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The study, published in the American Journal of Science, detailed a new discovery by the biologists — the daily growth of new brain cells in the adult macaque monkey.

Because of this discovery, we now know your brain can grow new cells.

This is very important, because our brains shrink as we age.

Over the course of your life, your brain will lose 5% to 10% of its weight. The shrinkage starts around your 20th birthday.

Today, we can help prevent this consequence of aging by renewing the growth factors that decline with age. This is the best way to slow down brain shrinkage.

And we can do it with an herb that’s native to Bali and Southeast Asia, just as macaque monkeys do.

It’s an herb called gotu kola.

When I traveled to India, I found gotu kola there, too. It’s one of the most important herbs in the oldest system of medicine in the world, Ayurveda medicine.

I always have faith that something works when I see the same tradition of use spring up in totally unrelated places around the world.

Ayurveda also uses goto kola to reduce anxiety, reduce fever and treat skin conditions. It also improves circulation and has an ancient link to longevity…

However, it’s the brain-boosting activity of gotu kola that makes it most interesting for me.

I know losing memory and brain power are two of my patients’ top concerns.

But studies now show that gotu kola can help spur growth in brain cells.

In a recent study, gotu kola extract helped increase neurite growth in mouse brain cells, proving that the extract was responsible for this growth.

In a new study on human brain cells, researchers treated the cells with different concentrations of an extract of gotu kola (centella asiatica).

However, there is also another healing benefit of gotu kola. Contained in the gotu kola plant is asiatic acid, which has been known to fight and induce cell death in tumors. In a recent study, asiatic acid was also found to inhibit the growth of non-small lung cancer cells.

Gotu kola is used by the locals as something of a “first-aid kit” with many traditional uses. Westi gave me the inside story on some of them…

“Gotu kola grows wild across much of Bali. People here also cultivate it in their gardens. It’s also a handy first-aid treatment for bug bites and small cuts. We just crush a few leaves in our hands and rub them on the wound to cleanse and speed healing.

In Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola is one of the most important herbs for rejuvenation. In Bali, gotu kola is sometimes called “the student herb,” because it sharpens the mind.”

Grow New Brain Cells With This Ayurvedic Herb

I recommend my patients use gotu kola in three ways.

  1. As an extract. Take 10 drops or from 10-20 ml per day.
  2. As a powdered herb (available in capsules). Take 400 mg - 600 mg, three times a day.
  3. As a dried herb. You can make a tea of the dried leaf, three times daily. Use up to 6 grams of dried leaf.

Gotu Tea

Directions:

  1. To prepare leaves for tea, dry them in indirect sunlight and store them in an airtight jar.
  2. When you’re ready to make your tea, crush a few leaves into a cup, then cover with boiling water.
  3. Steep for a few minutes, strain out the leaves.

Gotu Tea