Gotu kola (Centellaasi atica) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 18 2021

Gotu kola (Centellaasi atica) profile

Gotu kola (Centellaasi atica) is a plant of the family Umbellifera that inhales soft, moist grasses and is found chiefly in the tropics and subtropics. Gotu Kola likes to live in wet riverbanks, swamps, meadows, damp wasteland, villages, roadsides, and ditches. Stems are prostrate, rooting at nodes. Leaves are alternate, petiole long; Leaf blade id rounded or reniform, 2 -- 4 cm in diameter.

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Morphological characteristics of Gotu kola


Gotu Kola is a creeping perennial herb, often curled into a mass.


Gotu kola has fan-shaped leaves and small white flowers, and rooting along the stolons. Long reddish stems are with rounded leaves, bright green cup-shaped leaves with crenate margins, nodes producing small leaf clusters and roots. Gotu kola is up to 50cm high. Stems are slender, rooting on nodes, glabrous or slightly hairy. Leaves are simple alternate; Petiole is 2 -- 15cm long, base sheathlike; Leaf blade is reniform or suborbicular, 1 -- 3 x 1.5 -- 5cm, base broadly cordate, margin obtuse serrate, both surfaces glabrous or sparsely pubescent on dorsal veins; 


Gotu Kola is monoumbel solitary or 2-4 aggregates; Petals are ovate, purplish-red or milky white.


Fruit of Gotu Kola is globose, cordate-shaped or truncated at the base, 2 -- 3m long, 2 -- 3.5mm wide, with a number of longitudinal ribs on each side, with conspicuous small transverse veins between the ribs, reticulate, smooth or slightly hairy.

Gotu Kola likes to live in wet riverbanks, swamps and grasslands.  

The ecological habits of Gotu kola

Gotu Kola is born in the dank grasslands, fields and ditches at an altitude of 200-1990m. Gotu kola is pleasant to sunshine and humid environment. Gotu Kola is distributed in Southwest China and Shaanxi, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Taiwan, Hubei, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and other provinces.

The distribution area of Gotu kola

Originally produced in India, Gotu Kola is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. In China, it is mainly distributed in provinces south of the Yangtze River, including Shaanxi, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Hunan.

The propagationof Gotu Kola

Seed propagation: Drill sowing in spring and autumn, with soil covering 2-3cm.

Cultivation technique: Propagation by seed division.

Splitting propagation: in early spring. Seedling frequently weeds, dry season attention watering.

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Collection and storage of Gotu Kola

Summer, autumn two harvest the whole grass, remove silt, dry or fresh.

Uses of the Gotu Kola

Cosmetic raw materials

Application in the field of cosmetics and skincare products:

Gotu Kola can tighten the connection between the epidermis and the dermis, making the skin soft, helping to solve the problem of skin sclerosis (especially for postpartum mothers), and making the skin smooth and elastic. Gotu kola helps to promote the formation of collagen in the dermis, so that fibrin regenerates, reconnects, and fundamentally eliminates mother lines. Dicotyledonous umbellate family, detoxification and abscess removal.

Used in the cosmetics industry, it can make an excellent facial cleanser, such as the Gotu Kola facial cleanser.

Medical uses

Gotu kola is a nerve tonic, can improve memory, reduce mental fatigue; It can also lower blood pressure and treat liver disease. In addition, clearing heat and dampness; Gotu kola can activate blood and hemostasis; Detoxify and detumescence. For jaundice, heatstroke, diarrhea, sand-drenching and blood drenching, carbuncle swelling and sore poison, fall and flab injury.

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