Centella asiatica is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. Native to the Asian continent, it is a plant commonly used in traditional Indian cosmetic medicine. Present in 80% of cosmetic products intended for the prevention of body blemishes such as obvious capillaries, edema, heavy legs, water retention and pefs (cellulite), it is also a plant present in food supplements together with horse chestnut, pilosella , rusco and escin as rich in tannins, flavonoids, saponins, polyphenols and phytosterols; these substances are fundamental for the vasoprotection and the improvement of the emo-lymphatic microcirculation.
In fact, let’s not forget that blemishes such as so-called cellulite and water retention are very often caused by a slowing down of the microcirculation, followed by an accumulation of tissue toxins which then leads the cells to live in an environment poor in oxygen and nutrients. The aesthetic alterations are in fact the result of a water imbalance which, together with the poor oxygenation and an altered metabolism, then lead to chronic degenerative processes.
Factors that can contribute to the onset of imperfections due to poor circulation are:
- bad posture;
- an inadequate lifestyle;
- wrong eating habits: excessive consumption of carbohydrates, saturated fats, sweets, smoking and alcohol;
- vitamin deficiency;
- excessive exposure to sunlight;
- the disuse of elastic stockings.
What is the Centella asiatica? The cosmetic and therapeutic properties:
- Stimulating action on the venous circulation:the phlebotonic properties (improve the elasticity of the veins) and anti-edema (stimulate the reabsorption of interstitial fluids) make the Centella asiatica useful in case of venous insufficiency, varicose veins, spider veins and nocturnal cramps. It is easy to find it in cosmetic preparations, such as anti-cellulite creams, to be used together with a hemolymphatic massage for the elimination of water retention and the unaesthetic orange-peel skin; in decongesting ointments for the lower limbs or together with muds or bandages which, placed directly in contact with the skin and left to act for at least 30 minutes, give benefit and lightness to painful and swollen limbs.
- Anti-inflammatory action:this property makes the Centella asiatica useful in dermatological creams indicated for the treatment of sensitive and irritated skin.
- Vasoprotective action:the properties of centella asiatica make it effective in the treatment of capillary fragility. Centella makes blood vessels more toned and therefore less fragile, thanks to the vasoactive property. In herbal medicine there are pearls for oral use to be taken twice a day, or even preparations for infusions and herbal teas.
- Cicatrising action:the plant stimulates the production of collagen inside the tissues, promoting healing; Centella-based ointment can also be indicated in case of wounds and irritations.
Contraindications of the use of Centella asiatica
Before using the asathetic centella the presence of contraindications is specified:
- Those prone to allergies must be careful.
- If you take your medication, ask your doctor for advice.
- It is not recommended for those taking anti-depressants and benzodiazepines.
- Avoid use if you are pregnant.
- May increase headache attacks in susceptible individuals.
- It may have a hyperglycaemic effect, so those at risk of diabetes should be especially careful .