LEARNING

Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

GOTU KOLA

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Centella asiatica

PARTS USED
Nuts, roots, seeds

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Beta Carotene, beta-sitosterol, calcium, campesterol, camphor, iron, kaempferol, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, saponin, selenium, stigmasterol, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C, zinc

PROPERTIES & USES
Gotu Kola is called the memory herb. It’s actions help support cardiovascular function. In this way it assists in the oxygenation of the blood and circulation of oxygen to the brain. This property is likely the reason Gotu Kola supports increased learning when taken regularly and makes it helpful in the prevention and treatment of senility.

Other properties that aid Gotu Kola in promoting memory include its ability to help decrease fatigue and correct sleep disorders. It may be due to the correction of resting patterns or the increase of oxygenated blood circulating through the brain, persons utilizing Gotu Kola have experienced improvement of symptoms related to depression.

The hypothalamus is located in the brain and directly affects hormonal balance. With improved circulation to the brain and related systems, it is not surprising that Gotu Kola is reported to stimulate the central nervous system, increase sex drive, balance hormones, help relieve menopausal symptoms, and correct poor appetite.

Another action of this herb is that it helps eliminate excess fluids and shrink tissues. These actions combine to help alleviate kidney stones and improve connective tissue disorders (i.e. arthritis).

The diuretic properties combined with cardiovascular support make Gotu Kola helpful in the treatment of wound healing, varicose veins and liver support. Gotu Kola is reported to strengthen the heart.

Gotu Kola may neutralize blood acids and lower body temperature.

With Cayenne and Ginseng, Gotu Kola can be utilized as part of a pick-me-up and memory combination.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
May cause dermatitis if applied topically.

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.




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