Mandukaparni or Centella Asiatica is a herb having a high medicinal value. It is also called Gotu Kola or Indian Pennywort. It is a powerful herb that possesses strong medicinal properties, which can help in the treatment and prevention of several diseases. It provides a rich source of potent alkaloids, sterols, tannins, triterpenes, and glycosides, which can help in improving the health of the person. It is revered for its adaptogenic and anti-aging properties. It also acts as a nerve tonic and memory booster.

Indications, Benefits, and Uses

The health benefits of this medicine are as follows:

Anti-aging

Mandukaparni is a natural anti-aging agent. It produces an adaptogenic action and thus, reduces the effects of physical and mental stress on the health of the person. It creates a restorative and rejuvenating influence on the nervous system, which helps to prevent disorders arising due to a stressful lifestyle such as diabetes, and hypertension.

The anti-aging properties of this herb help in delaying the degeneration of the tissues in the body. It helps to protect the bones, joints, skin, brain, and the nerve from the effect of age-related wear and tear and improves the quality of patients’ life.

Central nervous system

Mandukaparni acts as a tonic for the brain and the nerves. It helps to boost the functions of the brain and thus, increases memory, attention span, and concentration of the person. It can also help in preventing the occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which cause memory loss.

It also produces a calming and soothing effect on the brain. This helps to prevent anxiety and minimizes the effect of stress. Hence, the use of this herb is also recommended for the patients suffering from depression.

Unlike the commonly used antidepressant drugs, Mandukaparni does not cause sedation and allows the patients to carry out their routine activities without feeling drowsy.

Mandukaparni also replenishes and supports a healthy nerve functioning. It helps to activate the alertness of mind. It is used for the treatment of a number of neurological disorders such as neuralgias and diabetic neuropathy.

Insomnia

Mandukaparni can be used to treat insomnia. It is helpful in providing restful sleep by alleviating stress and anxieties.

Varicose veins

Mandukaparni has been proved to be effective in treating chronic venous insufficiency, which results in varicose veins. This condition is caused due to the laxity or the improper functioning of the walls of the veins. This makes it hard for the veins to push the blood upward from the legs toward the heart, causing it to pool or collect in the legs. This results in more pressure on the walls of the veins due to which they become lax, and swollen leading to a condition called varicose veins.

Mandukaparni helps to treat this problem by producing a vasodilator action. It improves the blood circulation and strengthens the vessel walls. It also provides relief from the symptoms of this disease such as itching of the skin on the back of the legs, pain in the legs, and cramps.