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Ayurveda health benefits of Manduka Parni- Centella Asiatica - gotu kola

The herb Centella Asciatica is a very good brain tonic. Ayurveda sages have listed this herb under the category memory boosters. Researches are being conducted about the use of this herb in Alzheimer's disease. Read more about health benefits of this magic herb

The herb Manduka Parni (Centella Asiatica) or gotu kola also known as Indian pennywort is a small herb which grows in tropical swampy areas. This herb is known as gotu kola in Hindi.It is an annual herb with slender, green soft stalk. The roots consist of rhizomes and root hairs. The plants are connected to each other . The leaves are round, smooth and reddish green in colour.. The flowers are small and pinkish red in colour. They occur in bunches. The plant matures in three months.

Scientists are able to determine chemical composition of Centella asiatica or gotukola contains various alkaloids, triterpenes, sterols, tannins, and glycosides. Recently three new compounds centellin, asiaticin, and centellicin were isolated from this herb.

Ayurveda Acharyas list this herb under “bitter root group”. They also appreciate its anti aging, memory boosting and fertility increasing properties.

This herb is bitter to taste and is light to digest. It gets sweet taste after digestion and has cold potency. It acts as a memory booster and brain tonic.

This herb normalizes pitta and kapha.Hence used in diseases which are caused due to vitiation of kapha and pitta.

Health benefits of gotu kola:

Skin: This herb is very effective in skin diseases as it has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Its use is recommended in open sores and chronic wounds. Many studies have proved its wound healing properties.

Nervous system: The herb gotukola boosts memory and grasping power. It is used as brain tonic . Its benefits in conditions like Alzheimer's disease ,anxiety and depression are also appreciated.

Digestive System: Mandooka parni increases body fire or agni. Hence its preparations are used in Indigestion, loss of appetite, conditions like Irritable Bowel syndrome and amoebiasis.

Circulatory system: This herb effectively helps to reduce increased blood pressure and edema which arises due to increased blood pressure. It normalizes vitiation of blood due to pitta.

Respiratory system: The accumulated bronchial secretions or kapha gets easily expectorated when this herb is used in respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma.It is very useful in inflammation of vocal chords.

Urinary System:  The usage of this herb helps to reduce frequency of urination. It helps in diabetes.

Rejuvenation: Regular use of this herb helps in slowing down aging process. Its anti aging properties help to rejuvenate body tissues and boosts body immunity.  Lactating mothers can reap the benefits of this herb, as it increases milk secretion and also purifies it.

Apart from these benefits the herb gotu kola also acts as an antipyretic. It helps to reduce fever and normalize body temperature.

Note: This herb may cause headacheComputer Technology Articles, rashes and giddiness when used in excess.

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This article is copy righted. The author Dr.SavithaSuri is an Ayurvedic Physician and web master of Ayurveda help through ayurveda remedies .Read more at Manduka Parni (Centella Asiatica)-gotu kola

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