This runner, known as Gotu-kola (Centella asiatica) in most part of the South East Asian countries, has long been known to enhance memory. Since it also has a stimulant activity on central nervous system it is best avoided by epileptic patients. It is also best avoided by those who want to conceive. The asiaticoside and madacasic acid present in the plant makes it an excellent wound healer and prevents photo ageing of the skin. It is used in anti-wrinkle creams. The plants grows near water bodies and wet lands. Studies have established its value in the treatment of ulcers due to tuberculosis and leprosy.
It can be cooked into a curry. Dried powder can be had 2 gm daily.
Data: 20.10.2012 By thendral