The Gotu Kola herb has been used in ancient medicine to improve memory, increase longevity, and to stimulate the Pineal Gland (the Third Eye). Some say the Pineal Gland, located in the center of the brain, is the doorway to enlightenment.
Gotu Kola has become a very popular herb lately, and for many a good reason.
I have been drinking fresh Gotu Kola juice every day for the past four months. This is in addition to drinking raw wheat grass, a regimen that I’ve been practicing for many years while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
One of the great things about living in Southeast Asia, is the abundance of ‘super’ herbs like Gotu Kola and many others.
I have found Gotu Kola to be such a vital part of my diet, because of its many health and healing abilities, I make a point to visit the local raw juice shop no matter how busy I may be.
Activating and decalcifying the Pineal Gland is one of my priorities, and this spiritual herb is very well known for conquering this task. In Western countries, inorganic fluoride is added to the drinking water, which is detrimental to the Pineal Gland. Commercial toothpaste isn’t helping any either; inorganic fluoride is in 99% of these products as well.
If you’re interested in having this vital (and misunderstood) organ in peak working order, there are a few simple changes that need to made in the diet. The most important: drink only bottled spring water or distilled water, and use only herbal toothpaste that has no flouride. Then, start supplementing your diet with Gotu Kola. Eventually your Pineal Gland will be decalcified, which means greater intuition, synchronicity and meditative experiences.
Now, here is some additional info about Gotu Kola, the herb of enlightenment:
In nature, form follows function. It should come as no surprise then, that one of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine’s most treasured herbal medicines, Gotu Kola (Sanskrit: Brahmi, Latin: Centella asiatica), is highly reminiscent of the shape of the human brain.
After all, it has been revered for thousands of years for its ability to enhance cognitive function.
But Gotu Kola’s impressive list of benefits go much further than that—in every sense, this herb is a veritable panacea of healing; a true adaptogen (a term used to describe herbs that have a balancing and harmonizing effect on the mind, body and spirit).
For this reason, it was highly prized in both ancient India and China, with references to the plant showing up in classical Ayurvedic and Daoist medical texts.
In both countries and across Asia, Gotu Kola was known as a longevity herb. The Daoist master and herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was, in his time, a famous proponent and user of the plant. Ancient Chinese medical texts report that he died at the ripe age of 256 years old and attribute his longevity in large part to the use of Gotu Kola on a daily basis.
Of particular interest in our fast-paced, intellectually demanding modern world is Gotu Kola’s ability to enhance nearly every aspect of mental functioning.
Typically herbs or substances that can achieve such feats are highly stimulating; however, Gotu Kola is centering, which makes it ideal for anyone looking for a cognitive boost without any of the unwanted and imbalancing side effects of stimulants.
In one study, children who took a half a gram of Gotu Kola extract powder every day for one year demonstrated significant improvement of their intellectual level. After six months, there was a substantial improvement in intelligence, cognitive function and concentration.
Gotu Kola has long been a favorite herb of Daoists, monks, yogis and sages due to its unique cerebral effects. Many Ayurvedic texts reference the herb’s spiritually enhancing properties, poetically referring to it as the ‘Herb of Enlightenment’.
Meditators in particular have sought the plant out for its ability to harmonize the right and left brain hemispheres, which produces a heightened state of awareness, commonly seen in people demonstrating what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has popularized as flow states—states where one becomes intensely absorbed with the activity at hand, in which learning and brain circuitry are significantly enhanced.
Gotu Kola grows widely throughout Central Asia and parts of Africa and is native to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and various islands in the South Pacific.
It’s a small green plant similar on a genetic level to carrots that thrives in wet areas and is used in much the same way as one might use cilantro or parsley in the West.
Many health conscious locals add Gotu Kola leaves to salads as a general life-enhancing tonic and preventative.
So the story goes, Sri Lankans noticed elephants regularly eating leaves of the plant, and after trying it themselves, discovered the quite noticeable and profound effects it had on memory and lifespan, which gives credence to the fact that the elephant has been methodologically associated with these qualities throughout human history. —Justin Faerman
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