Centella Asiatica or gotu kola or Tiger grass, is a plant of Asian origin, used in traditional medicine to treat small wounds, burns, scratches or even eczema. The main biologically active compounds of centella are: asiaticoside, madecassoside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Centella asiatica has several benefits:
  • Hydrates: stimulates the glycosaminoglycans (polysaccharides) which are part of the extra cellular matrix (= liquid substance between our skin cells) of which hyaluronic acid is a part
  • Wound healing: increases collagen synthesis, as well as the proliferation and migration of fibroblasts and accelerates re-epithelialization which are important processes in wound healing
  • Anti-ageing: the increase in collagen synthesis also makes it effective on wrinkles, especially since centella asiatica has antioxidant activity.
  • Centella asiatica in dermatology: an overview, Phytotherapy research, 2014
  • Moisturizing and Antiinflammatory Properties of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Centella asiatica Extract, Indian Journal of Pharmacology Science, 2016