Latin Name: Centella asiatica
English Names: Indian Pennywort, Gotu-kola
Sanskrit / Indian Name: Mandukaparani
Centella asiatica is a prostrate, stoloniferous, perennial weed found in crop fields.
It includes the glycosides indocentelloside, brahmoside, brahminoside, asiaticoside, thankuniside and isothankuniside. In ayurveda, the plant is used for the treatment of leprosy and skin diseases and also to improve memory, as an antidote to cholera, and in bronchitis, asthma, gastric trouble, catarrh, leucorrhea, kidney troubles, urethritis and dropsy. The plant also has tranquilizing, anabolic, antiprotozoal and spasmolytic properties.