The herb Centella has been used extensively, internally and externally, as a medicine since the 17th century in Thailand, Africa, India and the Philippines.The ancient Indians ate two leaves a day for anti-aging and for tired looking skin. They also used it to treat leprosy sores, syphilis, leg ulcers, slow-healing wounds, venereal sores, tuberculosis, skin lesions and psoriasis.
The main use of Centella is in wound healing and promoting healthy tissue. It is used to prevent the formation of scar tissue as well as to treat leprous ulcers. It is also used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Below is some of the benefits of Centrella
o Improves circulation in veins as well as capillaries.
o Stimulates hair and nail growth.
o Increases vascularisation of connective tissue.
o Helpful in treating arthritis.
o Furthermore, it also is helpful to minimize varicose veins, as it appears to enhance blood flow, increasing the tone of the connective tissue sheath that surrounds the veins, and helps to maintain the suppleness of the veins.
o Increasing the tensile integrity of the dermis (strengthens the skin).
o It is found that in poor connective tissue conditions, the triterpenes are able to renew the collagen, in quantity and quality, and restore tissue firmness and skin elasticity, improving skin appearance and comfort.
o Apart from this it also has anti-psoriatic properties.
o The saponins also prevent excessive scar formation, by modulating and slowing down the excessive production of collagen (the material that makes up connective tissue) at the wound site and also increases the concentration of antioxidants in wounds.
o Various studies have supported these actions of centella and furthermore have been shown to be effective in treating surgical wounds, skin grafts, gangrene, traumatic injuries, burns, chronic skin lesions,ulcers and even leprosy wounds.
o It has great importance in preventing and correctingvenous insufficiency.
o It helps provide treatment for leprosy and skin tuberculosis, as the bacteria are coated in a wax-like substance that the body's immune system cannot penetrate, but this waxy coating is dissolved by Centella, thereby allowing the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.
o For the above it is clear to see why this herb is so often used for :
§ wound healing
§ stretch marks
§ promoting skin health
§ thread veins
§ varicose veins and improving circulation in general
§ strengthening the arteries and veins
o Laboratory tests proved that it contains compounds that exert a balancing effect on connective tissue.
§ The net effect is improved function and integrity of the collagen matrix and supportive structures, leading to remarkable wound healing activity.
When Centella Asiatica was used in treatment of patients with second or third degree burns, the results were excellent. The extract used, prevented or limited the shrinkage and swelling of the skin, caused by infection, and inhibited scar formation, increasing healing and reducing fibrosis.