Daily Dose of Gotu Kola: 60-180mg
Gotu Kola, or Centella asiatica, is a swamp plant of which the parts of the plant that are above the ground are used to make medicine. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Ayurvedic Medicine in India. Gotu Kola was a widely used medicine in China in 1700 AD to treat fevers and respiratory infections. In modern times, it is used to treat varicose veins and cellulitis. Preliminary research has found Gotu Kola to be effective in improving blood flow to the legs and in helping reduce leg swelling. Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which the legs swell up because of varicose veins and poor circulation. Individuals who had chronic venous insufficiency participated in this study and in the end the herb proved to be more effective than the placebo. Other uses of Gotu Kola include for bacterial, viral, and parasitic infection treatment. It has been used to treat urinary tract infection, leprosy, cholera, the flu, tuberculosis, and even the common cold.
Gotu Kola has also been used to treat anxiety, fatigue, depression, Alzheimer’s, and even improve intelligence because of its triterpenoids. Triterpenoids are part of the group of saponin compounds which are the active ingredients of Gotu Kola. It contains a number of nutrients including beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Gotu Kola even has vitamins C, B-1, B-2, and B-3. Though it can be taken as a supplement in capsules for therapeutic purposes, extracts and powders are also available and it is sometimes an ingredient in eye drops. It is also available in ointment form to be used topically to help heal wounds and minor burns. Topical use may also help strengthen the skin and increase blood flow to it while treating acne and psoriasis. The recommended dosage for treating poor blood circulation to the legs is 60-180mg a day.
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