"The herb of enlightenment"
Brahmi/Gotu Kola Benefits and Uses
This many-named plant is popular throughout several cultures as a brain and focus supplement, with some having called it "the herb of enlightenment."10 In Sri Lankan folklore, for instance, it is said that gotu kola is what gives elephants their celebrated capacity for memory and longevity.11
Speaking of longevity, brahmi/gotu kola is often classified as a rasayana (rejuvenative herb) that works to slow the effects of aging.12 Legend has it that Tai Chi Chuan master Li Ching-Yun lived to the age of 256 with the help of an herbal regimen that included brahmi/gotu kola.13