Gotu Kola is a small creeping plant found over large areas of Africa, Asia and Australia, to name a few. Its traditional use includes both culinary and medicinal use.
The leaves are considered to be a nutritious addition to the diet and are used in salads, side dishes and cooked in a similar way you would cook most leafy greens. In Thailand, centella is referred to as Bai bua bok and is commonly used to make a green health tea/drink.
In traditional herbal medicine, gotu kola is used to help treat minor wounds and damaged skin/tissue, thanks to its connective tissue regeneration properties. It is used extensively as a brain tonic and studies have also shown gotu kola to have good antioxidant activity, which may explain its traditional use as an anti-ageing remedy.