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Name: Centella asiatica
Botanical name:Hydrocotyle asiatica L.[1],[2],[3], [4], [5]
hydrocotyle LunataLam.[3]
Centella coriacea Nannfd., Hydrocotyle asiatica L., Hydrocotyle lunata Lam., and Trisanthus cochinchinensis Lour.[6]
Synonyms/common names :Gotu Kola[7], [5],[8], mandookparni[9]
English names:Indian Pennywort[3], Asiatic Pennywort, marsh Pennywort, water Pennywort, Pennyweed [4],wild violet, and tiger herb[6]
Trade name: Collaven®, Madecassol®, Emdecassol®[3]
Madecassol®(an ointment), and Centellase, a tablet formulation containing C. asiatica extract.[11]
some products in market containing Centella asiatica:Geriforte,
Nourishing skin cream from Himalaya Drug Company, India
SNP control cream, SD Biotechnologies co.,Ltd, Korea
Menosan, Abana, Mandukaparni, Mentat from Himalaya Drug Company, India[12]
Description: Family :Apiaceae(Umbelliferae)[1],[2],[3]
A perennial creeping plant[2],[3],[12]
It is distributed throughout tropical and subtropical regions of World such as India, China, Nepal, Madagascar, Srilanka and Indonesia etc.[12]
Chemical Nature: lipolytic in nature[13]
Extract used: methanolic extract[5]
aqueous extract[14]
hexane, ethyl acetate extract[8]
chloroform extract[15]
hydro-ethanolic extract[16]
acetone fraction of aqueous extract for radioprotection study[17]
hydro-alcoholic extract for radioprotection study[18]
Triterpenoids, Volatile and Fatty acids, Alkaloids, Glycosides, Flavanoids, Vitamin B, C, G and some amino acids[12]
pentacyclic triterpene derivatives[3]
asiatic acid, madecassic acid, madecassosides and asiaticoside A and B, terminolic acid[3], [19], [5],[20],[11],[13]
castilliferol and castillicetin, isochlorogenic acid [21]
mesoinositol, centellose, betulic acid, brahmic acid and isobrahmic acid, brahmoside and brahminoside[22]
centelloside, brahmoside, brahminoside, thankuniside, sceffoleoside, centellose, centellic acid, Thankunic acid, Isotankunic acid, Indocentoic acid[23]
madecassoside, asiaticoside, madecassic acid and asiatic acid [24]
flavanoids, phenolic constituents[25]
Aerial parts:
Centellasaponins B, C, and D, madecassoside, asiaticoside, asiaticoside B, and sceffoleoside A[26]
Roots, stem and bark:
& Indications:
Pharmcological Action-
anxiolytic activity in rodents[8], in humans[7]
extract exhibited Anti-allergic, anti-pruritic, and anti-inflammatory activity in animals[27],[15],[28]
antinociceptive in mice[28]
neuroprotective[6], in rats[29]
aqueous leaf extract showed antistress activity in animals[30] analgesic in rats[15]
cardioprotective in rat[32]
hepatoprotective in rat[33]
antidiabetic in rat[35]
antioxidant in vitro[9]
Therapeutic indications:
administration of C. asiatica regularly for two months reduced stress, attenuated anxiety, negated depression and enhanced adjustment and attention in patients without any side effects in humans[16]
Used as memory enhancer[36]
Centella asiatica extract is used effectively in treatment of keloids, leg ulcers, phlebitis, slow-healing wounds, leprosy, surgical lesions, striae and distensae, and cellulitis[37]
It is mentioned in a review that it is recommended for the treatment of various skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhoea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genitourinary tract [38]
Centella asiatica is reported to be beneficial for improving symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency in humans[39],[40],[41]
Preclinical study-
C. asiatica attenuated the acoustic startle response in humans[7]
Centella extract prevented ethanol- induced gastric mucosal lesions in rats[42]
Faster dermal wound healing, also open wound healing after administration of alcoholic as well as aqueous extract of C. asiatica has been observed in rat in vivo[43],[14]
Centella asiatica extract is shown to attenuate the age-related decline in cognitive function and mood disorder in the healthy elderly human subjects[44]
Extract improved symptoms of gastrointestinal ulcers in humans[10]
Centella asiatica extract modulates the genotoxicity of cyproterone acetate on human lymphocytes in vitro.[45]
extract is suggested to be effective in generalized anxiety disorder in man.[16]
Extract was shown to be anticonvulsant in rats hence suggested to br effective in treatment of epileptic seizures[46]
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16. Jana U et al, A clinical study on the management of generalized anxiety disorder with Centella asiatica. Nepal Med Coll J 2010; 12(1): 8-11.
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24. Rafamantanana MH et al, An improved HPLC-UV method for the simultaneous quantification of triterpenic glycosides and aglycones in leaves of Centella asiatica (L.) Urb (APIACEAE). Journal of Chromatography B. 2009;877 :2396–2402.
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28. Somchit MN et al, Antinociceptive and antiinflammatory effects of Centella asiatica. Indian Journal of Pharmacology. 2004;36(6):377-380.
29. Kumar A, Dogra S, Prakash A, Neuroprotective Effects of Centella asiatica against Intracerebroventricular Colchicine-Induced Cognitive Impairment and Oxidative Stress. Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2009 ; pii: 972178.
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33. Antony B et al, Hepatoprotective effect of Centella asiatica (L) in carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury in rats. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2006;68(6):772-776.
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44. Wattanathorn J et al, Positive modulation of cognition and mood in the healthy elderly volunteer following the administration of Centella asiatica. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 ;116(2):325-32.
45. Siddique YH et al, Antigenotoxic role of Centella asiatica L. extract against cyproterone acetate induced genotoxic damage in cultured human lymphocytes. Toxicology in Vitro 2008;22 :10–17.
46. Visweswari G et al, The antiepileptic effect of Centella asiatica on the activities of Na+/K+ , Mg2+ and Ca2+-ATPases in rat brain during pentylenetetrazol–induced epilepsy. Indian J Pharmacol. 2010; 42(2): 82–86.