Gotu Kola Benefits and Side Effects

Gotu Kola Benefits and Side Effects

Gotu Kola is commonly found growing naturally throughout tropical, boggy areas of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and South Africa. It is also found in similar climates of Eastern Europe and few other regions throughout the world. Both the roots and leaves of gotu kola contain compounds used in a variety of herbal preparations.

For many thousands of years gotu kola has been used to treat a variety of conditions including syphilis, hepatitis, stomach ulcers, mental fatigue, epilepsy, diarrhea, and fever. Today gotu kola is used to relieve symptoms of poor circulation in the veins of the legs and to speed the healing of wounds and burns.

In recent history, gotu kola has gained some popularity as a remedy for disorders that cause connective tissue swelling such as scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis (arthritis occurring in conjunction with psoriasis), anklylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), and rheumatoid arthritis. However, its use in connection with these conditions is not supported by clinical trials.

More recent studies confirm many of gotu kola's traditional uses and also suggest possible new applications for gotu kola, such as lowering high blood pressure, treating venous insufficiency (pooling of blood in the veins, usually in the legs), boosting memory and intelligence, easing anxiety, and speeding the healing of injuries.

Dosage and Administration

A typical dosage of commercially prepared gotu kola for varicose veins is 60 milligrams daily, and for poor circulation in the legs, approximately 30 to 60 milligrams 3 times daily. However, potency may vary, so we highly recommend following the manufacturer's recommendations.

Supporting Literature

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