Brahmi is a creeping herb, generally found in muddy wetlands, enriched with many bio-chemical compounds such as Brahmine, Herpestine, flavonoids, saponins, sterols, alkaloids, Betulic acid, stimastorol, betasitosterol, bacoside, and bacopasaponins. This Ayurvedic medicine is used as aphrodisiac, memory booster, boosting health and tonic for many ailments. Bacopa is an edible plant, has small oval leaves, which are succulent. Its fruits are oval and sharp at the apex.
Top 10 health benefits of Brahmi
This Indian Ayurvedic herb is known for multiple health and medicinal benefits. Some of its important benefits and uses are given below:
- Brahmi for hair loss: Applying this oil on the scalp is good to strengthening the hair follicles. Its massaging is beneficial in checking dandruff, itchiness, formation of split ends and flakes.
- Scalp nourishment: The massage of hot Brahmi oil provides proper nutrients to the hair follicles thus invigorating the hair growth.
- Prevents Alopecia: Brahmi oil is rich in bio-chemical compounds in the form of antioxidants. The massage with this oil treats temporary or permanent baldness.
- Brahmi for fair skin:The presence of antioxidants in the Ayurvedic herb help to dispel toxins from the body, especially from the epithelium layer thus improves skin complexion and stimulates skin cell regeneration. It is also good for inner skin that lines the digestive tract, which support the functions of healthy microbes. Brahmi is used in treating of psoriasis, eczema, abscess and ulceration
- Treats insomnia: Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil helps to overcome sleep disorder, which leads to cure depression, anxiety, tension and stress. It is recommended that a person is suffering from such negative domains of health should massage his head every night with this oil. It is helpful with hyperactive children too.
- Deals with mental problems: Brahmi oil has refreshing effects on mind, used as mental tonic that helps in focused concentration, increasing memory power, mental alertness, amnesia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, Brahmi has nitric oxide, which has positive impacts on the brain functioning and mental clarity.
- Brahmi treats Alzheimer’s: The presence of amyloid compound in neurons is responsible to brain damage and augments Alzheimer’s disease. The bio-chemical bacosides compound in Brahmi influences the brain cells and helps in re-building of brain tissue.
- Brahmi for stress reduction: Brahmi acts as a stress buster and mood elevator by the decreasing the level of cortisol hormone, which is the main culprit for stress. Brahmi acts as adaptogen by adapting the stressful conditions. Taking the tea of Brahmi-Tulsi eases to cope up rough times.
- Brahmi for memory: Brahmi affects the hippocampus part of the brain, which is responsible for intelligence, memory and concentration. The powder of Brahmi will be also beneficial for hyperactive children (ADHD). The leaf of the brain show similarities with cerebellum thus helps in memory and concentration
- Brahmi for epilepsy treatment: Bacopa has been used since long times as neurological tonic and cognitive improvement. It is used in curing of neurological problem (epilepsy) when taken along with Vacha. The chemicals bacosides A and B improves neuro-transmission among brain cells. They help to repair damage neuron too. Its chemical properties mitigates neuro-degeneration
Medicinal uses of Brahmi
There are many medicinal and therapeutic uses of Brahmi. Some of the important uses are follows: It ensures smooth circulation of blood thus good for healthy liver, lungs and kidney. It is also used as to increase sex drive, impotence, arthritis, cholesterol, insomnia, memory booster, mental fatigue, IBS, bronchial problems, inflammations, cough, asthma, antidepressant and rheumatism.
Side effects of Brahmi
- One should avoid using it while taking birth control pills
- During estrogen replacement therapy, it should be avoided.
- Stop it if you are taking phenothiazine
- Too much consume of it leads to stomach discomfort.
- One shouldn’t consume it above the doses of 2 tsp
Common name of Brahmi
Bacopa is known by different names. Some of its common as well as scientific names are being given below: Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa monniera, Herpestis monniera, Moniera cuneifolia, Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, Thyme-leaved gratiola, Babies tear, Nirbrahmi, Indian Pennywort, Water hyssop, Herb of Grace, Andri, Jal-brahmi, Nira-brahmi,