3 Health Benefits Of Using Gotu Kola

By: Pinki Sat, 14 Mar 2020 4:38:31

3 Health Benefits of Using Gotu Kola

Gotu kola is a very important herb that has wonderful health benefits and especially it's use in improving memory is legendary. It is called Indian Penny Wort in English, Madukaparni in Sanskrit, Vallarai in Tamil and it's botanical name is Centella Asiatica. If a child finds it difficult to retain what he has memorized, this is the first herb that he or she is advised to take. It also has a soothing effect on the nervous system and is very popular throughout India. Since this herb has been used in cooking very often, you can easily buy it in markets. Every year new medicines and tonics based on gotu kola are marketed but I prefer using the fresh herb itself.

* For Cellulite

Cellulite is one big problem that every women faces and almost 90 to 95 % of the women have cellulite. Because it affects almost all the women, the market for selling anti cellulite medicines, creams and lotions are also big. Every year millions are spent on anti cellulite creams and treatments but very few have been proven to be effective. Out of the few, gotu kola stands out for it's use in reducing cellulite as it has been proven through research that it is very effective for reducing cellulite. The research was conducted on 35 people and all the participants were measured in the glutes and deltoids for their cellulite. Out of the 35 participants, 20 people were given 60 mg of gotu kola in dry form and the rest of the participants took placebo. The results after 90 days showed reduction in fat tissues in all the people who consumed gotu kola supplements and the reduction in cellulite was more prominent in the glutes. Even research on the external application of gotu kola based cream has proven that gotu kola reduced cellulite significantly. You can either consume in the form of tablets or in powder form. Finally we have scientific proof that a herb does reduce cellulite .

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* For Anxiety

The main reason many are skeptical about home remedies is that they are not proven scientifically so I get very excited when certain remedies are proven without doubt through clinical studies. Since gotu kola is a very famous herb, lot of research is been going on and lot of remedies that has been based on gotu kola has been proven through research. One such use of gotu kola is in treating anxiety, gotu kola is an amazing herb that helps us handle stressful times in our life without going into depression or other anxiety disorders. In fact gotu kola has been used for many years as an anti anxiety medicine in Ayurveda and research is proving what our elders have known for centuries. It also help sus get a deep sleep in the night. The study for anxiety was done on 33 participants out of which 18 were male and 15 were female. Gotu kola tablets were given twice daily in the dosage of 500 mg after food. The study revealed that anxiety was greatly reduced and along with that the participants were able to handle stress very effectively. If you are going through a lot of stress consider taking gotu kola tablets for a few days. You get very good quality gotu kola tablets in the markets and the dosage is usually 500 mg twice a day. If you are not sure about the dosage you can also ask a herbalist or an ayurvedic doctor. You can also try taking the fresh leaves in the diet daily for a few days. Here in my place, we make kootu (gotu kola cooked along with toor dal) or poriyal (gotu kola stir fry).

* For Memory

Gotu kola has been prescribed for improving memory for centuries. The best way to consume gotu kola for memory is in the form of powder. You can either buy it from the markets or make your own. Since gotu kola is very very famous, most of the reputed companies manufacture gotu kola powder so getting good quality gotu kola powder is not a problem at all. But if you want to make it at home, you can easily make it within a day or two. Gotu kola powder is made by steaming the fresh leaves and always cows milk is used to steam the leaves. To make the powder, collect fresh gotu kola leaves and clean them well. Now take a double boiler (I use my idli steamer) and fill the bottom part with milk. Spread a white cotton cloth on the idli steamer and spread the leaves on top of the cloth. Close with a lid and steam till it is cooked, once it is cooked, remove and spread it on a thin dry muslin cloth and shade dry till crisp. Once crisp, powder and store. The whole process should be done in a very low flame else the milk will boil over. To use, take around half tsp of gotu kola powder and mix it with a cup of sweetened milk. Make sure to dry the gotu kola leaves well else the powder will spoil faster.

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