen in blood vessel walls, strengthen the veins, improve blood circulation in the legs, and accelerate the healing of burns and wounds.

Creeping evergreen perennial, rooting at nodes, with clusters of kidney-shaped leaves, up to 5cm (2in) across, with indented margins. Tiny, pink flower are borned beneath the foliage in summer.

Common Name:

Gotu Kola
Other Names:

Hydrocotyle, Indian pennywort, Marsh Penny, pegaga, White Rot
Botanical Name:

Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica
Genus:

Centella
Family:

Apiaceae
Cultivation:

Moist to wet, rich, sandy soil in sun or light shade. In temperate regions, C. asiatica is easily grown n containers under cover. It may lose its leaves in low temperatures but quickly re-sprouts in spring.
Native Location:

Pantropical
Propagation:

By seed sown in spring; by separation of runners with at least one node during the growing season.
Harvest:

Whole plants or leaves are gathered at any time and used fresh or dried for infusions, milk decoctions, powder, medicated ghee, or medicated oil.
Height:

15-20cm (6-8in)
Width:

Indefinite
Hardiness:

Z7-10
Parts Used:

Whole plant, leaves, stem
Properties:

A rejuvenating, diuretic herb that clear toxins, reduces inflammation and fever, boosts healing and immunity, and has a balancing effect on the nervous system. It increases production of peripheral blood vessels and connective tissue, thus improving circulation and helping to retain or restore elasticity of the skin.
Medicinal Uses:

Internally for wounds, chronic skin conditions (including leprosy), venereal disease, malaria, varicose veins and ulcers, thread veins, night cramps, nervous disorders, mental retardation, and senility. Excess causes headaches and transient unconsciousness, or may interfere with hypoglycemic therapy. It may also increase serum-cholesterol levels. Gotu kola is contraindicated in pregnancy and epilepsy. Externally for wounds (especially after surgery or burns), ulcers, eczema, hemorrhoids, and rheumatic joints.
To treat depression, rheumatism, skin diseases, poor circulation, scabies, and poorly healing wounds.
Typical Dose:

A typical dose of gotu kola is approximately 0.3 to 0.6 gm of dried leaves.
Possible Side Effects:

When used internally, gotu kola's side effects include sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, and infertility. When used externally, gotu kola may cause skin irritation.
Drug Interactions: 
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Asking Price: $12.95 (Fixed) US Dollars
Quantity: 4
Location: United States Bunnell, FL [United States]
Refund Policy: Full refund if returned within 5 days.
Date Posted: more than 1 month ago



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