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Botanical name: Hydrocotyle asiatica
Other names: Indian pennywort
Family: Apiaceae
Part used: Leaf
Taste (rasa): Bitter, astringent and sweet
Characteristic (guna): Dry and light
Energy (veerya): Cooling
Post digestive effect (vipak): Sweet
Dosha effect: VPK=
Action (karma): Brain tonic, heart tonic, purifies the blood, nerve tonic, slows ageing, benefits the skin, wound healing, anti-inflammatory
Dose: Up to 30g as an infusion
Contraindications: Large doses can cause dizziness


Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine’ by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.

Gotu Kola (organic), 50 grams


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