Vallarai (Gotu Kola or Brahmi leaves) has a huge number of benefits. This tea can be a boon to those who would like to control blood pressure and reduce stress. Since this is an all natural herbal drink, there are no side effects. This is easy to prepare and the ingredients are easily available. The herbs can be grown in your own homes without effort.
This Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) tea can also help those fighting depression and its symptoms. Head over to read the tutorial on how to make a herbal tea with Gotu Kola and Tulsi leaves.
It is used in ayurvedic and traditional pacific medicine for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
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The results revealed that compared with placebo, Gotu Kola significantly attenuated the peak ASR amplitude 30 and 60 minutes after treatment… These preliminary findings suggest that Gotu Kola has anxiolytic* activity in humans as revealed by the ASR.
*Anxiolytic means a drug that can reduce anxiety.
Bradwejn, J., Shlik, J., Koszycki, D., & Zhou, Y. (2000). A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) on acoustic startle response in healthy subjects. J Clin Psychopharmacol., 680-4.
The efficacy of CA (Centella asiatica) in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders have been tested on small animals and are believed to be associated with its brahmoside and brahminoside constituents or saponin glycosides.
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