Gotu Kola (lat. Centella asiatica) is a powerful herb that has been named “the fountain of youth” in Chinese medicine, because it prolongs life and nourishes the brain. Elly Kleinman, Americare founder and current executive, points just how beneficial this herb is by mentioning the story of the famous herbalist Li Ching Yun, known for his supposed extreme longevity. Gotu kola grows mainly in the Himalayas, and it is used by yoga practitioners during meditation, because it serves as food for the brain and activates the crown chakra, which helps in balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Except in China, Elly Kleinman states that this herb is also well known in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and central and southern Africa.
Gotu Kola is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known for its anti-aging qualities, stimulates the circulation and supply of oxygen, soothes the nerves and improves concentration, memory and cognitive functions in general. That is why Kleinman, the first person of Americare, recommends this amazing herb to all of his older patients. One of Gotu kola’s most important characteristics is that it balances and coordinates the function of the mind, helping with memory and concentration.
In fact, this is probably the best plant for the brain cells and the entire nervous system. Nowadays, Gotu kola is used in Western medicine against all types of dementia such as senile dementia and forgetfulness. Recently it was clinically proven that this herb helps people with attention deficit disorder and memory loss. Most frequently are used its leaves, and it can be prepared in various ways. It is also available in the form of creams, lotions, tonics or as a pill.
Like many other, Kleinman sees this powerful, complex herb as hope for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, because of its ability to return certain parts of lost memory. Gotu kola has strong potential in the treatment of almost all skin diseases, and it slows down the aging process, prolonging life and giving strength to the elderly.