Gotu Kola has been used for thousands of years as a nutritive herbal tonic in both Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine and in the Ancient Asian Herbal tradition. It is used in many traditional culinary dishes throughout India, China and Indonesia where it is eaten raw in salads or used as a daily tonic as a tea. It appears in many longevity myths. In one piece of lore, Chinese Herbalist, martial artist and Qigong master Li Ching-Yuen is said to have lived past 250 years of age due to using various herbs including Gotu Kola. According to the energetic principles of Ayurveda, Gotu Kola is bitter, astringent and sweet in the Rasa taste energy, cooling in action according to Virya and balancing for all three constitutions such as Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. It is considered a wonderful daily herb to support general well-being, vitality and health.