These leaves that seem from a fairy tale, similar to the water lilies where frogs perch in ponds, have unique properties and receive multiple names.
Common to Asia, it is one of the most popular plants used in traditional medicine there. Did you know that they are also used in salads? It seems that it works for everything.
Today we will meet the Centella Asiatica.
The edible leaves of the Centella Asiatica are worth everything
Indeed, centella asiatica can be eaten and, in fact, it is the way in which it is usually consumed in Asia. They use it as a base for salads knowing by the way that these leaves have very positive properties. However, it has many names. It is also known as Gotu Kula, as one of its most popular names, but it is also called Antanan, Pegaga, Brahmi, and even Taquibsuso from the Philippines.
However, at the laboratory level it is known more as “Centella Asiatica” which is curious because even in English it is named as is. It is a name that does not translate. These medicinal leaves have been used for a very long time, it is estimated that since the year 100.
This plant grows at ground level and its leaves spread like a vine, all the stems connected to each other with their long green leaves as you can see. This plant needs humid climates to be able to grow in optimal conditions, which is why it is so popular in Asia where it can be planted in many places, such as the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Japan, etc. Humid climates with lots of rain.
Did you also know that it also has a flower? Although not used, Centella Asiatica uses it to pollinate and spread. They are small pink flowers turning to very small red.
Here on the left we have the Centella Asiatica in this natural environment. Due to the rains and because it is at ground level, it is natural for them to flood. For this plant is not harmful.
On the other hand,👉in the summer it blooms and we appreciate its beautiful flowers
The therapeutic properties of Centella Asiatica and its uses.
You already know the shapes and some important details of Centella Asiatica or Gotu Kola, but we still don’t know what makes it so popular in traditional medicine and modern medicine.
It is attributed multiple medicinal properties such as healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, among many others. Having these properties, in ancient times they realized that it was positive for treating certain diseases, and one of them was very common to treat lepers and to treat burns. Depending on the location, it had one meaning or another, but in general it has always been applied cutaneously.
In Europe and in current pharmacology, the European Pharmacopoeia uses saponin triterpenoids, expressed as asiaticoside, which is what is used as the active ingredient of Centella Asiatica and the properties mentioned above are attributed to it. The WHO and the EMEA have also approved the use of this active ingredient for the use of medications and drugs to treat certain skin conditions such as dermatitis, bruises, sprains, varicose veins, etc.
In our case, at Phytodoxia, we use it for our PhytoLegs Gel product, precisely thanks to its anti-inflammatory actions and that help improve blood circulation. Although we do not serve this medicinal plant in a salad, we do offer you its properties in an effective gel that will be even better for treating your conditions.
Do you dare to try it?