Medicinal Herbs and ADHD


Scientific Name: Centella asiatica


  • Triterpenoid saponins (asiaticosides, madecassoside & brahmoside, brahminoside)
  • Nutrients (Vitamins K & B, Na, Ca, Mg)
  • Amino acids
  • Flavonoids (quercitin & kaempferol)
  • Volatile oils (Α-humulene, germacrene & β-caryphyllene)
  • Phytosterols (phytosterols (campesterol, sitosterol & stigmasterol)
  • Tannins
  • Mucilage
  • Resin
  • Alkaloid (hydrochotine)
  • Fatty acids (linoleic acids, linolnelic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids).

Medicinal actions:

  • Adaptogen
  • Alterative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Bitter
  • Connective tissue builder
  • Diuretic
  • Nervine Tonic & Neuroprotective
  • Peripheral vasodilator
  • Vulnerary

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Triterpenoid saponins (asiaticoside) are vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, and considered to be responsible for anxiolytic effects. Will increase vascularization of connective tissue and the formation of structural glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid).
  • Brahmoside is a diuretic. Along with brahminoside may be responsible for CNS depressant and reduced motor activities (yet to be confirmed by clinical studies).


  • Infusion
  • Tincture
  • Capsules
  • Topical as poultice, oil, lotion or salve

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • Infusion: 1 tbsp/cup, infuse 10 min, TID.
  • Tincture: (1:5, 45%), 1-2 ml TID. Max 40 ml/week.
  • Capsules: 50-200 mg, TID, standardized to 40% asiaticosides.
  • Topical as poultice, oil, lotion or salve.
  • Pulse dose: 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off.


  • May inhibit efficacy of anti-diabetic agents & anti-hyperlipidemics.
  • May have additive effects with vasodilators, CNS depressants, and alter effects of GABAnergic medications.

Scientifically driven. Education focused. Healing Inspired.

Subscribe to Insights

Receive clinically driven nutrition insights you can trust.

Animated Newsletter WM

Join Our Community to Read Further

This is a premium article created for our Healthcare Practitioner readers. Create a free account to continue reading and gain full access.



WholisticMatters offers health care practitioners and nutrition enthusiasts alike the opportunity to create a free profile for access to site features like bookmarking. Enjoying an article you are reading or a video you are watching? Save it to come back to later! Sign up in seconds for continuous access to all that WholisticMatters has to offer.

WholisticMatters also offers health care practitioners who create a free user profile access to exclusive content and tools to utilize in clinical practice. Articles, tools, and downloads created specifically for practitioners to use in their office for better patient education in clinical nutrition and health. Sign up today with your email and credentials so we can confirm you as a health care practitioner, and you are free to peruse the resources unique to you and your colleagues in health.


Create Your Account:

show-pass Please use 8 or more characters with a mix of letters, numbers & symbols

Create a free account to use our great bookmarking tool

Once your account is created, you'll be able to save and organize what matters to you!

Already have an Account? Login Here

Click 'Sign Up' above to accept Wholistic Matters's Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Are you a Healthcare Professional? Sign Up For Free Access!

We'll verify your credentials and get you access to our great interactive tools.

Already have an Account? Login Here

Click 'Sign Up' above to accept Wholistic Matters's Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.