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Originally published June 16 2009

Discover the Benefits and Uses of Gotu Kola

by Elizabeth Walling

(NaturalNews) Gotu kola is an herb native to India and Sri Lanka. It plays a key role in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, treating a myriad of conditions. Its reputation is almost mythical: gotu kola is famous for its rumored link to the long life span of elephants as well as the Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yun, who supposedly lived for an incredible 256 years.

Gotu kola's ancient reputation earned its place in modern alternative medicine and it has even been examined in a number of clinical studies. Gotu kola is often recommended by homeopathic and naturopathic doctors for patients who need more energy and mental clarity. But gotu kola has many other practical uses because of its ability to ease inflammation, improve circulation and speed healing.

Specifically, gotu kola can be used for:

Brain function. Several modern studies have shown gotu kola can be used to improve memory and mental clarity.

Hemorrhoids. By improving circulation and strengthening blood vessels, gotu kola is an effective natural hemorrhoid treatment.

Inflammatory conditions. Gotu kola has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in the treatment of conditions like arthritis.

Skin conditions. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions can be treated with gotu kola because of its unique anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Varicose and spider veins. Gotu kola improves circulation and strengthens vessel walls, making it a great herbal choice for treating and preventing vein disorders.

Water retention. Gotu kola is a very mild diuretic that can be used to treat water retention and edema.

Wounds and burns. Traditionally, gotu kola has often been used to speed the healing of wounds and minor burns.

Scars. Clinical studies have shown that gotu kola was effective for improving the appearance of unsightly scars. It is especially useful during the healing process, and can even have an impact on deep scarring.

Gotu kola can be used in a variety of ways. In traditional medicine, gotu kola was often prepared as a tea or a tincture. These can also be mixed with oil or cornstarch to apply topically for treatment of scrapes, minor burns and irritated skin. Mixed with oil, gotu kola liquid makes a very good massage medium. Today you can also buy gotu kola in supplement form, but be sure you are getting it from a quality source.
Even with its many useful applications, gotu kola should be avoided in certain cases. This herb can raise blood sugar levels, so it is not recommended for diabetics. It should also be avoided by pregnant women because of its affect on blood circulation.

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Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more:

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