What is gotu kola?

What is gotu kola ()? Gotu kola is also known by many other names, including brahmi, centella, Indian pennywort, marsh penny, thick-leaved pennywort, white rot, hydrocotyle, Indian water navelwort, and talepetrako. Gotu kola is not related to kola (cola) nut.Gotu kola has been used orally (by mouth) in alternative medicine as an aid to treating anxiety, depression, fatigue, memory loss, colds and flu, upset stomach, diarrhea, ulcer, bladder infections, liver problems, and diabetes. Gotu kola has also been used to treat circulation problems, varicose veins, anemia, lupus, menstrual problems, and birth control.Topical forms of gotu kola have been used in alternative medicine to aid in wound healing and reducing scars.Not all uses for gotu kola have been approved by the FDA. Gotu kola should not be substituted for medications prescribed for you by your doctor.Gotu kola is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.Gotu kola may also be used for other purposes not listed in this product guide.

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