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Gotu kola: Positive review of the scientific evidence

A review paper with more than 100 references reports on the body of scientific evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of gotu kola (Centella asiatica). The strongest clinical evidence to date supports the use of the plant in treating venous insufficiency, wounds, and pregnancy-related stretch marks (striae gravidarum). Experimental studies have investigated gotu kola's sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and immunomodulatory effects, but clinical studies in these areas are needed. The authors conclude, "...the therapeutic potential of this plant in terms of its efficacy and versatility is such that further detailed research would appear worthwhile." Brinkhaus B, Lindner M, Schuppan D, et al. Chemical, pharmacological and clinical profile of the East Asian medicial plant Centella asiatica. Phytomedicine 2000; 7(5): 427-448.

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