Gotu kola or Centella asiatica is an herb in the parsley family. It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, known as one of the miracle elixirs of life. This versatile herb has a variety of regional names, such as brahma-buti, madecassol, thick-leaved pennywort, and tungchian, and plenty of potential benefits to go along with them.

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1. Abundance of Bioactive Compounds

Gotu kola is making inroads in western medicine. It is packed with

bioactive compounds, and folk remedies use all parts of the plant, except the roots, to make powders, creams, salves, and teas. Sometimes the leaves are mixed into salads. Modern studies of gotu kola frequently use a titrated extract of Centella asiatica or TECA.

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