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ABSTRACT Centella asiatica is a herb used since ancient times in Ayurveda to improve cognitive functioning. The current study aimed at managing the cognitive decline in elderly with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other age related problems. MCI is a serious problem which may be converted into Alzheimer disease. Although the concept of MCI is based on the presence of specific cognitive deficits, several studies show that these subjects can develop depression, disruptive behavior (e.g agitation, aggression). The present study was conducted in sixty elderly subjects with written consent obtained, registered at the geriatric out patient clinic at S.S. Hospital, BHU aged 65 and above. The Diagnostic tools used in this study were Mini Mental State Examination, Activities of Daily Living, Instrumental Activities of Daily living and Yesavage Geriatric Depression scale. The Centella asiatica extract was prescribed in dosage of 500mg twice a day (1000 mg daily) for 6 months. A favorable improvement is observed in cognitive functioning, depression and other age related conditions like Hypertension, insomnia, loss of appetite, constipation etc.

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    ABSTRACT: This paper covers the studies relevant to neuroprotective activity of Centella asiatica (L.) Urban, also known as "Gotu Kola." The plant is native to the Southeast Asia and has been used traditionally as brain tonic in ayurvedic medicine. The neuroprotective effect of C. asiatica has been searched using the key words "Centella, Centella asiatica, gotu kola, Asiatic pennywort, neuroprotection, and memory" through the electronic databases including Sciencedirect, Web of Science, Scopus, Pubmed, and Google Scholar. According to the literature survey, C. asiatica (gotu kola) has been reported to have a comprehensive neuroprotection by different modes of action such as enzyme inhibition, prevention of amyloid plaque formation in Alzheimer's disease, dopamine neurotoxicity in Parkinson's disease, and decreasing oxidative stress. Therefore, C. asiatica could be suggested to be a desired phytopharmaceutical with neuroprotective effect emerged from traditional medicine.
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