Gotu kola: Positive review of the scientific
A review paper with more than 100 references reports on the body
of scientific evidence supporting some of the traditional uses
of gotu kola (Centella asiatica). The strongest clinical
evidence to date supports the use of the plant in treating venous
insufficiency, wounds, and pregnancy-related stretch marks (striae
gravidarum). Experimental studies have investigated gotu kola's
sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiviral,
and immunomodulatory effects, but clinical studies in these areas
are needed. The authors conclude, "...the therapeutic potential
of this plant in terms of its efficacy and versatility is such
that further detailed research would appear worthwhile."
Brinkhaus B, Lindner M, Schuppan D, et al. Chemical, pharmacological
and clinical profile of the East Asian medicial plant Centella
asiatica. Phytomedicine 2000; 7(5): 427-448.