Brahmi/Bacopa Monnieri belongs to the family of Nootropic herbs, known to promote cognitive abilities. It has several chemicals that promote the protein synthesis process in the nerve and the brain cells, developing the mental capacity of the brain.
Unlike other herbs, an entire plant of Brahmi is used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. Its name comes from the Sanskrit term, brahman, which translates to “the totality of life.”
Brahmi in Ayurveda
Brahmi is considered to be one of the best herbs for balancing and rejuvenating all three Dosha or dynamic forces of our body. It pacifies Pitta Dosha, Kapha Dosha, and prevents aggravation of Vata Dosha.
It enhances the quality of Sadhaka pitta which directly influences the nature of consciousness. It promotes strength, growth, and nurtures all the seven Dhatu. It aids in the recovery from exhaustion, stress, and debility.
Health Benefits of Brahmi
The human nervous system deteriorates with age due to the oxidation process, which sometimes can be aggravated by eating habits and environmental factors.
Oxidative damage to brain cells can be slowed down and sometimes reversed with essential nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, choline, and Omega fatty acid.
Brahmi strengthens Central Nervous System
- Brahmi has been widely researched for its chemical constituents such as alkaloids, saponins, sterols, and antioxidants that can enhance nerve impulse transmission. Triterpenoid saponins, Bacosides, help in transmission of nerve impulse which strengthens memory and cognition.
- Furthermore, Brahmi is capable of strengthening the mind to withstand and manage the input of the senses, resulting in a balanced and blissful heart.
- In several animal studies, it was observed that Brahmi has anxiolytic effect. It decreases elevated noradrenaline, increases serotonin, and hence helps to calm down.
Promotes Cognition and Intellectual Capabilities
- Improves verbal learning, memory consolidation, and speed of early information processing.
- Also, it affects memory cognition and health in elderly through different mechanisms. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory actions, improves blood circulation, metal chelator and removes β amyloid deposits.
- Also, it decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information.
Supports Immune System Functioning
- Strengthens the immune system, allays excess sexual desire and is beneficial in venereal diseases, including AIDS.
- Possesses antimicrobial activity against skin pathogens, enhanced wound breaking strength, and rate of contraction.
- Supports skin collagen tissue formation and decreases free radical generated tissue damage.
- Cleanses the kidneys, while calming and soothing the liver.
Cleansing Action to flush the toxins
- It is an excellent purifier to cleanse the system of all sorts of toxins and hence useful in skin related ailments such as leprosy, eczema, cutaneous affections, and psoriasis
Digestive System Health
- It aids in strengthening of mucosal barrier and healing of ulcers. Also, it inhibits lipid peroxidation, thus aids in treatment of stress-induced ulcers.
- Brahmi helps to ease constipation caused due to stress and relaxes muscles. It is beneficial in relieving tension throughout the system.
Promotes Reproductive System and Cardiovascular System Health
- It calms the heart and helps guard against heart attacks.
- It alleviates menstrual pain and female reproductive disorders.
Urinary System Health
- It has a cooling effect on urinary system through Pitta elimination.
- It relieves from the heat of cystitis and pain of dysuria.
- It also has mild effect on urinary tract infections as Pseudomonas and Klebsiella.
- In India and many parts of South East Asia, Brahmi is widely used for culinary and nutritional purposes in salads, soups, or as pickled.
- In Ayurvedic formulations, Brahmi is used to prepare medicated oils, concoctions and herbal powder mixed with other herbs such as Ashwagandha, Manjishtha, Shankhpushpi, Neem, and Turmeric.
- Brahmi given with honey for prolonged duration to attain longevity, improve memory and intelligence.
- Brahmi swarasa should be taken with honey and ghee for promoting intellect in pediatrics.
- Fresh juice of Brahmi massaged on rheumatic joints relieves pain and swelling.
- Medicated milk of Brahmi is used in dysuria and urinary calculi.
- Daily doses of Bacopa Monnieri is 5-10 g of non-standardized powder, 8-16 mL of infusion, and 30 mL daily of syrup.
- For Bacopa extracts standardized to 20-percent Bacosides A and B, the dosage is 200-400 mg daily in divided doses for adults and 100-200 mg daily in divided doses for children.
Long term and high dosage use of Brahmi should be taken under the direction of a specialist as Brahmi in therapeutic dosage has a significant impact on respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, and urinary systems.