Centella (Centella asiatica L.)

Centella asiatica

Other names: Hahanghalo, Panggaga, Pispising, Tagaditak, Takip-suso, Taingan-daga, Tapiñgan-daga, Yahong-yahong, Chi-hsueh Ts'ao, Pennyworth, Gotu Kola, Asian pennywort

Centella has a rounded leaves with kidney shaped base. It can grow in different types of condition and is harvested all throughout the year. This herb is used for many years and was mentioned in several listing of pharmacopeia, most notably in the Ayuverdic medicine wherein the earliest record of this herb dates back some 3000 years ago.

Some considers this plant as herbs of all trades. It is used in eliminating excess fluids in the body in problems such as edema and bloating. Its active component, triterpenoids, can increase collagen production in our body thereby facilitating fast wound and ulcer healing and in treatment skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

Newer studies revealed its neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing properties. It can help in decreasing fatigue and depression as well as improve sex drive. The herb can stimulate the nervous system thereby causing anti-stress and anti-anxiety effect, improves memory and in some point intelligence. Since it works directly in these aspects, it is now linked to be a promising herb in treatment Alzheimer’s and other related diseases.