Gotu Kola


Parts used - leaves, seeds, nuts and root


Common Uses

  • Helps support and stimulate the central nervous system.
  • Helps improve circulation to lower limbs.
  • Helps lessen fatigue and depression.
  • Can be applied externally as an ointment to help heal wounds.
  • Helps burns to heal and reduces scarring.
  • Ointments also relieve psoriasis, eczema and other skin irritations.
  • Long associated with longevity

Side Effects No serious side effects are known at this time. In some people, however, skin irritations are caused by application of the ointment.


History of Gotu Kola Gotu Kola is a creeping perennial plant that grows in damp tropical conditions. It is a favorite food of elephants and it is thought that this is the reason the plant became associated with longevity.


Gotu Kola has been used by traditional Eastern medicines since ancient times. It was used for a wide variety of complaints including fever, diarrhea, leprosy, nervous disorders, menstrual problems, jaundice and rheumatism. It was also used for many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and lupus.


It became popular in the West after the Second World War when it was sold in a herbal blend. Gotu Kola's longevity properties were heavily promoted. These properties have never been scientifically proven.


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