Centella asiatica, also known as ‘Vallarai’ in South India, belongs to the family of herbs that help in maintaining youthful vigour and strength, reveals Charaka, the foremost exponent of Ayurveda.

Apart from providing vigour and strength, it improves the receptive capacity of the mind, improves memory, voice, physical stamina, complexion and digestive capacity of the body. The herb is also advisable for diabetics and people suffering from anaemia. The extracts of the plant are also being used in cosmetology as an ingredient in face creams and anti-wrinkle creams.

Centella asiatica (Vallarai) herb

Vallarai should however, not be confused with Brahmi, as the former is grown naturally on the banks of ponds, streams, rice fields and even at home without much effort. The leaves of the plant, which is slightly bitter in taste, could be dried and powdered, and a quarter teaspoon of the powder could be taken regularly as a general tonic by adults or could be included while cooking food.

Vallarai tonic is also found to improve memory power among children, when given in small proportions by mixing concentrated aqueous extracts with sugar and honey. The tonic does not require any terminal processing, except addition of milk, to a tablespoon of the tonic.

Vallarai, being a well-known traditional herb in India, is mainly used as an alternative tonic and diuretic, and with no side effects being found, it is safe for use. Pregnant women should however, consult a physician prior to use.

15 Responses to “Vallarai herb to maintain youthful vigour and strength”

  1. Mike says:

    But where can you find this in the United States for purchase as a dried herb? From my research, I found that it is called pennywort. Is this correct?



  2. Devi says:

    It’s aviable in US Clifornia. What is the exact name in english. Vallarai an avilable in any gorden centers to grow?I’m expecting your advice.

  3. Sama says:

    It’s also called Brahmi, Gotu kola, Bacopa monnieri, and Mandukparni. In the market it’s more known as Brahmi or Gotu kola.

  4. shyama says:

    vallarai-Centella Aasiatica-Mandukaparani-goto kola-indian pennywort is diff from Brahmi-Bacopa monieri. Mainly used as a general tonic and memory tonic with no side effects. Fresh vallarai is commonly sold in South India for cooking purpose. Dry powder can be purchased from Indian Medicine shops.
    Brahmi is stronger and used as a medicine. Dry powder of brahmi is also available.
    Often Vallarai can be sold as Brahmi I think.

  5. rameshraju says:

    Centella Asiatica (Saraswathi Aaku) is available even in Andhra Pradesh, India. Chewing a leaf daily increses memory power. It also improves speech and reduces stuttering.

  6. Varanayam Kundi Thevadi says:

    Vallarai keerai is known in english as “Neggerman’s Fallace”. Most african american families grow this herb in their back yards in hopes that they will be able to smoke it some day. Although primitive, the apes feel that the herb has magical powers. Very much like Harry Potter.

  7. S.Parthasarathi says:

    I also now come to know about the importance of the vallarai so i will also eat it .I need to ask a question that whether this vallarai can be made as juice ? can we eat it raw ?

  8. jaffar says:

    Vallarai name in english is pennywort

  9. There are some excellent dishes made with vallarai which are tasty as well as healthy.

    Another alternative is to take it in powder form. The dried leaves are powdered to a fine consistency and taken with water or milk.

  10. Vallarai is also an woderful medecine for nerval problem’s. In varma kalai vallarai plays a majar role in varma therapy. To know more about varma kalai please browse this link http://www.avrdt.com

  11. poorvi says:

    Can anyone please tell me if this vallarai herb is available in Mumbai? And if yes, where can i find it?
    Please let me know, if anyone has any information about it.
    Thank you

  12. Hari says:

    I am from Chennai and Vallarai and Brahmi capsules are available in capsule form. I can help you procure the same and send it to your address. Please write to me in my email….haris05@rediffmail.com

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  14. Tam Paalam says:

    Vallarai can be found at the Chinese / Vietnamese Market or stores where they sell Asian Vegetables.

  15. R.Jayanthi says:

    I have given vallarai juice to my son as he was having the problem of anxiety disorder. but after giving vallarai juice, it was a great miracle that he is so calm at present. so I am suggesting vallarai is best for releiving anxiety, depression and stress.