Gotu kola is an herb used extensively in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. The main active ingredients in gotu kola are triterpenoids. They reduce inflammation, may prevent from scar tissue formation by blocking the synthesis of collagen, and improve blood circulation in veins. The standardized triterpenoid in the products of guto kola is asiaticoside.
Athletic Benefits of Gotu Kola:
- Reduces inflammation in strains and sprains.
- Speeds up recovery from sports injuries.
- May improve mental alertness and stamina.
- May decrease pre – competition anxiety.
Non – Athletic Benefits of Gotu Kola:
The following conditions may potentially benefit from gotu kola:
- Chronic venous insufficiency.
- Varicose veins.
- Scar formation.
- Wound healing.
- Pregnancy – induced stretch marks.
- Common cold and flu.
Dosage and Side Effects:
Gotu kola can be taken as powdered herb 3 – 6 grams a day, standardized extract 50 – 1000 mg a day (depending on percentage of asiaticoside in the product), or tincture 10 – 20 ml a day. Gotu kola should be avoided taking along with sedatives and tranquilizers.
Side effects of gotu kola are rare and they happen in higher doses. Potential side effects are allergic reactions, headache, stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness.