Latin name: Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. (= Hydrocotyle asiatica L.)
Permitted plant parts: overground parts
Gotu kola is an herb that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The above-ground parts are used to make medicine. Some of the most interesting health benefits of gotu kola include its ability to speed wound healing, improve the health of the skin, boost cognition, soothe nervous disorders, treat respiratory issues, reduce toxicity, protect the heart, and heal the circulatory system. This herb contains certain chemicals that seem to decrease inflammation and also decrease blood pressure in veins. It also seems to increase collagen production, which is important for wound healing.