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Centella asiatica


Location in Arboretum: Swan Coastal Plain Wetland
No on Map: WET05 - grows around edges of wetland



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  • Centella asiatica is the plant with the roundish leaves in the photo above.
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  • Centella asiatica is used as a leafy green in Sri Lankan cuisine, where it is called Gotu Kola. It is most often prepared as mallung; a traditional accompaniment to rice and curry. In addition to finely chopped gotu kola, mallung almost always contains grated coconut and may also contain finely chopped green chilis, chili powder, turmeric powder and lime or lemon juice.  In Indonesia, the leaves are used for sambai oi peuga-ga, an Aceh type of salad, and it is also used in Malaysia for salads (1).
  • The activity of asiaticoside, isolated from Centella asiatica, has been studied in normal as well as delayed-type wound healing. These results indicate that asiaticoside exhibits significant wound healing activity and is the main active constituent of Centella asiatica (2).
  • Titrated Extract from Centella asiatica (TECA) is a drug which has been used for many years in Europe for the treatment of wound healing defects (4).
  • Centella asiatica extract is used effectively in the treatment of keloids, leg ulcers, phlebitis, slow-healing wounds, leprosy, surgical lesions, striae distensae and cellulitis. Athough applied frequently to damaged skin, the risk of acquiring contact sensitivity to this plant or its constituents is low (5).
  • Centella asiatica is commonly used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat various diseases (for centuries as a nerve tonic). Oral administration of the extracts (CE and AF) retarded the development of solid and ascites tumours and increased the life span of these tumour bearing mice (2).