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  1. Gotu kola is mainly used in the West for healing varicose veins and skin conditions but one of its main traditional uses ? as a brain tonic ? is often overlooked. Gotu kola can improve your mood and memory, protect your brain from toxins and free radical damage, and help keep you mentally sharp for life. S.A.Herbal Bioactives

  2. Hello I enjoyed your post. I feel that it is vital when talking about diabetes to at least bring up natural remedies that have been shown to be efficient in managing high blood glucose. Several natural herbs can be including in a diabetics treatment that can help preserve a healthy glucose level.

  3. No it’s a scam this is what I found. Scientific Name: Gotu Kola
    Other Names: Bramhi, Centella asiatica, Hydrocotyle asiatica, Indian Pennywort, Marsh Penny
    Who is this for?
    Uses
    Note: Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is not related to the cola nut (Cola acuminata, Cola nitada, other Cola species) of South America.
    In recent animal studies, oral gotu kola has been shown to have anticonvulsant, pain-relieving, and sedative effects. All of these central nervous system effects are thought to be related to increased levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) that are associated with taking gotu kola. GABA is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that carries messages from nerve cells to other cells) that helps to regulate the speed of nerve cell firing. GABA is also known to help prevent seizures and promote relaxation. Very early results from an animal study show that gotu kola may also help prevent brain cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The exact ways that gotu kola may affect the central nervous system are not completely known and more research is needed to confirm or disprove these effects.
    Due mostly to the actions of chemicals known as asiaticoside and madecassoside that it contains, gotu kola may prevent, delay, and treat a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are weak or damaged and blood collects in the veins of the legs. This collection of blood can lead to varicose veins, spider veins, or sores on the legs. More serious results can include blood clots in the legs. Asiaticoside and madecassoside may help keep veins and other blood vessels from leaking. Because it strengthens the walls of blood vessels, gotu kola may also be effective for slowing retinopathy, the gradual break down of the retina in the eyes. It may also help to relieve hemorrhoids. These same effects are thought to strengthen the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, making gotu kola potentially useful for treating ulcers. All of these possible oral uses for gotu kola also need more study before they can be recommended.
    When they are used topically, asiaticoside, madecassoside, and other chemicals in gotu kola have been proved to promote the healing of skin injuries and conditions such as psoriasis. These chemicals appear to increase collagen formation and also to have anti-inflammatory effects. Collagen is the fibrous protein that is mainly responsible for the strength and flexibility of the skin. When gotu kola is applied, it is absorbed into both skin and muscle tissue and it may pass into the blood.
    Gotu kola has long been used in topical, oral, and injected forms to treat leprosy. In addition to its ability to heal the sores associated with leprosy, gotu kola may also have anti-bacterial properties. Evidence from studies shows that asiaticoside may damage the cell walls of the bacteria that cause leprosy. The weakened bacteria are easier for the body’s immune system to eliminate.
    When should I be careful taking it?
    Gotu kola may cause miscarriage if it is taken or applied during pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid using it in any form.
    Because gotu kola may raise cholesterol and blood sugar levels, individuals with high cholesterol or diabetes should not take or apply it.
    Precautions
    Very little information is available on how gotu kola might affect an infant or a small child. Therefore, its use is not recommended while breast-feeding or during early childhood.
    What side effects should I watch for?
    Major Side Effects
    Taking large doses of gotu kola orally has been associated with increased blood levels of cholesterol and sugar. More limited information suggests that it may increase blood pressure, as well.
    Less Severe Side Effects
    Gotu kola can make unprotected skin more sensitive to sunlight or artificial light used in sun tanning parlors. If you take or apply gotu kola, be sure to use sunscreen, as well.
    Using gotu kola for prolonged periods of time or in high doses may cause sedation.
    Taking gotu kola by mouth may also be associated with:
    Itching
    Nausea
    Upset stomach
    Touching the plants of gotu kola, handling them during processing, or applying gotu kola preparations to the skin may result in allergic dermatitis. Symptoms may include inflammation, itching, rash, or redness at the place gotu kola was touched or applied.
    What interactions should I watch for?
    Prescription Drugs
    When gotu kola is used with prescription drugs that promote sleepiness, the effects of the drug may be exaggerated, resulting in sedation or mental impairment. Prescription drugs that can cause sleepiness include:
    Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine, phenytoin and valproic acid
    Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
    Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam and diazepam
    Drugs for insomnia such as zaleplon and zolpidem
    Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline, amoxapine, doxepin and nortriptyline
    Gotu kola may interfere with the effects of insulin and oral drugs for diabetes, such as:
    Actos
    Amaryl
    Avandia
    glipizide (Glucotrol XL)
    glyburide (Glynase)
    Glyset
    metformin (Glucophage)
    Prandin
    Precose
    Due to the possibility that it may increase cholesterol levels, gotu kola may reduce the effectiveness of drugs used to control cholesterol. Among cholesterol-reducing drugs are:
    Fibric Acid Derivatives such as gemfibrozil and Tricor
