Centella asiatica plant

Centella asiatica

25 October 2022
What Centella asiatica is?

Centella asiatica, also commonly called ‘tiger grass’, is a medicinal plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. It grows in wet and marshy areas or near rivers or streams and is therefore widespread in China, India and Indonesia. It is a typical plant in the Indian medical tradition. Its main applications are in dermatology and cosmetics as it contains a series of active ingredients called penta-cyclic triterpenoids including three asiaticoside triterpenes (cicatrizant action), asiatic acid (acts on capillaries improving microcirculation), madecassocoside (anti-inflammatory), flavonoids, phytosterols.

Since antiquity, the extract of this plant has been used in phytotherapeutic medicine for its beneficial effects on the skin.

What properties Centella asiatica has?

Today, its various properties are scientifically recognised to such an extent that Centella Asiatica is a medicinal plant with a thousand uses:

  • It stimulates venous circulation, improving vein elasticity and fluid reabsorption.
  • It has an anti-inflammatory action.
  • It improves the tone of blood vessels, making them less fragile thanks to its vasoactive properties.
  • Promotes healing by stimulating collagen synthesis.
  • The actions of this active ingredient make it ideal for treating areas where microcirculation is not optimal, such as cellulite and periocular bags.

Centella Asiatica is contained in high concentrations in Gen-Hyal Eyes, an eye contour serum with draining and soothing activity.

Sources:

Bylka W, Znajdek-Awiżeń P, Studzińska-Sroka E, Brzezińska M. Centella asiatica in cosmetology. Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2013;30(1):46-49. doi:10.5114/pdia.2013.33378

J.H. Sampson, A. Raman, G. Karlsen, H. Navsaria, I.M. Leigh, In vitro keratinocyte antiproliferant effect of Centella asiatica extract and triterpenoid saponins,Phytomedicine,Volume 8, Issue 3,2001,Pages 230-235,ISSN 0944-7113,https://doi.org/10.1078/0944-7113-00032.

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