Centella asiatica / gotu kola: an ancient "panacea" worth it's reputation

  • The south Asian medicinal herb centella asiatica (gotu kola) has been used as a cure-all for thousands of years for the treatment of hypertrophic scars (very common in Asia), wound healing  and burns.
  • The main actives compounds of the herb are asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid and together they are called TTFCA (total triterpenic fraction of centella asiatica) or TECA (titrated extract of centella asiatica)
  • These are the types of gotu kola extract to look for when taking centella asiatica orally (food supplements) or topically (creams)
  • High quality, concentrated extracts, such as the above, do help in wound / burn / hypertrophic scar healing, facial skin anti-ageing, body and face skin firming, under eye bags, cellulite reduction and water retention / poor circulation, as multiple studies, included the one mentioned below, have shown.
  • The main mode of action of gotu kola is in the repair of connective tissue, which is implicated in all the health / aesthetic problems mentioned above. For this reason, centella is one of the key actives we use for treatments at our clinic and in our anti-cellulite / leg wellness creams.
  • Source: Centella asiatica in dermatology: an overview
  • Abstract: Centella asiatica is a medicinal plant that was already used as a 'panacea' 3000 years ago. The active compounds include pentacyclic triterpenes, mainly asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. We have conducted an overview to summarize current knowledge on the results of scientific in vitro and in vivo experiments focused on the improvement of the healing process of small wounds, hypertrophic scars and burns by C. asiatica. In this paper, we discuss the data on constituents, recommended preparations and the potential side effects of C. asiatica.

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