What is Brahmi?
Brahmi is a native Indian herbal remedy that may be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, especially those related to cognitive ability.
It is also known as:
- Bacopa monneiri (Botanical name)
- Water hyssop
- Indian pennywart
- Coastal waterhyssop
- Thyme-leaf gratiola
The Brahmi plant consists of stemmed leaves that are thick and crinkled and arranged in opposing patterns. It is also a “creeping herb” that flourishes in bogs and muddy wetlands. Traditionally Brahmi was grown in India but can now be found in the marshy wetlands of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Central America and even Florida in the USA.
The Properties of Brahmi
Brahmi is loaded with antioxidants and carries a number of substances that stimulate neurotransmitter function in the brain. It is considered a brain and nerve tonic and consists of main active substances:
1. Bacoside A, which relaxes the aorta and veins that stimulates circulation and allows blood to flow more smoothly
2. Bacoside B, which is a protein that nourishes brain nerve cells.
Physiologically, Brahmi works to restore the frontal cortical receptor activities, and reduces the excessive amount of Tribulin in the brain that is often caused by for anxiety. It also acts as a natural sedative/tranquilizer, and stimulates brain dopamine receptors that are often inactive in disease states such as Parkinson’s or Depression.
The Benefits of Brahmi
Brahmi may prove beneficial in the treatment of many medical conditions and diseases. Some of these include:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Anxiety disorder
- PTSS (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Arthritis and joint aches
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Hair loss
- Post-natal depression
- Irregular menstruation
- Chronic skin conditions
- Fluid retention
- Mental and physical fatigue
The different chemical properties of Brahmi combine to produce benefits such as:
- Enhanced learning, academic and mental capabilities.
- Feeling of calmness and sedation
- Reduction of anxiety and feeling of stress and depression
- Increased clarity of thought
- Improved short and long-term memory and concentration capability.
- Reduced tension in the muscles
- Improved insomnia
- Assists with smooth digestion
- Reduces symptoms of asthma
- Calms skin disease and irritation
- May alleviate symptoms of ADD in children
- May slow down the signs of ageing and promote longevity
- Body detoxification
- Stimulation of hair and nail growth
Whilst it will vary from person to person, the beneficial effects of Brahmi should be seen within a 3-4 week period. Please be careful to follow the advice of your local Naturopath or Ayurvedic practitioner as extremely large doses may cause toxicity and result in death.