My mom is growing this medicinal herb in her front yard. She said that it is a good cure for diarrhea and effective in lowering blood pressure.
Centella asiatica / Takip-kohol is also known as gotu-kola and pennyworth. Other names are as follows:
Local names: Hahanghalo (C. Bis.); panggaga (Sub.); pispising (Bon.); tagaditak (Iv.); takip-kohol (Tag.); takip-suso (Tag.); tapiñgan-daga (Tag.); yahong-yahong (S. L. Bis.); Indian Hydrocotyle (Engl.).
Medicinal properties according to Bureau of Plant and Industries:
The leaves of Centella asiatica have been widely regarded as having tonic and stimulant properties and have been recommended for many complaints. The plant is reputed to have a direct action on lowering blood pressure. It is also known as a rejuvenating medicament. The leaves are sometimes eaten raw, but more usually a decoction or tea is made from them.
In the Philippines, according to Guerrero, the sap of the leaves is employed as a curative for wounds of the sclerotic. The decoction is considered a diuretic and is said to be useful in gonorrhoea.
The leaves are toasted and given in infusion to children in bowel-complaints and fevers. They are also applied as an anti-inflammatory, to parts that have seed are used for dysentery, fever, and headache.