Last update Feb. 8, 2015
Very Low Risk
We do not have alternatives for Gotu Kola since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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Gotu Kola is also known as Indian Pennywort. Here it is a list of alternative known names::
Gotu Kola belongs to these groups or families:
Main tradenames from several countries containing Gotu Kola in its composition:
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Pro Lactancia Materna (APROLAM) of Mexico
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At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.
It contains triterpenic saponins (asiaticoside and madecassoside), tannins, phytosterols and essential oil.
Frequent and exaggerated use of triterpenes may cause liver damage.
Properties that are attributed for topical use (some clinically tested) like are healing of wound and venous tonic. There is no proof on effectiveness when used by mouth.
Because of a low or nil systemic absorption through skin or vaginal mucosa, the topical use is believed be compatible with breastfeeding. Do not use it on the breast or clean it thoroughly to avoid ingestion by the infant.
Avoid oral administration.