What is Brahmi ?
Brahmi known as Bacopa Monnieri is a perennial plant, native to southern and Eastern India. Brahmi has been mentioned in the Charak and Sushruta Sahmita’s in the 3rd century AD. In Ayurveda, Brahmi is considered Sattvic in nature and derives its name from Lord “Brahma” the creator.
Where and how is it cultivated ?
Traditionally Brahmi grows in the wetlands, damp and shallow waters, However it can also be grown almost anywhere if ample hydration is provided. It is like a creeper with many branches on which you find thick leaves, accompanied by small flowers.
What are the medicinal uses of Brahmi ?
Prevention is the daughter of intelligence and preferable over cure. The consumption of Brahmi in Vedic texts points out its ability to awaken your chakras, which may be understood in a modern way as a balance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. In doing so you realise “Sat Chit Ananda” which translates into “existence” “Consciousness” and “Bliss”. Therefore this Sattvic herb aids and assists you to give up addictions of all kinds, including sugar, alcohol, and drug abuse.
The nootropic effect of this herb has been known for centuries. Many researches have been conducted in recent times to confirm its properties as, an anti-oxidant, antispasmodic, adaptogenic, cardiotonic, alterative, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and antiepileptic agent. This makes it useful in the following conditions:
Brahmi contains active compounds called bacosides, which have been shown to have antioxidant effects, which neutralize free radicals and thus be useful in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Brahmi shows potent Anti-inflammatory qualities as it suppresses some of the molecules which aid in inflammation. Many chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart, and kidney diseases including cancer, are a result of chronic inflammation.
Memory and brain function
Several studies have been conducted which point to three common observations, that Brahmi improves memory, rate of processing visual information and therefore the health of the brain.
ADHD creates hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness in a person, tests have revealed significant results on all three conditions.
Brahmi as a mood elevator significantly reduces Anxiety and stress.
alterative, astringent, diuretic,
antipyretic and antiepileptic