Medicinal Herbs: Brahmi - Bacopa Monnieri

Writen By: Rudra Life Posted on Oct 24 ,2015
Medicinal Herbs: Brahmi - Bacopa Monnieri
It is also known as Water Hyssop, Herb of Grace, and Indian Pennywort. It is one of the most important medicinal herbs used in Ayurveda, where it is also known as "Brahmi," after Brahma, the God of creation in the Hindu pantheon.

Brahmi finds mentions in Atharva Veda and in texts like the Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita as a Medhya Rasayana class of herb, taken to sharpen intellect and attenuate mental deficits. This was used by ancient Vedic scholars to memorize lengthy sacred hymns and scriptures. Brahmi has long history in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is widely used for its effect in blood circulation that promotes efficient function of the liver, lungs and the kidneys.

Brahmi has traditionally been employed as a neurological tonic and cognitive enhancer; current scientific studies have shown that it has neuro-protective properties. As per Ayurveda it is a Tridoshnashak, it calms down a restless mind thereby improving one’s analytical abilities. Routine intake of Brahmi powder during pregnancy helps in proper growth of the baby physically as well as mentally. On physical level powder of Brahmi is one the best rejuvenator of the body physiology.

Brahmi is valuable plant for brain and entire nervous system. Brahmi is used in epilepsy and mania. Brahmi helps in depression and mental retardation. Brahmi in small doses has cardio-tonic property. Brahmi used in rheumatoid arthritis, the fresh juice of Brahmi is applied to the inflamed joints which help in relieving pain.

In a study conducted to test the efficacy of Brahmi on human memory done in University of Wollongong, Australia, have shown that it enhances the capacity to retain new information while maintaining the capability of learning.

Similar studies that were carried out showed that Brahmi extract improves cognitive capability and mitigates the further deterioration of brain neurons, which is helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer, a debilitating brain disorder. It has antioxidant capacity and scavenges free radicals in the body while protecting the human DNA. It protects the neurons thereby preventing progressive reduction in their mass thus mitigates neural degeneration.

Brahmi has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of asthma. A study conducted to determine the bronchial vasodilation effect of Brahmi suggests that constituents found in Brahmi inhibits the formation of calcium ions thereby enhancing the functioning of the lungs. Other studies have also shown its effectiveness in the treatment of depression, epilepsy, stress and in ulcers, proving the wisdom of this ancient science of Ayurveda.

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