Gotukola or Indian Pennywort also called Brahmi balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha,
Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses
- Effect on doshas – Balances all three doshas
- Taste –Bitter (astringent aftertaste)
- Energetics – Cooling
- Main Action: Brain tonic which supports memory, intelligence and concentration
- Other Uses: Supports proper function of the nervous system, promotes healthy skin and hair, blood purifier and helps support clear, healthy skin, cooling and relaxing for pitta, calms vata in the mind, and reduces excess kapha in the body.
Components of the plant have been shown to have a number of effects including: inhibition of the growth of colon cancer cells, protection to DNA and membranes against the deleterious effects of ionizing radiation exposure, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory activity, protection against glutamate- or beta-amyloid-induced neurotoxicity, cartilage protective activity, selectively decreases amyloid beta levels in hippocampus and enhancement of dendritic arborisation, positive modulation of cognition and mood in the healthy elderly volunteers, treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis, and wound healing ability.