Ji Xue Cao – Gotu Kola – Herba Centellae

Ji Xue Cao

English Name: asiatic pennywort, gotu kola

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Centellae

Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Dampness-Drying Herbs

Properties: Ji Xue Cao enters the Liver, Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, and Large Intestine channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and cold in temperature.

What is Ji Xue Cao:

The Chinese Herb Ji Xue Cao (commonly known as asiatic/Indian pennywort or gotu kola (Centella asiatica)) is a low-growing perennial herb in the parsley family. It is native to swampy/wet areas in tropical climes of Asia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Ji Xue Cao:

Ji Xue Cao enters deeply into the body to clear accumulations of damp-heat. It can be combined with other herbs to address gastro-intestinal disorders, hematemesis, uterine bleeding, and eye disorders (e.g. night blindness in children, inflammation, cataracts, and glaucoma).