Gotu Kola – “The Miracle Plant”

gotu-kola-200Former arthritis sufferers are claiming that this common garden plant has taken all their painfful symptoms away.

The herb, Gotu Kola, also known as swamp pennywort, and Indian ginseng, grows in swampy areas from North Queensland to South Western Australia.

Gotu Kola belongs to the botanical family Umbelliferae which also includes Carrots, Parsley ~ Celery, Fennel and Angelica.

The plant has very minute flowers on a 1cm stalk. The fruits of Gotu Kola are flattened discs, 3mm in diameter and occur in upright groups of three “looking like toast in a rack”. It is the leaves however which are the most beneficial.

There are two species which exist in Australia, Centella Asiatica, also called Hydrocotyle Asiatica, and Centella Cordifolia.

Centella Cordifolia has a circular, heart shaped leaf which is toothed around the edge. Centella Asiatica has a more kidney shaped leaf. The leaf sizes can vary from 1cm to 7cm, in more favourable areas. Both the Cordifolia and Asiatica are very similar in their appearance, growing habit, and medicinal value !!

Growing Needs

Preferring a semi-shade position in moist, fertile soil, Gotu Kola can be grown successfully in garden beds, tubs and patio hanging baskets.

In order to be able to harvest two leaves a day, it will be necessary to allow at least a month for the plant to establish itself.

To ensure a bountiful supply, a weekly feed with a liquid fertilizer such as phostrogen, is recommended. Snails are found to have a passion for Gotu Kola so it will be necessary to apply snail pellets, or to generously spread· sawdust around the plant.

Using Gotu Kola

The recommended dosage is two leaves a day, these can be eaten whole or added to stirfry dishes, rice and salads. An infusion of the leaf can be beneficial as a wash on burns and wounds.

Consumers have claimed that within three months of eating two leaves a day, arthritis has been cured.

It is not advisable for people suffering from cardiovascular disorders, peptide ulcers or hypertension to take Gotu Kola, nor is it advisable for anyone to exceed more than two leaves a day, as severe headaches and dizziness will result.

Biochemical analysis has found its active constituents to include asiaticoside, thunkinside, madecassic acid, and brahmoside.

It has been found to have anti-bacterial activity; anti-fungal; anit-amaebic; anti-ulcer effects on gastric and duodenal ulcers; anti-inflammatory effects externally; mild sedative effects; and anti-spasmodic effects.

Beneficial effects have been found in the treatment of wounds, burns and ulcers, using an infusion of Gotu Kola leaves, Results of this treatment have been accelerated tissue regeneration and reduced scarring.

Gotu Kola has been used medically in Asia for thousands of years for fever; rheumatism; gastric complaints; leprosy; ageing; nervous breakdown; depression; and longevity.

Is it any wonder it’s called “the elixir of life” in eastern countries.

Peter Butler

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19 thoughts on “Gotu Kola – “The Miracle Plant””

  1. How and where can I buy this miracle plant “Guto Kola or Pennywort”for arthritis remedy?

  2. Would like to find out where to get this product. Have done extensive reading on same and am very impressed with reported comments on the plane

  3. You should be able to get it from and good garden centre as Centella Asiatica, also called Hydrocotyle Asiatica, and Centella Cordifolia.

    Hope that helps.

  4. Hello,

    Could you please advise me where we can purchase Kotu Kola plants
    in Victoria ( Mornington Peninsula).

    Many thanks
    Julie Elliott

  5. I have just planted some Gotu Kola Plants in a box to establish
    themselves and I am happy to share them around maybe in
    spring. I did get them form Queensland.

    If you wish to contact me Julie Elliot please do so as I am in
    Frankston 3199

  6. Gotu kola is used as a leafy green vegetable in Sri Lankan Cuisine.
    Sri Lanka has a cuisine that predates over 2500 years & the gotu Kola has been part of this cuisine.
    In Sri Lanka we make a Sambol using fresh coconut & onions , green chillies , tomatoes . lemon juice. This sambol is part of our diet at least twice a week. It is also consumed as a brealkfast Porridge where the leaves are cooked & pureed and mixed with cooked rice & coconut milk and consumed with Kithul Jaggery (Palm Sugar) This dish is called a Kola Kanda
    Ancient Ayurveda medicine uses Gotu Kola to treat a variety of medical conditions.
    In Sri Lanka it is common knowledge that Gotu Kola is a Micracle Herb & I am so happy to see Australians appreciate this herb. I live in New Zealand & I promote this micracle plant through my cooking & Masterclasses.
    Facebook: sri lankan cooking school nz

  7. Peter
    Can you tell me where in Qld you bought your Goto Kola plants
    I live in Qld and would love to obtain a couple of these We live in South East Qld
    Thank you

  8. Julie,

    Gotu kola can be propagated by placing a leaf with some stem into a glass of water on your window sill. Once the roots form just transplant into fertile soil and keep watered. You can get gotu kola from asian supermarkets/grocers.

  9. “….nor is it advisable for anyone to exceed more than two leaves a day, as severe headaches and dizziness will result.” – Unsubstantiated. – strikeout please.

    This leaf is eaten as a very popular everyday salad in Sri Lanka. Where you would use 3 cups of the leaves or 250grams at least to serve 2 comfortably without any side affects.

    Its called a Gotu Kola Sambola or Salad.

    Here is a more researched article – http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/gotu-kola

    Enjoy Gotu Kola “the fountain of life”

  10. Ive been using Gotu Kola for 3 months now, I had really bad pain in both my thumbs so bad that I was having trouble holding things but the pains all gone now, I put a small hand full of pre soaked almonds in the blender with a glass of water and 4 or 5 leaves of Gotu Kola that I have growing in 2 pots in the garden and a banana, I have that every morning, tastes good and you can hardly taste the Gotu Kola.

  11. I have early Parkinson’s and until recently have been woken at night with leg cramping. I grow Gotu Kola in my garden which I use to make up a massage oil which I massage into my legs before going to bed. Hey presto! I have been free of cramping from the first night used. I also share this oil with friends with a variety of painful conditions with excellent results.

  12. How do you pick leaves, they seem to grow on tall stem, do I pick at base or at top and leave stem

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