Centella Asiatica – a plant way to anti-age
Centella Asiatica is herbal medicine known and appreciated, since ancient times. It’s use is currently experiencing a revival on account of research findings that place it directly into the center of the anti-aging movement. Centella has been found to have properties that can combat the process of aging.
Centella, which is known across cultures by different names, such as Gotu Kola, perrywort, or brahmi among others, has been found to be containing large amounts of potent phytochemicals, amino acids, vitamins and other active components. These constituents have begun to excite researchers, the cosmetic and the anti-aging industry, and extensive investigations are stirring the hope for a truly valuable panacea.
Gotu Kola has shown to have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have concluded that it instigates cell growth, and increases the production of collagen in the skin. Centella is further said to repair damaged blood vessels, to protect skin cells from damage of sunlight exposure, and to break down the formations of cellulitis. The medicinal prospects of this herb look very promising and are extensive and very diverse.
For the consumer that seeks to anti-age, these findings may mean that Centella has the potential to improve hydration, elasticity and firmness of skin. Furthermore, it has been found that Centella can counter memory dysfunction. It improves alertness, enhances memory and may have a positive effect in the development of Alzheimer.
The homeopathic remedy of Centella Asiatica is known by the name of Hydrocotyle asiatica. It’s profile suggests it’s use in cases of inflammation of connective tissue, and in malignant cellular growths. It has a large profile in affections of the skin, in psoriasis, acne, eczema, lupus. Characteristic are dry eruptions, and pustules with scaly edges, where there is exfoliation and terrible itching. There is a female profile that suggests its use in uterine growths, in inflammation at the neck of the bladder, vaginal pruritus, leucorrhoe, and ovarian pain. Furthermore are muscular, neural and arthritic and rheumatic affections benefited from Hydrocotyle asiatica.
Centella Asiatica’s use for anti-aging, is bringing the herbal panacea out from the traditional herbal apothecaries and practices. Aging lies in the nature of life, Centella is unlikely to reverse or stop the process, but it may be able to make the aging process a slower and healthier one.
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