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Promising Anti-Aging Herb Under Research

Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine
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People have spent centuries searching for the proverbial fountain of youth, a way to bring back the livelihood of years past and turn back the hands of time. A lot of products on the market today claim to do just this, but can’t back it up with facts – a waste of money and time, not to mention disappointing.

Scientists are researching a herb commonly known as centella, a plant whose list of medicinal qualities is nothing to laugh at. The herb goes by a host of names such as gotu kola when used by the Chinese and brahmi in Indian medicine, but don’t let the names confuse you – this is one plant whose restorative properties are turning the medical world upside down.

Centella is rich in amino acids (good for protein and metabolism); phytochemicals (strong plant-based antioxidants); beta-carotene (to produce Vitamin A for skin); and fatty acids (used for skin health and anti-aging). It’s organic, natural and has a long history of providing longevity and good health, dating back to prehistoric times. Gotu kola has been known to help cure diseases of skin, and was first widely used as a treatment for leprosy, as well as other skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and infectious wounds.

As technology advances, scientists are able to better study plants and other organic matter as a way to heal our bodies. Right now, the scientific community is studying the effects of the plant and the specifics of how it heals wounds, as well as how skin reacts when the plant is ingested. Ayurvedic medicine has been using centella as a cure-all for numerous ailments for centuries – it’s a staple of the healing process that has been proven useful time and time again. Centella is also being researched as a way to treat burns, decrease stretch marks and prevent scars from forming on the skin.

There is also good news for those with varicose veins and other vein issues – centella can help repair the damage and heal capillaries, as well as shrink cellulite for a smoother, more toned appearance. Gotu kola is currently undergoing tests to see how it can help boost collagen and decrease the inflammation currently associated with a number of skin illnesses. If you’re interested in trying this touted miracle product for yourself, however, beware the claims of anti-aging products on the shelves – look for organic or all-natural products, which have the highest levels of gotu kola’s active ingredients than those that are manufactured.

Taking a more hands-on approach, you can also grow centella (often called spade leaf) on your own and reap the benefits more quickly. With summer quickly approaching, now is a good time to plan your garden to include this wondrous herb.