Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Much more on Hydrocotyle!

Hydrocotyle is Brahmi or the Golu Kola Brahmi of India (Centella asiatica/Hydrocotyle asiatica). Once I found that out, I was ecstatic. For one thing, it's covered insufficiently in the materia medicas (only Clarke and Boericke have anything on it). For another, I can see it has a far greater effect than any other remedy in the Materia Medica - and I have tried virtually all of them.

So this is a mystery to be solved and knowing that it is Brahmi gives me access to more ancient medical literature than is available in Homeopathy. And since medical science is so into saponins these days, some of their literature.

From here:
"An herbaceous annual plant from the family of Mackinlayaceae, Gotu Kola is used as a medicinal herb ayurvedic medicine, traditional African medicine and traditional Chinese medicine to treat various diseases like bowel disorders, AIDS, elephantiasis, epilepsy, insanity, fever, eczema, diarrhea, and amennorhea. Also referred as Vallarai in Tamil, Gotu Kola is particularly used in treating nervous disorders, premature aging and senility. Traditional medicines claim Gotu Kola as a 'Brain Tonic'.
The three alkaloids in it are:
  • Asiaticoside, which is classified as an antibiotic that helps in healing wounds especially in the treatment of leprosy and tuberculosis
  • Brahmoside and Brahminoside, pair of chemicals that are diuretic in nature and have a slightly sedative action in large doses
  • Madecassoside, a glycoside that is a strong anti-inflammatory agent
More uses:
  • Supports the central nervous system
  • Increases intelligence and memory / Prevents senility
  • Revitalizes the immunity system
  • Increases hair and nail growth
  • Strengthens the adrenals
  • Helps in relieving digestion troubles
  • Increases fertility
  • Accelerates wound healing both internally and externally
  • Accelerates spiritual progress by opening higher energy centers
  • Used to purify blood and circulatory systems
  • Used to treat chronic skin conditions such as eczema
  • Used for opium detoxification, especially in Thailand
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Adaptogenic
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-ulcerogenic
  • Mildly antibacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Antiseptic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Cerebral tonic
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Emmenagogue
  • Febrifuge (reduces fever)
  • Diuretic
  • Laxative
  • Nervine
  • Veulnerary (to treat heals and wounds) 
What science knows: "Leaves are used as tonic, memory enhancer and also used in the treatment of cataract, eye troubles and in fevers and diarrhea among children. The plant is reported to contain glycosides like brahmosides, indocentelloside, asiaticoside, theankuniside and isotheankuniside. Asiaticoside has been identified as the most active compound in the plant associated with the healing of wounds and duodenal ulcers, whilst the triterpene saponins are also reported to possess immunomodulatory properties."

  • Causes corneal wounds and ulcers, causes collagen production in such a way as to inhibit formation of hypertrophic scars, keloids, and stretch marks, causes allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Stimulates the production of human collagen, a protein involved in wound healing,
  • accelerated the healing of superficial postsurgical wounds and ulcers by accelerating cicatricial action. stimulates the epidermis, significantly increased the tensile strength of newly formed skin.
  • decrease fibrosis in wounds, thus preventing new scar formation.
  • The mechanism of action appears to be twofold: by increasing the synthesis of collagen, by inhibiting the inflammatory phase and increasing the activity of myofibroblasts and immature collagen.
Gotu Kola Root is a memory and brain stimulant. It has been used to help with learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, and senility. It is a thyroid support that counteracts fatigue and depression; increases the sex drive. Gotu Kola Root increases blood circulation and protects against cardio-vascular disease. It has been used to treat varicose veins, particularly, discomfort, tiredness, and swelling; and hemorrhoids. It stimulates the central nervous system; and promotes wound healing. It helps promote a healthy heart and liver function; helps eliminate excess fluids; rebuild energy reserves.

From this site
Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, epilepsy, senility and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to aid intelligence and memory. It strengthens the adrenal glands and cleanses the blood to treat skin impurities. It is said to combat stress and depression, increase libido and improve reflexes. It has also been indicated for chronic venous insufficiency, minor burns, scars, scleroderma, skin ulcers, varicose veins, wound healing, rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure.

In India, Gotu kola is regarded as perhaps the most spiritual of all herbs. Growing in some areas of the Himalayas, gotu kola is used by yogis to improve meditation. It is said to develop the crown chakra, the energy center at the top of the head and to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It is regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. Sri Lankans noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, munched on the leaves of the plant. Thus the leaves became known as a promoter of long life. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it and to strengthen the adrenals. It has been used as a pure blood tonic and for skin health. It has also been used to promote restful sleep.

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