Daun Pegaga (Centella asiatica): The Health Benefits

Centella asiatica is a plant which is the specific Asian tropical plants that have been used for health purposes for centuries. Its ability in blood cleansing and activate the organs is very impressive and it is one of the most trusted natural
remedies for detoxification the liver, kidneys and skin. It has a lot of properties such as antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anticancer. Here are the health benefits of Centella asiatica or pegaga.

Centella asiatica For Skin Health:
The research starts about 80 years ago where this herb is showing potential in treating skin problems such as leprosy, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s known as the “cooling blood cleansing” type of herb and it is full with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that very helpful to treat skin conditions. So the extract of this herb is one of the oldest home remedies for skin.

Centella asiatica Venous Conditions:
You can use Centella asiatica to reduce venous swelling and improve blood circulation. The conditions as varicose veins will cause blood pool in the legs and this herb can treat this condition as fast as 4 weeks. The researchers agreed that by taking 180mg of Centella asiatica per day will reduce the swelling, ankle edema and cramps.

Centella asiatica For Wound Healing:
The extract from this herb can be used as wound healer. The antiseptic properties in it allowed the wound to heal faster and strengthen the skin. The antioxidant is also helping the scar to be less visible.

Centella asiatica For Anxiety:
For the one who suffering from an anxiety attack, this is the natural remedy for you. The therapeutic efficacy and anti-anxiety activity that helps to treat anxiety symptoms in human are still under research, but the anxiety patients that took this herb are likely to have less startled to new or sudden noise. The study is also published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2000.

Other Health Benefits

In Malaysia, Centella asiatica is called Daun Pegaga and it is one of the herbs that can be taken as a tea. Daun Pegaga tea is good for maintaining health and it can heal respiratory infections, fatigue, fever, asthma, and even viral infections such as hepatitis and syphilis. In Chinese medicine, this herb is known as the “fountain of life” because its ability in promoting a very good health for the body. The herbalist is also using Centella asiatica for treating insomnia, cancer, circulatory disorders, hypertension, and cellulite.

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