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Centella asiatica

Centella asiatica

Afrikaans:  Varkoortjies

English :     Pennywort

IsiXhosa:   inyongo, inyonqwana, nongobozana

Hindi:         brahmi

Description and diagnostic features   

   It is  a crawling little plant with leaves more or less penny size and shape. At every node in the runner one leaf on a thin stalk arises and roots grow down.


Part used     



    Cooked as a food especially in the Eastern Cape where  women mix it with their maize meal porridge.  It helps overcome constipation.

    It is also a great tonic and in tincture form it is used in water to reverse arthritis of the knuckles in the hands.  The swollen knuckles can be relieved and the  fingers will even straiten.

    I love three fresh leaves eaten daily when they are available.




    It grows in many damp places.


    It grows easily from stolons.