The gotu kola plant grows in marshy areas in many parts of the world. Its fan-shaped leaves contain the soothing agent known as asiaticoside. As a result they have been used to treat burns, skin grafts and episiotomies (a surgical technique designed to prevent tearing of the vagina during childbirth). Gotu kola may also help heal outbreaks of psoriasis.
There is some evidence that in addition gotu kola may help decrease edema (the retention of fluid by the body) and promote blood circulation in the legs by strengthening the veins and capillaries. It may therefore be useful in treating phlebitis (inflammation of the leg veins).
Over the counter:
Available in dry bulk, capsules, and tincture.
Tea: To improve circulation in the legs, 1 to 2 tsp. dried gotu kola used per cup of boiling water.
Compress: To treat wounds or psoriasic, a pad soaked in gotu kola tea or in a tincture.