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Gotu Kola

Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica, Hydrocotyle asiatica). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 - Antidiabetics: Gotu Kola may decrease the effectiveness of antidiabetics.

Warning 2 - Antilipidemics: Gotu Kola may decrease the effectiveness of antilipidemics.

Warning 3 - Photosensitivity: This herb is known to sometimes cause exaggerated sunburns or, more rarely, an allergic reaction to sunlight with itching and blister like eruptions.

Used as a natural health remedy: Gotu Kola is commonly used externally healing mild wounds.

Usage 2: Gotu Kola is used internally as an antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, anxiolytic, a cerebral tonic, a circulatory stimulant, a diuretic, nervine and as a vulnerary to speed the healing of wounds.

Usage 3: Gotu Kola stimulates the sex drive and has been used as an Aphrodisiac.

Side Effects of Gotu Kola

The known side effects of using Gotu Kola include the following:
  1. fainting
  2. headache
  3. hypersensitivity
Other side effects may also occur when using Gotu Kola. (See form below)

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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For questions and answers about the side effects of herbs see the Herb Forum

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