formerly hydrocotyle asiatica
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The intelligence and longevity herb. One of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Used to help revitalize the brain and nerve cells, increase intelligence, memory, longevity and decrease senility by improving blood flow to the brain. Supports immune function and adrenal energy, a powerful blood purifier, treats chronic skin conditions. Promotes calmness and clarity of mind, nerve function, rich in B vitamins. Lowers cholesterol, used to heal ulcers, urinary tract infections, lower blood pressure, increase memory and lifespan, and smooth muscle relaxant. Regulates the intestinal flora. Used externally to accelerate skin healing, shingles, wounds, inflammation. Gotu kola, unlike kola nut, does not contain caffeine. Rounded retro-looking leaves on thin stems that creep along the ground, with pinkish red flowers in umbrella-clusters close to the ground, each flower partly enclosed by 2 green bracts. Grows in tropical ditches and moist areas, many of the gotu kola products come from third world sewage ditches, so its good to grow your own.