Learn how to use these herbs from Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
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Because the leaves of this herb are enjoyed by elephants, gotu kola (no relation to the kola nut) is traditionally considered a longevity promoter. Gotu kola is recommended as a rejuvenator, especially for cognitive functions. Indian animal studies show it improves learning and memory. It also boosts blood flow, especially through the smallest blood vessels, which is useful for diabetics prone to blood vessel problems. Topical gotu kola cream speeds wound healing. In a study of 100 pregnant women, a cream containing the herb along with vitamin E helped prevent stretch marks.
Gotu kola is safe in advised doses. Dose: in tea, 600 mg dried leaves three times a day; or 60 to 120 mg of extract per day.