Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica
Gotu kola, Indian pennywort, tiger grass.
Key Uses:Excessive skin thickening, swelling, and distortion, like that occurring in elephantiasisLeprosy with no ulcerationLupusPsoriasis with thickening and hardening of the affected area
Origin : Native to India, and found in Sri Lanka, south China, and southwest Asia.
Background : Gotu kola has long been used in India as a meditation aid. It is also an important herbal remedy in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, notably for leprosy and as a “tonic” herb.
Preparation : The dried aerial parts of the plant are macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Hydrocotyle is best suited to people who alternate between lively, talkative behavior and
CAULOPHYLLUM THALICTROIDES (Blue cohosh)
dull sadness, with a desire to be alone. They may sleep heavily, sometimes with persistent dreaming all night long.
Classic features associated with this remedy are overgrowth and hardening, which often manifests itself as thickening or hardening of the connective tissue, or scaly, thickening skin conditions. Typical skin conditions treated include psoriasis, with hardening and scaling of the affected area, lupus (scaly patches that leave dull white scars), and leprosy with no ulceration. The remedy may even be used for excessive skin thickening, swelling, and distortion, like that occurring in elephantiasis (a chronic disease of the lymphatic system).
Symptoms Better : For rubbing the affected area.
Symptoms Worse : In summer; at night; for movement; for pressure on the affected area; on the left side.