GOTU KOLA

Parts Used:
Roots, nuts and leaves.

Function:
One of the active constituents in gotu kola supports collagen, which is used by the body to make connective tissue in the skin.

Uses:
* Traditionally gotu kola was used by the Indians as a diuretic and for skin inflammations. The Chinese used it for fevers, congestion, upper respiratory infections and for depression.
* Gotu kola can be used for wound healing, scarring, ulcers, varicose veins, scleroderma and minor burns. It is also used for fatigue, water retention, cardiovascular and circulatory problems, loss of appetite, depression and other nervous disorders, kidney stones and sleeping problems. Gotu kola is also thought to improve mental function and stimulate the central nervous system.

Guidelines:
Gotu kola tea can be made with 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried leaf in 150 ml of boiling water steeped for 10 minutes, taken three times daily or use extracts according to label instructions.

Interactions:
* Gotu kola may cause dermatitis if applied externally.
* Do not use during pregnancy or lactation.
* Large doses may cause nausea.

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