Gotu Kola: The Longevity Herb That has Helped set Lifespan Records
How long can a human being live? Global life expectancy is 72 years old with Japan leading the way with 83 years of life expectancy. It sparks everyone’s curiosity when some people live into their 100’s. As impressive as that is, that is not the most shocking record. Just last year, an Indonesian man died who claimed he was 146 years old. And the oldest person to likely ever live is Li Ching-Yuen from China who died in 1933. Various reports including one from the New York Times put his age between 197 and 256 years old.
While unverified on official levels, Daoist records provide proof for his age as well as clues to his longevity. This herbalist lived a highly spiritual life and used Gotu Kola to add years to his existence. This longevity herb has seen its fair share of research in the recent years, adding more proof to its longevity claims.
Li Ching-Yuen became a herbalist at only 10 years old, and for the rest of his life kept a mostly vegetarian diet with many herbs. Besides Gotu Kola, he took He Shou Wu and Ginseng, and participated in Qigong. All may have contributed to his long and healthy life, as well as his attitude. When asked about his long life, he once said: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.”
Gotu Kola: “Godlike” Longevity Herb
Gotu Kola is an Ayurvedic medicinal plant that is also commonly used in Chinese and Indonesian traditional medicine. It is known as the “herb of longevity” by some and as a “Godlike” plant by others. This longevity plant has both spiritual and reality-enhancing abilities.
After discovering Gotu Kola in the mountains, Li Ching-Yuen used it all his life and found it to prevent old age and the diseases associated with it.
Today’s research confirms this claim.
Protects Against Old Age
“Two leaves of Gotu Kola a day keep old age away.” — Sinhalese proverb
A 2012 study on mice has shown that Gotu Kola can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. 1 in 10 people over 65 years old today are affected by Alzheimer’s; it is also the sixth leading cause of death in North America. A herb that can help prevent this statistic can be huge. Healthline recommends taking 30 to 60 drops of Gotu Kola extract three times a day for Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
This is not the only age-related disease Gotu Kola keeps at bay. A 2016 study showed that it can improve cognitive function and help recover after a stroke.
Gotu kola helps reduce anxiety, stress, sleep problems, depression, while also improving circulation and detoxing the body. All of these effects keep the body younger and functioning better.
Complete list of Gotu Kola benefits:
- Improves blood circulation
- Fights depression
- Treats bloating
- Prevents Alzheimer’s
- Support thyroid function
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Promotes wound, scar, and skin healing
- Fights stress
- Helps fight blood diseases
- Promotes cognitive function
- Increases energy
- Detoxifies the body
Gotu Kola is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with liver issues, skin cancer patients or survivors, or those under 18. Everyone else may benefit from this incredible longevity herb, but as always, consult a health professional before use.
Booming health is not the only reason to take Gotu Kola. Besides an incredibly long age, it also may have increased Li Ching-Yuen’s spiritual gifts and knowledge.
The Herb of Enlightenment
Not only does Gotu Kola help a person live a long life, it also promotes spiritual growth that can lead to enlightenment.
For this reason this herb has always been a favorite among Yogis, Monks, and Daoists. In India, it is considered to be one of the most spiritual herbs. Ayurvedic texts refer to it as “The Herb of Enlightenment.” Its benefits for the cognitive function include balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which helps those who meditate. It also brings more awareness, increase consciousness, and help you get to a flow state.
If you are looking to live a longer and more spiritual life, try Gotu Kola—this longevity and enlightenment herb may be for you!
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