Tuesday, January 26, 2010

GotuKola herb -Bramhi


Gotu kola is originally an Indian herb and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is the main revitalizing herb for the nerves and brain cells.
It increases memory, intellect, and longevity and decreases senility and aging. Gotu kola protects the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the brain, which helps increase the brain’s oxygen supply .It is a proven herbal remedy for strengthening nerves and its responses. It is efficient in elimination of anxiety, depression, and mental fatigue and it can refresh mind and resist frequent mood swings. Bramhi is a natural energizer and promotes relaxed feelings even in the tough working schedule. It is an efficient herbal remedy for the patient of hypertension because the recommended dose of Bramhi helps in lowering high blood pressure.
It fortifies the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it and strengthens the adrenals. It is a powerful blood purifier and is used in many chronic skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis. This herb not only acts as an anti-inflammatory, but also helps strengthen the veins and capillaries that supply blood to new tissue at the injury site, two qualities that make this an excellent treatment for skin ulcerations. Bramhi is an age-old herbal solution for hypothermia and fever. The herbal power of Bramhi helps in curing cold attack and cough related discomforts of cold affected patients. It is an excellent natural antioxidant and on regular use retains the youthful radiant look.
Gotu kola inhibits vata, calms the nerves, is a tonic for Pitta, and helps reduce excess kapha. It is the most spiritual and sattvic herb. It awakens the crown Chakra and helps balancing the right and left hemisphere of the brain.
A cup of Gotu kola tea can be taken before bedtime to have a sound sleep or before meditation.
Milk decoction of Gotu cola makes a good nerve tonic.
Bramhi oil when massaged on scalp helps to reduce hair fall and promotes hair growth.
Bramhi ghee is best revitalizer for spirit that every one should have at home.

Latin name- Centella asiatica
Family- Umbelliferae
Sanskrit name- BRAMHI (as it aids knowledge of Brahman, the supreme
Parts used- leaves and stems
Energetic- Bitter / cooling / sweet
Balances all three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha.
Systems – acts mainly on nervous, circulatory, and digestive system.
Actions – Nervine, rejuvenate, alternative, febrifuge, diuretic.
Indications-Nervous disorders, senility, premature aging, anxiety, anger, depressions, hair loss, chronic and obstinate skin conditions.

Precautions- High kapha disorders and low appetite. In large doses may cause headaches and may aggravate itching.
Preparation- hot or cold infusion, decoction, milk decoction, powder, Bramhi ghee, Bramhi oil.
(The contents in this article are not intended to heal any disorder and should be taken under supervision of an Ayurvedic physician)