What is gotu kola?

WHAT IS GOTU KOLA?

Gotu Kola is a member of the parsley family and has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India) to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, minor burns, scarring and stretch marks.

It has no taste or smell and thrives in and around water. It has small fan-shaped green leaves with white or light purple-to-pink flowers, and small oval fruit.

WHY DO WE LOVE IT?

When applied to the skin, gotu kola has been shown to increase the strength of the dermis and promote healing, support collagen production as well as enhance production of mucin, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulphate, which are required for skin, hair and nail repair and growth.

It is also an anti-inflammatory and reduces scarring.

Gotu Kola Stem Cells help fight against free radical damage while the Chlorella Growth Factor works to support collagen production and cell turn over. Clinical studies show that Gotu Kola Stem Cells can inhibit the enzyme that break down collagen by up to 98% and the enzyme that destroys our own hyaluronic acid by 90%, making this ideal for those concerned with fine lines, wrinkles and hydration.

In a 2o12, researchers applied concentrate of centella asiatica to skin with open wounds and found that the formulation inhibited bacterial growth, fueled the growth of new skin cells and increased skin “tensile strength” and resilience

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Sources:
Phytomedicine, April 2018, pages 110–119
Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, August 2017, pages 311–315
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jan-Feb 2016, pages 27–33
Postepy Dermatologii I, February 2013, pages 46–49
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010, pages 546–556p

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