Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, mandukaparni
Native to Asia, this small plant can be found in wet areas such as ditches.
The dried herb.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Adaptogenic herb which increases mental stamina, alleviates depression and anxiety and can increase energy. Its blood purifying properties make it useful in treating skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
Key actions: Depurative, adaptogenic, nervine tonic, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat skin conditions, rheumatic issues. When applied externally, it can help heal surgical wounds.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: About half a teaspoon of herb (0.6 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 4 ml (1:3 in 45% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 1 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 1.8 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Apiaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Gotu Kola may cause reflux and gastrointestinal irritation (due to its saponin content). Contact dermatitis is another possible side effect, but the reported occurrences are rare. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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