Brahmi is a perennial herb most well known for its memory enhancing property. It grows in wet, tropical environments. The leaves of this plant are succulent, oblong, and 4–6 mm (0.16–0.24 in) thick. It’s botanical name is Bacopa monnieri and belong to family Plantiginaceae. It is also named Indian penniwort.
Chemical Constituents –
Major alkaloids of Brahmi are Brahmine and Saponins such as Bacposide A and B which enhance memory, creativity and motivation. This makes it Brahmi a good brain tonic.
• Cooling effect
Useful Forms –
• Brahmi Juice – 1-2 teaspoon twice a day
• Brahmi Paste – ½-1 teaspoon once or twice a day
• Brahmi Oil – ½-1 teaspoon once a day
• Brahmi Powder – ½-1 teaspoon twice a day
• Brahmi Capsule – 1-2 Brahmi capsule twice a day
• Brahmi Tablet – 1-2 tablets twice a day.
• Brahmi Infusion or sharbat – 3-4 teaspoons once or twice a day.
Health Benefits –
• It is useful in managing mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and insanity.
• This herb may be useful in managing age-related memory loss due to the presence of antioxidants, thus helps in reducing the accumulation of a protein responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.
• It may help reduce attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.
• It is useful in promoting mental health, intellect and improving memory.
• It may be useful in managing certain sexual problems. In males, it improves sperm quality and sperm concentration. In females, it may be useful in managing infertility. Brahmi may also stimulate sex drive.
• It helps to calm Vata-Kapha and removes excess mucus from the lungs. This gives relief from the symptoms of asthma.
• This herb stimulates certain epilepsy causing genes, proteins and pathways thereby reversing the probable cause and effects of epilepsy.
• It may be useful in managing chronic pains due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in managing pain caused due to nerve damage or injury.
Side Effects –
• Dry mouth
• Increases thirst
• Palpitations by decreasing heart rate.
• Increase stomach and intestinal secretions if you have stomach ulcers.
• It may increase thyroid hormone.
There isn’t enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. So it’s better to avoid use of this herb in pregnancy and in lactating mothers.
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