Principal Proposed Natural Uses
Based on these many traditional indications, gotu kola was accepted as a drug in France in the 1880s. British physicians in Africa used a special extract to treat leprosy.
What Is Gotu Kola Used for Today?
Gotu kola has also been suggested as a treatment for hemorrhoids because they are a type of varicose vein, but there is no direct evidence that it is helpful for this purpose.
Gotu kola should not be confused with the caffeine-containing kola nut , used in original recipes for Coca-Cola.
What Is the Scientific Evidence for Gotu Kola?
Venous Insufficiency/Varicose Veins
The usual dosage of gotu kola is 20 to 60 mg 3 times daily of an extract standardized to contain 40% asiaticoside, 29% to 30% asiatic acid, 29% to 30% madecassic acid, and 1% to 2% madecassoside. When using it for venous insufficiency, give gotu kola at least 4 weeks to work.
For the prevention of keloid scars (a purpose for which gotu kola has not been proven effective), the herb is typically taken for 3 months prior to surgery, and for another 3 months afterwards.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -