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P = A Penny for your thoughts?

January 6, 2012

P is for Pennywort.

Also known as Centella asiatica.  

In Ayurvedic practice it has a valuable and sought-after Vayasthapana effect – helping to slow down the aging process.

Indian Pennywort is a small creeping herb with shovel shaped leaves.  In India it is revered as a medicinal herb, and particularly in Manipur the full plant is eaten as food like a leafy vegetable. Indian Pennywort appears to have originated in the wetlands of Asia.

The leaf and root extract has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time but has become very popular in the past couple of years for both internal use as well as topical application .

It is said that 2 leaves a day keeps old age away!

Modern science also seems to be catching up again to the old Ayurvedic sciences and we have seen how Pennywort (Centella asiatica):

“There seems to be  clear research evidence that plants like Pennywort possess neuro-protective properties and that they could have significant implications, as part of a wider healthier lifestyle, for people with memory loss and other degenerative conditions in the brain.”  Andrew Ward (InnOrbit)


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