Gotu Kola – “Food for the Brain”
Posted on January 15, 2013
Gotu Kola is known in Ayurveda as “food for the brain” and is regarded as perhaps the most spiritual of all herbs. It is a rejuvenative nervine that has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurveda, and also in Chinese medicine for various nervous disorders. As a brain tonic, it is said to maintain and promote healthy focus and memory. This amazing herb is used as an aid for meditation that is said to balance the two sides of the brain.
Gotu kola has a positive effect on both the mind and body, as it is said to maintain healthy circulatory functioning and blood flow, resulting in the ability to promote healthy healing of scars, wounds, and burns. Medical practitioners have used Gotu Kola as an aid to treat such various ailments as depression, lethargy, urinary tract infections, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, anemia and anxiety. In Sri Lanka people noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, munched on the leaves of the plant. Thus the leaves became known as a promoter of long life.
The optimal process for concentrating Gotu Kola is called supercritical extraction. This organic method uses up to 200 pounds of fresh herb sap to create just 1 pound of super concentrated Gotu Kola extract. Prior to processing, all of the sap is tested for heavy metals and other impurities that would render it unsuitable for refining.
Carbon dioxide (just like the carbon dioxide used to carbonate sparkling water) is used in place of chemicals or alcohol to reduce the raw tree sap into the pure extract. The extract is then recombined with raw herb to create a product so pure that the heady fragrance is still present. This careful process results in an exquisite formula that delivers simplicity, purity and incredible potency all at once.