    HMG Co-A Reductase Inhibitors (Statins) such as Lipitor, lovastatin, Pravachol, and Zocor
    Ion Exchange Resins such as Colestid, colestyramine, and Questran
    Non-prescription Drugs
    The sleep-producing effects of over-the-counter products containing diphenhydramine may be enhanced by taking gotu kola at the same time. Diphenhydramine is contained in many non-prescription sleeping pills as well as in some cough and cold products, therefore caution should be used when taking these medications with gotu kola because excessive drowsiness may result.
    Niacin is a B vitamin that is often used to reduce cholesterol. If gotu kola is taken at the same time, niacin may not work as well and cholesterol levels may increase.
    Herbal Products
    Gotu kola may cause excessive sedation if it is taken with other potentially sedating herbs such as:
    Catnip
    Hops
    Kava
    St. John’s wort
    Valerian
    Because gotu kola may increase blood sugar levels, it may decrease or cancel the blood sugar-lowering effects of other herbal products. Herbals that may reduce blood sugar include:
    Eleuthero
    Fenugreek
    Ginger (in high amounts)
    Kudzu
    Panax ginseng
    Foods
    No interactions between gotu kola and foods have been reported, but drinking alcohol at the same time as using gotu kola by mouth may result in increased drowsiness.
    Some interactions between herbal products and medications can be more severe than others. The best way for you to avoid harmful interactions is to tell your doctor and/or pharmacist what medications you are currently taking, including any over-the-counter products, vitamins, and herbals. For specific information on how gotu kola interacts with drugs, other herbals, and foods and the severity of those interactions, please use our Drug Interactions Checker to check for possible interactions.
    Should I take it?
    Gotu kola is a ground cover that grows quite commonly as a weed in swamps and other wet areas of tropical climates. A perennial, it is believed to have originated in India and it has spread to surrounding countries, Indonesia, the islands of the South Pacific, and southern Africa. Related to the parsley and carrot family of plants, it has long stems with widely separated, rounded leaves that stay green all year and purple or dark red flowers that bloom in mid-summer. The plants send out runners on top of the ground to multiply. While gotu kola may be cultivated under controlled conditions on farms, much of the commercial supply is harvested from wild plants, which may be contaminated with environmental pollutants.
    In India and surrounding areas, gotu kola is taken by mouth to treat a large number of conditions and also as a tonic to lengthen life. For use in medicine, the “aerial” or above ground parts (flowers, leaves, and stems) of gotu kola are collected at any time during the year. They are used fresh or dried. The leaves are also commonly used for food — either cooked or raw. Gotu kola may be included in cosmetics for a skin-firming effect.
    Dosage and Administration
    A common method of preparing gotu kola tea is to boil 200 mg (about 1/2 teaspoon) of dried leaves in about one cup of water for a few minutes and then strain out the solid particles. Typically, gotu kola tea is consumed three times a day. Gotu kola is also available individually as capsules, liquid extracts, and tinctures. It is often sold in combination with other herbals such as Panax ginseng. Directions for taking gotu kola products vary for different uses. If you decide to use one of them, follow the directions on the label of the package that you purchase.
    Either gotu kola tea or any of several commercial forms such as creams, ointments, and washes may be applied to the skin as often as needed. No restrictions are recommended, but the use of gotu kola should be stopped if skin irritation worsens.
    Summary
    Limited study evidence appears to support the oral use of gotu kola for relieving pain, promoting sedation, and helping to prevent seizures. It may also help to strengthen blood vessels, thereby potentially relieving conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency and retinopathy that are caused by leaky blood vessels. Topically, gotu kola is used to treat skin conditions including psoriasis. It has been used in various dosage forms to treat leprosy.
    Risks
    Pregnant women should not take gotu kola due to a small risk that it might cause a miscarriage. Taking it by mouth may raise blood sugar or cholesterol levels, so individuals with diabetes or high cholesterol should avoid taking it, as well. Too little is known about its effects on small children or infants to recommend its use while breast-feeding or during early childhood.
    Side Effects
    Increases in cholesterol, blood sugar, and possibly blood pressure have been attributed to taking large doses of gotu kola. It may cause drowsiness and it may make the skin more susceptible to sunburn. It may cause nausea. When applied topically or when the plants are handled, side effects may include itching and redness.
    Interactions
    When it is taken at the same time as sedative drugs or herbal products, gotu kola may cause drowsiness. It may also cause drowsiness when it is taken with alcohol. Gotu kola may interfere with drugs and herbals that affect blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

  4. I’ve never heard of it helping. It might as long as you combine it with a healthy diet, daily exercise, and weight management program. The latter three do more for diabetes than anything else, so I’ll let you be the judge.

  5. Treat it? That’s another one of those scams. Those companies prey on desperate people. People will stop their doctor-prescribed pills/insulin and use one of the “miracle cures” and soon they are in the hospital—-if they are lucky and didn’t die or go into a coma.
    No. Please stay with the medication that your doctor has you on. If your blood sugar is not stable, then please talk to your doctor about changing your treatment. But there are no vitamins, herbs or supplements that will help you. I’m sorry. Believe me, if any of those so-called “miracle cures” actually worked, it would be HUGE worldwide news. Diabetics all over the world would be celebrating.

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