Brahmi is the name derived from the Lord Brahma. It is said that the use of Brahmi for the memory goes back 3000 years or more in India. Brahmi represents the creative energy of this earth.
Its botanical name is Bacopa Monnieri; also known as thyme-leafed gratiola, water hyssop, herb of grace, Indian pennywort. It is a perennial, creeping herb native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Bacopa is a profusely branched, prostate, succulent herbaceaous plant with a deep green colour. It is a glabrous annual rooting at the nodes with ascending branches. The flowers are pale blue, purple or white. The fruits are ovoid with 2-valved capsules and minute numerous seeds. It has no distinct odour but a slightly bitter taste.
Though Brahmi is now promoted as the ‘brain booster’ of the new millennium, Ayurvedic medicine has known this for millennia. It is highly valued in conditions affecting the nervous system and brain. As such it is often prescribed for epilepsy, psychiatric disorders such as a mental breakdown, dementia, alzheimers, neuralgia and poor concentration and memory.
Clinical evidence supports Bacopa’s anti-inflammatory activity which explains its traditional usage for general inflammation and splenomegaly. Considered a bronchodilator, those suffering from asthma or bronchitis have benefited from Bacopa. Its emmenogogic action make it useful in amennorhagia and dysmennorhoea.
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Traditional/ Ayurvedic uses:
Brahmi is considered as the main rejuvenating herb for the nerve and brain cells. It is often mixed as a hair oil to restore and preserve the memory and taken internally with ghee to aid its assimilation across the blood/brain barrier.
Brahmi is used in traditional Indian medicines for centuries. for the treatment of bronchitis, chronic cough, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, fluid retention, blood cleanser, chronic skin conditions, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems, depression, mental and physical fatigue and many more.
It is used to treat all sorts of skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, abscess and ulceration. It stimulates the growth of hair and nails.
Brahmi possesses anti-cancerous properties.
According to the Ayurveda Brahmi has antioxidant properties. It has been reported to reduce oxidation of fats in the blood stream, which is the risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
It is given to the infants to boost memory power intelligence.
Brahmi is used in Alzheimer’s: The presence of amyloid compound in neurons is responsible to brain damage and augments Alzheimer’s disease. The bio-chemical bacosides compound in Brahmi influences the brain cells and helps in re-building of brain tissue.