Ayurvedic medicine or what is popularly known as Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness are dependent on the balance between the body, mind and spirit.
The association between Ayurvedic products and anti-aging is gaining popularity in the beauty, health and wellness industry.
In the modern science of preventing skin aging, Centellaasiatica, an ancient healing plant, is making a comeback.
Centellaasiatica, mostly known as only centella, has a high concentration of beta carotene, fatty acids, amino acids and a host of potent phytochemicals. The plant has been known to:
· Calm inflammation
· Promote generation of new cells
· Speed up wound healing
· Increase circulation
· Building collagen
What to look for in your anti-aging creams and serums ingredients
Centellaasiatica has been around for thousands of years and different parts of the world had a name for it.
a) In Chinese medicine centella was referred to as gotu kola and was believed to be among the “miracle solutions of life”. It is also mentioned widely in Chinese legend and it is believed to have helped a famous sage live for more than 200 years.
b) In England, it is known as Pennywort due to its penny like leaf shape. This plant was one of the earliest treatments for leprosy.
c) In France, Centella was first adopted and accepted in medicine as a pharmaceutical agent during the 1800s. It was used in treating female related complications that included infertility, diarrhea and treating dysentery.
d) In India, Centella has more than one name such asjalbrahmi, mandukparni and brahmi. Since Ayurvedic medicine has its origin in India, Centella has been a centerpiece of Ayurveda for thousands of years. It has therefore been used to treat eczema, lupus, infected wounds, syphilis, psoriasis and female disorders.
Centella can also be taken internally as a beverage or tea and it is said to treat fevers, hepatitis and dysentery. In Thailand, it is taken as a cold beverage and is believed to turn the hands of time. Recent studies have also shown that Centella relieves anxiety and depression and also boosts memory.
So, the next time you are in the market for Ayurvedicanti-aging serums make sure you look for those ingredients.
The science behind it
In recent research, scientists were delving into how Gotu Kola heals wounds. They identified some specific plant chemicals known as triterpenoidsaponins (more preciselybrahmoside, brahminoside, asiaticoside, madecassoside and madecassic or madasiatic acid) that have been known to heal wounds. They do so by boosting antioxidants thus they increase the blood supply to the wounded area and strengthen the skin.
Scientists are experimenting with applying Centellaasiaticato prevent scars, treat burns, decrease stretch marks and treat psoriasis.
Centellaasiatica has been used successfully as an effective treatment for broken capillaries, varicose veins and breaking down cellulite by shrinking the tissues that bind fat cells under the skin.