|Gotu kola Herb Reviews
Recent studies demonstrated that Gotu kola herb destroyed cultured tumor cells in the laboratory setting (in vitro),
promoted wound healing and more. Gotu Kola herb was considered as a spiritual herb in Ayurveda and it is used with
meditation to revitalize the nerves and brain cells. In traditional medicine, gotu kola is believed to help develop the
crown charka, the energy center at the top of the head. And the key ingredient of gotu kola herb is known to be
asiatic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene. [6-9] Gotu Kola Tea has been claimed to have benefits of enhancing brain and
memory functions, treating Alzheimer's Disease and overcoming stress and fatigue by online venders. Overdosage of
gotu kola may cause side effects such as headache, stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, and extreme drowsiness.
Gotu Kola, Benefits, Side Effects, Cellulite, Hair Loss, Tea
Gotu kola side effects
gotu kola herb reviews, updated on October 23, 2011
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Gotu Kola Health Benefits
According to The University of Maryland [UM] website (October 23, 2011), the potential uses of gotu kola include
treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, wound healing and skin lesions (Please review the section of
gotu kola side effects), anxiety, scleroderma and insomnia.
Gotu Kola Side Effects and Safety Issues
This statement - "Not enough human research for any prolonged period has been done to know whether it is safe or
whether it has side effects." appears in a MD's website. In fact, gotu kota may lead to liver damage, and UM suggests
not to use gotu kola for more than six weeks. Further, asiaticoside has been associated with tumor growth in animals,
people with liver issues or with a history of melanoma, skin cancer should avoid gotu kola.
Gotu kola side effects are uncommon but gotu kola may lead to skin allergy, burning sensation with external use,
headache, dizziness, nausea, and stomach upset. [UM] According to WebMD [WD], October 23, 2011, over-dosages
of gotu kola may cause side effect of drowsiness. Some medications also lead to drowsiness, users may stop taking
gotu kola, if they are on this type of medications. Users must seek medical attention immediately, if severe gotu kola
side effects occur. There may be some other gotu kota side effects. Users should consult with their doctor for medical
advice about side effects.
Gotu kola may also interact with other drugs such as statins, anti-diabete agents, diuretics, and sedatives. [UM]
Further, users should not take gotu kola together with other medications may also harm our liver, examples of these
medications incldue acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol), amiodarone (e.g. Cordarone), carbamazepine, isoniazid,
methotrexate, methyldoa, fluconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin, phenytoin, certain statins and many other drugs.